Agnès Varda, a central figure in the French New Wave movement, died exactly two years ago today. We have put together a list of 5 films that you should not miss, famous for the films and documentaries she has introduced to the cinema history Have a nice time.
Cléo de 5 à 7(1962) IMDb 7,9
While waiting for the result of a biopsy, the French singer Cléo, A.K.A. Florence, visits a fortune teller; drinks coffee and buys a new hat with her house-keeper; is visited by her lover and her composers; visits her model friend; and meets and has a brief affair with a military man. Finally, she meets her doctor who gives her his diagnosis.
Sans toit ni loi(1985) IMDb 7,7
In winter in the south of France, a young woman is found frozen in a ditch. She’s unkempt, a vagabond. Through flashbacks and brief interviews, we trace her final weeks as she camps alone or falls in with various men and women, many of whom project their needs onto her or try to give her life direction. She squats in an old house smoking hash with a man, falls for a Tunisian laborer and works beside him pruning grape vines, stays with a couple shepherding goats, meets an agronomist trying to save plane trees, gets tipsy with an old woman, and has an offer to appear in porn films.
Le bonheur (1965) IMDb 7,6
Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful, the sun shines and the birds sing. One day, Francois meets Emilie, they fall in love and become lovers. He still loves his wife and wants to share his new greater happiness with her.
La Pointe-Courte (1955) IMDb 7,1
There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector’s visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple – He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian – coming to terms with their changing relationship.
Visages Villages (2017) IMDb 7,9
Agnes Varda, one of the leading lights of France’s honored French New Wave cinema era, and professional photographer and muralist, J.R., partake on a special art project.
Together, they travel around France in a special box truck equipped with a portable photo booth and traveling printing facility as they take photographs of people around the country. With that inspiration, they also create special colossal mural pictures of individuals, communities and places they want to honor and celebrate. Along the way, the old cinematic veteran and the young artistic idealist enjoy an odd friendship as they chat and explore their views on the world as only they can.
Movies that Give Effective Messages to the Audience
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Avatar (2009) IMDb 7.8
A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Snowpiercer (2013) IMDb 7.1
In a future where a failed climate change experiment has killed all life except for the survivors who boarded the Snowpiercer (a train that travels around the globe), a new class system emerges.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) IMDb 5.5
The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Bacurau (2019) IMDb 7.4
After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.
American Psycho (2000) IMDb 7.6
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Killing Them Softly (2012) IMDb 6.2
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Vice (2018) IMDb 7.2
The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Wall Street (1987) IMDb 7.4
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) IMDb 7.5
Michael Moore’s view on what happened to the United States after September 11 and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Nomadland (2020) IMDb 7.4
A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
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The 400 Blows – Francois Truffaut (1959) IMDb 8,1
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
The Ballad of Narayama – Keisuke Kinoshita (1958) IMDb 7,9
A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.
Being John Malkovich – Spike Jonze (1999) IMDb 7,7
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
A City of Sadness – Hou Hsiao-hsien (1989) IMDb 7,9
The story of a family embroiled in the “White Terror” that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s.
Cure – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (1997) IMDb 7,4
A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they’ve done.
Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman (1982) IMDb 8,1
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.
Deliverance – John Boorman (1972) IMDb 7,7
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Fargo – Coen Brothers (1994) IMDb 8,1
Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
The Great Escape – John Sturges (1963) IMDb 8,2
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
The Housemaid – Kim Ki-young (1960) IMDb 7,3
A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.
Intentions of Murder – Shohei Imamura (1964) IMDb 7,7
A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar.
Io Island – Kim Ki-young (1977) IMDb 6,7
An investor planning on developing a tourist resort begins an investigation into the legends of the mysterious Io Island in the hope of exploiting its unspoiled beauty.
Life Is Sweet – Mike Leigh (1990) IMDb 7,5
A shop assistant, her cook husband, & their twin daughters ponder their lives over a few weeks in a working-class suburb north of London.
Lola Montès – Max Ophlus (1955) IMDb 7,3
When she is reduced to appearing in a circus, a notorious beauty thinks back on her past loves.
Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller (2015) IMDb 8,1
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.
10 Movies Full of Metaphor
Here are ’10 Movies Full of Metaphors’ that you will not get over. Have a good time.
Stalker (1979) IMDb 8,2
Two men and their guide, a ‘stalker’, travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the wilderness called ‘the zone.” In the zone, nothing is what it seems. In the zone, there’s said to be a bunker, which contains: a ‘magical’ room, where people who make wishes…come true.
Only by following the Stalker’s lead can the two men hope to make it to the bunker – and the room.
As they travel, they realize it may take something more than just determination to succeed.
No Country for Old Men (2007) IMDb 8,1
In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander, and even employer in the pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.
Groundhog Day (1993) IMDb 8,0
TV weatherman Phil Connors is cynical, to say the least, and having to go yet again to Punxsutawney, Pa. on February 2 to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow isn’t his idea of fun. He’s grumpy with his segment producer Rita and downright nasty with cameraman Larry. He doesn’t take the shadow business at all seriously but the next morning awakens to find he is reliving the same day. Initially disbelieving and fighting what is happening to him, Phil eventually accepts that he will re-live the same day over and over again. He uses the opportunity to acquire new skills – piano playing and ice carving among them – and soon becomes the most admired man in Punxsutawney. Just how many times he relives the day, however, is anyone’s guess.
Persona (1966) IMDb 8,1
Swedish actress Elisabet Vogler, while on stage during a performance of Elektra, becomes mute. The day following, she is in a near-catatonic state. The doctors in charge of her case diagnose no medical reason that would cause these disabilities. A nurse named Alma is assigned to be Elisabet’s caretaker, who believes that there is some sort of inner strength that Elisabet possesses to choose not to speak. Since Elisabet is not allowed visits by either her husband or her son, the doctor provides her own secluded beachside summer house as a respite for Elisabet and Alma. To break the silence during the respite, Alma speaks continually to Elisabet, ultimately about personal details of her life. Elisabet responds to Alma’s talking, and Alma uses these situations as her own therapy sessions. Alma admires Elisabet and wants to be like her. As the women spend more time alone together, Alma learns more about her patient. But Alma also begins a transformation, which she now knowingly tries to stop because of those things she has learned about Elisabet.
Solyaris (1972) IMDb 8,1
The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him.
He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence.
Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom (2003) IMDb 8,0
A young boy lives in a small floating temple on a beautiful lake, together with an elderly master who teaches him the ways of the Buddha. Years later the boy, now a young man, experiences his sexual awakening with a girl who has come to the temple to be healed by the master. The youth runs away to the outside world but his lust turns his life into hell, so he returns to the lake temple to find spiritual enlightenment.
Die unendliche Geschichte (1984) IMDb 7,4
The boy Bastian misses his mother, who has died and is bullied at school by three bullies. One day, he is running away from4 the three boys and hides in a bookstore, where the owner shows him a book that he has never read called “The Neverending Story”. Bastian does not resist and shoplifts T book, leaving a note telling them that he will return the book after he reads gfffit. He goes to the school attic and anxiously reads the book that tells the story of the magic kingdom of Fantasia that is doomed to destruction unless the boy Atreyu can’t go save it. But he needs the help of an Earthling boy to avoid that The Nothing destroys his world.
The Fountain (2006) IMDb 7,2
Three stories – one each from the past, present, and future – about men in pursuit of eternity with their love.
A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that’s wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.
Eraserhead (1977) IMDb 7,4
In a highly industrialized and somewhat stark alternate reality, Henry learns from the beautiful woman that lives across the hall from him that he has been invited to dinner at the home of Mary and her parents, which surprises him as he has never met Mary’s parents and wasn’t even sure that he and Mary were still dating or a couple. At the dinner, Henry will learn that there is an ulterior motive to the invitation: Mary has just given birth and her mother expects Henry to marry her daughter. Despite the offspring’s premature arrival, Henry initially doesn’t believe the baby is his as the math just doesn’t compute. Regardless, Mary and the baby move into Henry’s small apartment with him. Unable to endure the baby’s incessant crying, Mary abandons them, leaving Henry to care for the baby on his own, he unsure if only temporarily or for good. In their solitude, Henry begins to have visions – unclear if they are real or hallucinations – which point to the possibility that the baby is biologically his, but that perhaps that the world in which they live is controlled by otherworldly forces.
Holy Motors (2012) IMDb 7,1
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.
Prometheus (2012) IMDb 7,0
Following a faint trail of clues, the accomplished archaeologist, Doctor Elizabeth Shaw, and her partner, Charlie Holloway, along with a seventeen-man crew, embark on an ambitious, deep-space scientific expedition. Aboard the revolutionary space exploration starship, USCSS Prometheus, the team sets foot on the rocky terrain of the desolate exomoon, LV-223, in 2093, to investigate the existence of the superior extraterrestrial species known as the “Engineers”. But, there, inside a mysterious, complex structure of cavernous dark chambers and an intricate underground system of tunnels, more enigmas await. Now, a terrifying discovery threatens not only the outcome of the bold outer-space mission but also the very future of humankind. Is the world prepared for the answers to the fundamental questions of human existence?
Inside Out (2015) IMDb 8,1
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.