Every lover of quality cinema, first of all, pays attention to Hollywood products. It is there that huge budgets and the best actors are spinning, raising the bar for any film by their mere presence. However, European directors are gradually catching up to the level of their American colleagues and are already creating real masterpieces that can interest the audience.
Many viewers still treat continental films with prejudice. The reason is simple – the lion’s share of such films cannot be compared with Hollywood cinema. I am glad that there are more and more good European films every year and we already have a lot to choose from.
Director: Michael Sarnoski
Year of issue: 2021
It cannot be said that the return Nicolas Cage in quality cinema turned out to be truly triumphant, but the British picture “Pig” deserves special attention. The film was widely publicized, but after the premiere, action movie fans were disappointed – Michael Sarnoski I forgot to bring the action, and created a tape of a completely different kind. The unhurried plot is notable for sufficient depth and allows you to evaluate Cage in a slightly different role.
Rob – a hermit, he does his best to stay away from society. He has a pig, which the man uses to get truffles, which he lives on. When Rob’s pet is kidnapped, he has to step out of his own comfort zone and go in search of justice.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Genre: sci-fi, thriller
Year of issue: 2015
At first glance, it may seem that Lobster – cinema is not for everyone, because it places us in a truly absurd universe that can confuse the viewer. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that we are dealing with a witty satire, the tape was created on the topic of the day and is an allusion to modern relations. Participation in the project Colin Farrell and John C. Riley – another reason to watch a movie.
Lonely people are now outlawed – they are only given 45 days, in order to regain family happiness, otherwise, losers are turned into animals. You have to choose from the residents of the hotel, where such persons are placed, but the new couple must have common features, which complicates the task.
Director: Lars von Trier
Year of issue: 2011
Painting “Melancholy” Is a bright attempt Lars von Trier to investigate the behavior of people before imminent disaster. The film attracted viewers and critics, but made a lot of noise due to the director’s scandalous speech at the Cannes Film Festival. Lars did not aim at scientific reliability and immediately made it clear how the picture would end, but the spectacle turned out to be really unique.
The Earth is threatened with destruction as a result of a collision with another planet and everyone is well aware of this. But some people lose their will to exist, while others accept the situation and continue to live on. The idea for the plot originated from the director after visiting a psychologist, who noted that people suffering from depression tend to react more adequately to negative events.
Honey in my head
Director: Til Schweiger, Lars Gmeling
Year of issue: 2014
As you know, acting and directing endeavors Schweiger not always get high marks. but Thiel knows how to shoot in time, “Knockin ‘on Heaven” and “On wheels” Are vivid examples of this. Painting “Honey in the head” in many ways, it is not ideal, but it is capable of moving the viewer and awakening positive qualities in him.
Have Amandus Alzheimer’s disease progresses, and relatives are beginning to consider sending him to a nursing home. Against this only Tilde – the granddaughter of an elderly man who runs off with him to Venice, in a desperate attempt to heal the disease with fond memories of youth. Although the main theme of the film is quite tragic – there was a place for funny moments, there is also a pinch of morality here.
Director: Thomas Winterberg
Year of issue: 2020
Needless to say, Danish cinema is very lucky with Mads Mikkelsen, which local directors use in all significant projects. ribbon “One more” – is no exception, she could well have gone unnoticed, but the presence of the star saved the situation. We are witnessing a story about the influence of alcohol on all spheres of human life.
Initially, the picture was supposed to become a light fantasy on the topic of drinking alcoholic beverages. However, already during filming, the daughter Thomas Winterberg died in a car accident. This tragic incident influenced the director, and he made the film deeper and more life-affirming, which only went to the benefit of the tape.
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Year of issue: 2015
Painting “My land” was nominated for an award Oscar and although she did not receive the coveted statuette, she won the sympathy of the audience. This is a poignant war drama that explores the relationship between winners and losers. Martin Zandvliet clearly demonstrates to the viewer what humanity is and what forms it can acquire in extreme conditions.
After the end of the battles, for demining Jutland send a batch of German prisoners of war. Mostly, these are children who fell under the comb of desperate mobilization, but the sergeant Rasmussen this fact is not particularly worrisome. The task must be completed and no one will reckon with the losses now.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Year of issue: 2006
During its existence Pan’s Labyrinth became a real classic and many people use him as an example when they talk about good European cinema. Funny fantasy images, mysticism and wartime horrors are mixed here. Guillermo del Toro managed to create an unusual, gloomy world, which still attracts the viewer.
Perspectives of a young Ophelia do not look rosy – a war is raging on the street, and the girl’s stepfather is not very friendly towards her. This is where it appears Faun, who says that Ophelia is actually a princess of the magic kingdom, but she can leave the unsightly reality only when she passes several tests.
Director: Thomas Winterberg
Year of issue: 2012
Another masterpiece was created with direct participation Mads Mikkelsen… Movie “Hunting” critics warmly received at the Cannes Film Festival, but he did not receive the coveted award. However, even without the Golden Palm, the ribbon was treated kindly by the viewer and took its rightful place in its niche.
According to the plot, Lucas – kindergartener. The whole life of a man is rapidly going downhill when a little girl confesses her love to him. Rejected, she accuses Lucas of harassment – others not only trust the young pupil, but also force her to come up with new details of the incident with their pressure.
Lock, money, two barrels
Director: Guy Ritchie
Year of issue: 1998
Legendary film Guy Ritchie is still actively reviewed by fans of the director’s talent. And it’s not just that “Lock, Stock, Two Barrels” – debut Jason Statham in a big movie, there is also selected black humor, a bunch of healthy guys with guns at the ready and an original presentation of material that can bewitch even a picky viewer.
By modern standards, the film is no longer young, but it still remains in trend, because the industry has never seen anything like it. Of course, there have been attempts to repeat the success of the tape, and will continue in the future, but Guy Ritchie’s style makes the picture truly unique.
1 + 1 / Untouchable
Director: Olivier Nakash, Eric Toledano
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Year of issue: 2011
This film is the leader of any selection it gets into, and this is understandable. If you want to see a really kind, but at the same time, funny and sad tape, “Untouchables” will be a great choice. Through the efforts of a tandem of directors, various genres have been intertwined here, but the focus is on the story of an incredible friendship between a street bully and a paralyzed disabled person.
It is curious that quite recently a Hollywood version of the picture was released, repeating the original almost completely. This tape proved that there are films that it is better not to reshoot – the viewer took the tape with hostility, although it had a commercial success in USA…
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