We have compiled the 5 overlooked films in the 2010’s that unfortunately did not receive the praise they deserve.
Cinema is the art of telling stories with images. The main merit is to achieve this by creating a unique language with form and content preferences. Here are 5 great films that have proven the magic of cinema every time you watch it.
The 5 Overlooked Films In The 2010’s
5 – Tabu (2012)
The flair of the Portuguese Miguel Gomes’ film Tabu, which evokes the classics, is hidden in the fact that the flawless mise-en-scene it creates can permeate every moment.
The film, which returned from Berlin with the FIPRESCI award, consists of two parts. In Tabu, which focuses on an old woman named Aurora and her past love, director Gomes’ technical and aesthetic choices manage to make the love story in the hazy atmosphere of the past more sincere and intense.
Tabu is one of the most impressive films of the past 10 years, with a measured melodrama texture, experimental narrative, colonial expansions and magnificent sound editing.
It is not difficult to guess that this masterpiece, which does not need pomp, will make a name for itself for a long time.
4 – Paradies: Love (2012)
It would not be right to call the cinema of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl ‘audience friendly’. However, as Martin Scorsese recently stated in his manifesto, it is a unique stop for those who do not avoid gravel roads and unpleasant confrontations, connected to the art of cinema, which draws its strength from the endless diversity of the element of curiosity.
The first film of the Paradise Trilogy, it centers on the tragicomic story of Teresa, a European woman who became a part of sex tourism during her vacation in Kenya.
Like in Im Keller (2014), Seidl takes a very harsh look at the subconscious of Europe and the shocking effects of the culture of exploitation, through the comic contrasts he creates, with a realistic narrative that resembles documentary.
The liberties created by exploitation and the devastation of the guilt that comes with it in the human spirit come to the fore even in the funniest scenes of the film. Like the dog poop sequence in Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog (2016), Ulrich Seidl constantly reminds us that something goes wrong at those ‘crazy parties’.
3 – Elena (2011)
Andrey Zvyagintsev made an impressive debut to the cinema with The Return (2003). And in Elena, he follows the path of Dostoevsky and raises sharp questions about human nature.
Elena, a skilled nurse, marries Vladimir, a wealthy old man in need of home care. Both are somehow troubled and distant from their children. When Vladimir has a heart attack and is hospitalized, he decides to have his will written. The fact that Elena is not included in the will takes the character and the audience on a difficult journey of conscience.
The uncertainty in time and places makes the story universal, while Zvyagintsev’s slow and confident tone gives the audience plenty of room to think.
Establishing a narrative that leads obvious and terrifying expansions through family and class relations, Elena also successfully examines the individual within the system.
2 – Dans La Maison (2012)
Considered one of the best pieces of François Ozon’s cinema together with Swimming Pool (2003), Dans La Maison conveys human beings as storytelling addicts.
Claude, who scribbles a provocative story about a friend’s family in the composition given by his literature teacher Germain, draws attention. After the teacher who does not seem very interested at first, surrenders to Claude’s story and the charm of his writings, we find ourselves in a uncanny dimension.
Ozon has no difficulty in dancing between genres and wander at the limit of imagination, and he easly includes the audience to this game. He manages to greet the ambigious garden of literature by making many references to Céline, Musil etc.
This splendid narrative, where reality and fiction are constantly intertwined, also deals with drama of the middle class people, who are obsessed with the place of furnitures in the house. It is a pure cinematic pleasure to witness how well the multi-layered structure of the film, the puzzles it creates, and its unique screenplay do the job.
1 – Shi (2010)
A Korean film is at the top of our list of 5 overlooked films in the 2010s. Winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Shi is one of the most outstanding works of South Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s filmography.
It follows the story of Mija, who suffers from Alzheimer desease. She tries to learn how to write poetry with determination, while she deals with a crime committed by her grandson.
Shi remains quite touching without needing any unnecessary details. Demonstrating conscience, justice and art as the necessity of being human, stands out as its excellence.
While creating a peaceful atmosphere by focusing on the serene and magical elements of life, it explores a spirit that is amazed with the beauty of the vast world of poetry.
The masterpiece of the South Korean master emphasizes the resistance of art against vulgarity, memory against forgetting, and creates an atmosphere that is difficult to redo.
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