For those of us who love independent film—in the sense of those small, eclectic movies that are often made by new, unknown or up and coming directors—the most entertaining little movies are usually those that jump in, out and all around the proverbial box. We get an experience so unlike the multiplex, big studio film where nine times out of ten, we knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into. The results can leave us cringing and laughing (Spanking the Monkey), feeling like we’ve been through the ringer (Shallow Grave), bored (In the Bedroom) and sometimes, wishing we could un-see something (Happiness). Whether or not we actually dig the little films that travel from festival to art-house cinema, they almost always leave us with a cool, new point of view. For me, the funkier and freakier is the better, so I’ve culled this list of Five Freaky Films that look funny, scary, interesting, or just plain bizarre. Do yourself a favor and watch these trailers (you don’t have to just take my word for it, they’ve all been well-reviewed at the festivals, thus far).
Chicken with Plums Persopolis writer/director, Marjane Satrapi’s latest film adapts another of her own graphic novels about a celebrated violinist who is inconsolable after his instrument is broken. So distraught is the musician that he makes the decision that he’d rather be dead than without his music. The trailer looks brilliantly funny and what film cannot be made better by Isabella Rossellini?
Alps From Dogtooth writer/director, Yorgos Lanthimos comes “the complete opposite” tale (in the form of a person trying to enter a fabricated world). His tragi-comedy is about a group who provides a service to grieving people: sending substitutes to inhabit the role of the recently deceased, “adopting their mannerisms and wearing their clothes, until you can find it inside you to accept that they’re gone.” Um, what?
The Future A film narrated by a cat? Yeah, I don’t know what the hell is going on here, but in the case of film, that can be a good thing. A couple with a rocky relationship adopts a kitty and the decision changes their whole outlook on life and love. Written/directed by Me and You and Everyone We Know’s Miranda July.
The Awakening Writer/director Nick Murphy’s horror/thriller (said to be in the vein of The Others and The Sixth Sense) stars Rebecca Hall as a scientist/hoax explorer who makes it her job to expose seances and ghosts. Sent to investigate happenings at a boarding school, she might just be faced with opposing evidence.
Headhunters Back off Sweden! Norwegian director, Morten Tyldum (Buddy) has adapted the so-called, next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo crime thriller, written by Jo Nesbø. An headhunter/art thief on-the-side who lives above his means, plans a huge heist that gets him involved in something way messier than his financial problems.
Cindy Davis is open to men from both Sweden and Norway…