10 European Films To Watch At Home
Written by Elina Deschere on 23 mars 2020
Films can be an escapism from reality or a mirror of it. They can also help us understand the world around us.
And when would be a better time to watch a film than when you’re legally obliged to stay indoors?!
Here are some of euradio’s favourite films by European directors.
1 – Lazzaro Felice (2018) – Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)
Lazzaro, a kind-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-changing bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him plan out his own kidnapping. Alice Rohrwacher both wrote and directed this mesmerising masterpiece which won the Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2018.
2 – Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders (Germany)
A classic for film buffs which is on many must-see movie lists. Paris, Texas starts with Travis, looking lost and disheveled in the middle of the desert. Travis has been missing for a long time, till he turns up again out of the blue disrupting his brothers life, and his sons life, who he has not seen for years. Travis must then confront his wife and try to put his life back together. A beautiful movie with the iconic soundtrack by Ry Cooder.
3 – Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) – Agnès Varda (France)
Cléo is a naive and arrogant young pop star. The world only seems to revolve around her. On this particular occasion, Cléo is a nervous wreck as she awaits the results of a biopsy test. With almost two hours to kill before the results are revealed, between 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock, she wanders around the streets of Paris, discovering more about herself and the world in two hours than she has in her whole life.
4 – One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975) – Miloš Forman (Czech Republic)
Based on the novel of the same name, McMurphy (played by the one and only, Jack Nicholson) fakes insanity in order to escape prison labour, and is therefore shifted to the special ward for the mentally unstable. In this ward, he must rise up against a cruel nurse, and finds that he actually fits in quite well in the psychiatric ward. However, he finds himself confronted with similar restrictions as he experienced in prison.
5 – Ratcatcher (1999) – Lynne Ramsay (Scotland)
In Ratcatcher we follow the life of James, a 12 year old boy living in Glasgow. A stranger in his own family, he seeks escape by visiting a nearby canal. On his ventures he discovers a new friendship in the 14 year old Margaret and befriends Kenny, both providing James with a sweet escape from the harsh surroundings.
6 – Three Colours: Red (1994) – Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland)
Three Colours: Red (third in the trilogy) starrs Irène Jacob, a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, after she discovers he is listening in on his neighbours phone conversations. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds.
7 – Nowhere Boy (2009) – Sam Taylor-Johnson (England)
Beatles fans, this is for you! A heartfelt biopic about the life of John Lennon, as a rebellious teenager and future Beatle living with his Aunt Mimi in working-class Liverpool, England. When Mimi’s husband suddenly dies, John spies his mother, Julia at the funeral. John intends to finally have a real relationship with her and is introduced to popular music and the banjo. Young Lennon is then inspired to form The Beatles…
8 – The Lobster (2015) – Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
The Lobster is set in an alternate, dystopian society where single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice. Yorgos Lanthimos pokes fun at the stigmas surrounding relationships, dating and being single in this absurd comedy featuring stellar performances from Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Coleman and Lea Seydoux.
9 – In A Better World (2010) – Susanne Bier (Denmark)
Anton is a doctor who travels frequently between his home in Denmark and a refugee camp in Africa. His home life is complicated by the fact that he and his wife are experiencing marriage problems and his son is a victim of school bullying. When a new boy, whose mother recently died, moves to town and befriends Elias, it provides solace for both father and son. A beautiful story about compassion and forgiveness, love and family.
10 – The Exterminating Angel (1962) – Luis Buñuel (Spain)
The Exterminating Angel begins with Edmundo who invites friends over for a fancy dinner party. However, while the guests enjoy their food, the servants begin to disappear one by one. Following dinner, the guests retire to the living room for music and conversation but the morning after, find they’re mysteriously incapable of leaving the room. Days go by, they run out of food and water and cabin fever truly begins to kick in (sound familiar?). A sartirical and surreal masterpiece by Spanish director Luis Buñuel.
There you go, 10 European films to watch at home during the quarantine. We hope you found these recommendations helpful and see you in the next one!