I think I first fell in love with a film when I discovered Wong Kar Wai. I clearly remember watching "In The Mood For Love" and feeling dozens of doors inside of me open up. It simply blew me away.
I realized that this was more than entertainment. I felt like I understood the film in a different way. I felt connected. In fact, it wasn't long before I started making my own films. But more on that some other time.
What followed was a 10-year affair with the moving image during which I watched everything I could get my hands on. I studied the directors, the actors, the writers and tirelessly attended Q&As, premières, film festivals... My love was rapacious, obsessive and insatiable. I think it left me scarred for life.
With that in mind, condensing a decade of fanaticism into 10 films should have been hard but, in fact, it wasn't.
Yes, I was surprised too.
My secret? Focus on leading roles for women (and include a cheeky bonus, you'll see it below). If I learned anything from my celluloid devotion, it's that the film world is deprived of women. Which brings me to a clever little test you may want to consider before buying your next cinema ticket.
It's called the Bechdel test (named after Alison Bechdel) and it poses the following question: Are there at least two women, each of them named, who talk to each other about something other than a man?
Apply it to the last few films you've seen and I can promise you, you'll be surprised with the result...
Now, on to the list!
Please keep in mind that what follows is entirely subjective and by no means exhaustive. I've tried to include films which either have strong roles for women and/or were created by a balanced team of women and men.
Plus, each of these films have something extra to offer if you're a lover of art. It can be in the cinematography, in the quality of the actors, in the premise, in the art direction, or in everything mixed together.
I invite you to find your own meaning. Watch, reflect and share your insights in the comments ♥
|1. In the mood for love, Kar Wai Wong, 2000|
2. Somersault, Cate Shortland, 2004
|3. Foxie Brown, Jack Hill, 1974|
|4. Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay, 2002|
|5. Whip It, Drew Barrymore, 2009|
|6. Melancholia, Lars von Trier, 2011|
|7. Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard, 1960|
|8. Jennifer's Body, Karyn Kusama, 2009|
| 9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry, 2004|
| 10. Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson, 1994|
Lore, Cate Shortland, 2012
An Angel At My Table, Jane Campion, 1990
That's it, you've reached the end!
Now, I want to hear from you. Watch a film or two from the list and share your insights in the comments below. I can't wait to hear your thoughts...
With soulcandy love,
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