"Antichrist" voted the most shocking film at Cannes
Obscure, indie, arthouse, and foreign films featuring dysfunction, perversion, and lots of red flags. Be glad you're not dating any of these people.
1) "Greenberg" starring Ben Stiller.
Red Flags: clueless men, confused women, and sick dogs.
Abstract: The best thing Ben Stiller ever did. Stiller's character has
just gotten out of a hospital after a nervous breakdown. (Red Flag #1) He is staying at the home of his
affluent, straight-lacedbrother who is going on vacation with his family and leaving Stiller alone at the house. Oh, and innocent Greta Gerwig is the family's personal assistant, whom Stiller invites out for a drink. Every scene you wonder, "Oh, no. What is Stiller going to do or say now?" And then there's the scene with the college-aged niece, who
shows up unannounced and throws a party at the house, featuring plenty of drugs Stiller shouldn't be
taking. Weird, weirder, skin-crawly. A great job! You'll give up dating for good.
Red Flags: mama's boys and simple-minded brutes with one thing on their minds.
Abstract (to the best of my recollection): Elling is a grown man who has
with his mother his whole life. Following her death, authorities
find him hiding in a closet of his boyhood home. Off to the nuthouse! Here he rooms a
Depardieu look-alike who is obsessed with getting some action (I think
the guy may have been over thirty years old and still a virgin.) Then
the government decides to move the two guys into polite society, where
they attempt to act normal, something many of us have always found
challenging. Kooky, quirky, won't bum you out like "Greenberg" or others
on this list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elling
3) "Betty Blue," a French film.
Red Flags: impulsive women, arson, dangerous use of kitchen utensils, spineless men, and just a little psychotic behavior. Betty could teach Greenberg a few things.
Abstract: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have great sex (remember
that?). After a disagreement with landlord, she burns down the house. Boy writes a novel. Girl finds his rejection letters, and then slashes the face of one of the publishers. Things go downhill from there. Redeeming feature: one of the hottest love scenes ever. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Blue
4) "Ma Mère," another pervy one from, who else, the French.
Red Flags: Women who love too much.
Abstract: Promiscuous mother, 17-year-old son. What could go wrong? Isabelle
Huppert at her most depraved as the mother, who has, um, porous boundaries. Sex,
drugs, and necrophilia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Mere
Red Flags: extreme mansplaining and know-it-all psychologists.
Abstract: From director Lars Von Trier, who specializes in psycho movies. Willem
Dafoe (always a good psycho) and his equally psycho movie wife, Charlotte
Gainsbourg. In the opening scene, the couple is having sex and their little
boy finds an open window and falls to his death. The wife goes into therapy, which
doesn't prevent her from becoming near catatonic. But good news: the husband
(Dafoe) is a psychologist and decides to take her away to secluded cottage to
cure her! Sadomasochism and insanity ensues. Betty Blue is a romantic comedy compared to this one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antichrist_(film)
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