As the great comedian Charlies Chaplin once said, “Life is a tragedy when seen close up, but a comedy in the long run.” Movies about dysfunctional family relationships are those special types of entertainment that convey the importance of a strong family bond to the audience. Yet the appeal of these films stems from their satirical commentary on the inflexibility of maintaining family values that has led to unprecedented situations.
Whether tragedy or comedy, dysfunctional family films constantly undergo reinterpretations that manage to keep audiences interested in the genre.
“The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001)
Along with symmetrical shots and deadpan humor, turbulent family relationships were also staged Wes Andersonis the hallmark of cinema.
The Royal Tenenbaums depicts the eccentricities, heartaches and disappointments faced by the Tenenbaums. And it all started, perhaps, because of the patriarch Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman Gene) sudden departure of the family. After learning of his ex-wife’s potential remarriage, Royal returns to his family 22 years later, claiming he has cancer. However, her adult children have other equally infuriating matters on their minds.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
The movie that spearheaded the slasher genre and inspired horror movies to branch out into franchises. The Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most controversial horror films despite its relatively less bloody content.
On their way to investigate a grave robbery, a group of teenagers stumble upon a family of murderers who prefer to eat human flesh. Led by the iconic Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) armed with his chainsaw, the vulnerable targets must do anything to survive the inhuman antics of the slaughterhouse family.
“The Quiet Family” (1998)
Sometimes the best accomplices are your family members. And with the Kangs in The quiet familyit most certainly is.
The South Korean dark comedy follows a family who own a lodge in a remote hiking region. After the suicide of their first client, the family hastily buries the body to avoid unwanted attention and bad publicity. Unfortunately, their clients begin to die in scandalous circumstances, which continually besiege the family to cover up their crimes.
Moviegoers don’t call him the “master of surrealism” for nothing. David Lynchthe first feature film by eraser head not only baffles fans with its ambiguous imagery, but its odd score and dodgy characters are exactly what nightmares are made of.
Focusing on the impending fear of parenthood, Henry Spencer (Jack Nancy) is shattered by his life spiraling out of control when his girlfriend gives birth to a mutant child. Unable to tolerate the newborn baby’s incessant screams and screams, Henry’s girlfriend took off, leaving only the unreliable protagonist to care for their alien child while hallucinations invaded her mind.
‘Baby Shiva’ (2020)
One of the most notable independent films of 2020, Baby Shiva is a comedy-horror hybrid that highlights the tragedy of being a bisexual student in a Jewish family who thrives on gossip about other people’s misfortunes.
Attend a shiva (Jewish mourning rituals) with her distraught parents, main protagonist Danielle (Rachel Sennott), is thrown into deadpan conversations with critical parents, comparisons with his ex-girlfriend, and direct confrontations with his dad and wife. Maybe Danielle and The graduation (1967) Benjamin should attend counseling together.
‘Visitor Q’ (2001)
Shot in just seven days, extreme director Takashi Miike invites no less controversy from the public with Visitor Q as part of the Japanese series “Love Cinema”.
Visitor Q sees an outsider enter the Yamazaki’s bizarre life, consisting of a former journalist, his heroin-addicted wife, an abusive son, and a daughter who works as a young prostitute. Attempting to restore balance to the dysfunctional family, Recreating the style of home movies makes the ghoulishly humorous film far more realistic than shocking.
Unlike Mike Visitor Q, Richard Linklaterit is Childhood It took 12 long years to portray the coming of age story of Mason Evans Jr. from age 6 through 12th grade at age 18.
The film examines Mason’s bumpy transition from childhood to adolescence and his ever-changing relationship dynamics with his divorced parents and sister. Detailing the little things in life, such as constant bickering between siblings, broken promises made with parents, and early love experiences, Childhood is a poignant story of growing up brimming with anecdotes that many will resonate with.
‘Good Night Mom’ (2014)
Fans of extreme horror movies would be baffled by the Austrian film which blurs the line between innocence and malevolence.
Two nine-year-old twin brothers await their mother’s return to their lakeside home. When their mother returns home from her cosmetic surgery, the twins are surprised by their mother’s bandaged appearance and sudden change in personality. In the absence of a father figure, the children discover clues that their “mother” is not who she claims to be.
“Knives Out” (2019)
Featuring a star-studded ensemble cast, the success of Knives out lies not only in its dry but sardonic hilarity, but also in its ingeniously plotted narrative.
The mystery film begins when acclaimed novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plumer) is found dead in his home. While the police think it is a suicide, the famous detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) thinks there is more to the story than meets the eye. With the help of Harlan’s personal maid, Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas), Detective White begins his investigation of the enigmatic but deteriorating Thrombey family, with each member hiding secrets that could shed light on Harlan’s untimely demise.
Of Knives out at Hereditary (2018), Toni Collette is definitely the face of the dysfunctional family in the movies.
After the death of the secret matriarch of the Graham family, her daughter Annie (Collette) and her family begin to have increasingly strange encounters that threaten their once peaceful family life. One of the best psychological horror films about demonic families, Hereditary is also a heartbreaking film about the suffering experienced by the loss of loved ones, prompting people to resort to extreme measures to ease their pain.
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