3 Independent Films Worth Watching

A Single Man, 2009

A Single Man, 2009

USA

When a designer takes on the director’s job, it has to be something special. And that’s basically what it is-Tom Ford makes a very stylish, subtle, and beautiful film about what loneliness is. The sudden news of the death of a loved one overnight turns the entire world of George, a professor of English literature. Pondering over life and existence, he nevertheless decides to put an end to all his affairs and… to quit his life. But human nature is fickle, and in time, George realizes that there are so many little joys in life, and “love is like a bus—the next one will surely come.” For this film, Colin Firth received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and his first nomination for “Oscar”, although he got the statuette a year later for the film “The King’s Speech.”

Don’t Let Me Go, 2010

Don't Let Me Go, 2010

UK, USA

Based on the wonderful book of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. The three main friends have spent their entire childhood at a boarding school in Hailsham. But it is not a simple boarding school. Katy, Tomi, and Ruth are perpetually searching for and waiting for donors. For each of them is just a clone, destined to help people at the cost of their hope. They cling to life, proving that they too have a soul, that they too can feel, that they too can love, that they too can create. But no one can help the clones. They are doomed and offer no resistance. All they have left is to live their very short lives, holding on and caring for each other.

Nader and Simin Divorce/Jodaeiye Nader az Simin, 2011

Nader and Simin Divorce/Jodaeiye Nader az Simin, 2011

Iran

The story of a family unfolds before the audience: Simin wants to leave Iran with her daughter, but her husband Nader resists, not wanting to leave his sick father. As a result, Simine decides to leave to live with her mother, while Nader hires Razieh, who is mired in debt with her husband and… four months pregnant. If you’re still unfamiliar with Iranian cinema, start your acquaintance with Nader and Simine’s Divorce. “Oscar, Golden Globe, Cesar, five Berlinale awards-Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian film was a true triumph in 2011.

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