I think in this week’s AQATG, I will need your help! Amazing, isn’t it?
The question: “what are some artsy movies?”
First, we should define artsy in this context. Personally, I have a pretty broad definition of art and films usually pass it. But I think it’s clear that artsy doesn’t mean art in general but a special kind of movie, defined by the following criteria:
- Independent/unknown studios
- Usually not Hollywood or US-American
- Underlying message that can only be extracted after hours and hours of interpretation or not at all (meaning, the movies are deep); often those messages are political/sociocritical
- No humour! Humour and depth cannot be combined.
- Unknown actors or famous actors who practically worked for free
- Small budget
- Characters, not special effects
- Usually it’s seen as a quality measurement – an artsy movie is perceived as a good movie more often than not (probably because some just aren’t understandable)
I think that’s mostly it. Of course, not always all criteria apply. I think, whether a movie is artsy or not is basically determined by your intuition.
Now, to list a few movies that fit this description… I’ll start here, but I’ll be happy about any addition you have to make in the comment section.
- Mar Adentro
- Inland Empire
- The Dogma 95 Movies
- American Psycho
- I’m Not There
- Nigel Tomm movies
I can’t think of anything else right now. So, my invitation stands: do add to the list in the comment section. I will do the same thing, if inspiration hits me.