Some of these films may not be considered underrated among many ‘auteurs’ on here but to the general public they are I think. Although I think some of these films are underrated generally and with many on here….perhaps. This list is in no real order and it’s not perfect so keep that in mind.
Turtles Can Fly is a great example of both in my opinion. I’ve praised this film like crazy in the past and still it seems like NO ONE has seen it other than me. It’s a real shame. It gives the perspective of the people from the middle east and how civil war has . It’s not a documentary but it’s a very realistic drama. It’s set a few days before the US invades. It’s completely depressing but GREAT.
Also 49 Up is part of an amazing documentary series that seems like not to many people know about. The last time I checked the up series was in Roger Ebert’s top 10 of all time and for good reason. The premise is simple-take fourteen 7 years and interview them every 7 years. You basically see someone grow up before your very eyes. It’s simple but incredible.
Lorna’s Silence and Le Fils are more the general public but these films aren’t for everyone. Realistic drama’s with no musical score whatsoever. ‘Silence’ is very good and ‘The Son’ is great. The same applies to ‘Ballast’. It’s in a similar vain to Lorna’s Silence and The Son.
Tape has well known actors in it but it’s a relatively unknown film. It stars Ethan Hawke,Uma Thurman and Robert Sean Leonard. It all takes place in one room a la Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ and it completely works.
Nobody Knows….the obvious lame joke……Nobody Knows about this film!
Again some of these choices may be questionable like Memories Of Murder,Mother and Hunger. Hunger isn’t perfect for me. A few of the long takes were a little too long for me but despite that it’s a pretty powerful film. It’s a very physical film as well…think The Machinist with Christian Bale….Michael Fassbender matches that and then some in Hunger!
Waltz With Bashir-animated semi-documentary which is really great!
A Very Long Engagement,The Man Who Wasn’t There and The Motorcycle Diaries may not be super underrated but who knows.
WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES is an acquired taste. There are several long takes and in the 145 minute run time I think there’s only 40 takes or something like that. Beautiful black and white cinematography and quite hypnotic but not for everyone.
The Best Of Youth is a 6 hour film. It spans many years and for the most part is really good stuff. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would but I have a feeling the next time I see it I’ll love it.
Before Sunset-one of my favorite sequels ever. It’s about 2 people who had a fling 10 years previous and only have about 1 hour and a half to catch up before they part ways again. It has a great sense of urgency and Ethan Hawke’s chemistry with Julie Delpy is undeniable.
Downfall-one of the best WWII films hands down. Bruno Ganz doesn’t play Hitler….he becomes Hitler. It’s not a traditional WWII film but it’s worth seeing.
Dead Man’s Shoes is a bit of an iffy choice so I apologize. If you’ve never seen it though it’s a good revenge type thriller of sorts that’s held together with the relationship between brothers and Paddy Considine’s performance.
Now The Assassination Of Jesse James may not count as underrated but I think it slightly is.
So what are some of your overlooked favorites?Read less