8 top arthouse films of early 20248 top arthouse films of early 2024
8 top arthouse films of early 2024

8 Best arthouse films early 2024: Must-see movies for cinephiles

While not catering to mainstream tastes, these films are a must-see for cinephiles.

Amidst the era of mass production and a stream of relentless blockbusters, 2024 saw the emergence of several gems from the realm of “cinema is not for everyone.” While not catering to mainstream tastes, these films are a must-see for cinephiles, as the arthouse selection proved to be profoundly impactful, shaping the trajectory of various trends within the entertainment industry. This text is intended for individuals aged 18 and above.

8. The Animal Kingdom / Le règne animal (The Animal Kingdom) (2023)

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8. The Animal Kingdom / Le règne animal (The Animal Kingdom) (2023)

Thomas Caillier’s French fantasy drama, starring Romain Duris and Paul Kircher, unfolds amidst a global epidemic of mutations, transforming individuals into animals. As cook Francois and his son journey south to accompany their ailing mother, their plans take unforeseen turns. Brimming with allusions and probing profound questions, this film prompts deep contemplation.

7. Munch / Munch (2023)

7. Munch / Munch (2023)

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Henrik Martin Dalsbakken’s Norwegian film “Munk,” featuring Matthijs Herman Nykvist and Ola J. Furuseth, portrays the biographical journey of a renowned artist. From childhood hardships to failed endeavors, the life of this genius pulsates like a raw nerve through his entire body of work. The film eloquently captures the genesis of masterpieces, illustrating the tumultuous process of creation.

6. Lola (or Remember Tomorrow) / LOLA (or Remember Tomorrow) (2022)

6. Lola (or Remember Tomorrow) / LOLA (or Remember Tomorrow) (2022)

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Andrew Lidge’s Irish fantasy drama is a captivating cinematic experiment. Shot with a vintage Bolex camera on 16 mm film, the film intertwines black and white footage with a chronicle-style presentation. The plot, centered around the “butterfly effect,” serves as a backdrop to showcase the remarkable performances of Stephanie Martini and Emma Appleton. In 1939, two girls receive radio transmissions from the future, learning about World War II, and embarking on a mission to save the world, forming the heart of this intriguing narrative.

5. Dogman (2023)

5. Dogman (2023)

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Despite being marketed as an “action film,” Luc Besson’s latest offering, featuring JoJo T. Gibbs and Christopher Denham, falls short of the genre’s expectations, with only brief flashes of excitement, notably a couple of dog attacks. However, the film delves deeply into the harrowing life story of the main character, intricately revealed through dialogue with a forensic psychiatrist. This textured portrayal spares no details, gripping the viewer with its unrelenting intensity.

4. Great Irony / Coup de chance (2023)

4. Great Irony / Coup de chance (2023)

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Woody Allen remains timeless, crafting heartfelt melodramas and dark comedies that resonate with audiences, now starring Lou de Laage and Niels Schneider. Once more, themes of adultery, former classmates disrupting supposedly happy marriages, jealous spouses, and hidden skeletons emerge. While seemingly straightforward, Allen’s latest creation exudes a wild charm and sweetness that captivates viewers.

3. Fallen Leaves / Kuolleet lehdet (Fallen Leaves) (2023)

3. Fallen Leaves / Kuolleet lehdet (Fallen Leaves) (2023)

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Aki Kaurismäki’s long-awaited and critically acclaimed film “Fallen Leaves” thrusts the tandem of Alma Pövsti and Jussi Vatanen into the spotlight. An alcoholic and a girl without a steady job collide like particles during an atomic explosion, showcasing Kaurismäki’s unparalleled skill in crafting miracles from ordinary dialogues and everyday scenes.

2. Quiet / An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) (2022)

2. Quiet / An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) (2022)

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Colm Byread’s poignant Irish film, starring Catherine Clinch and Carrie Crowley, delves into the complexities of a dysfunctional family against the rural backdrop of 1981. Sent to distant relatives, the girl discovers a glimmer of love amidst the tumult, yet a looming return to her family awaits. This exquisitely staged and colorful drama captures the essence of human relationships with depth and vibrancy.

1. Yannick / Yannick (2023)

1. Yannick / Yannick (2023)

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Quentin Dupieux’s latest film, featuring Raphael Quenard and Pio Marmay, is a riotously funny and expertly crafted comedy. In the midst of the theatrical performance “Le Cocou,” a spectator abruptly rises from his seat to deliver moral lectures to the actors. Despite being ejected, this eccentric character proves difficult to shake off. Following a string of lackluster films, Dupieux has redeemed himself with this uproarious and energetic production.

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