DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel
PLOT: Six friends attempt to have dinner together, but repeatedly fail for increasingly bizarre reasons.
WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: A plot so simple it’s barely a plot at all starts out small . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972)
DIRECTED BY: Shane Carruth
FEATURING: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
PLOT: After a man known as the Thief drugs a young woman and steals most of her money, she loses her job and some of her memory, and needs to start an entirely new life; a year . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: UPSTREAM COLOR (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Pater Sparrow
FEATURING: Zoltán Mucsi, László Sinkó, Vica Kerekes, Pál Mácsai
PLOT: When all the rare books in a bookstore are mysteriously replaced by an anonymous book titled “1,” the “Reality Defense Council” steps in to investigate.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: 1 aggressively aligns itself with the irrational by . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: 1 (2009)
Buster Keaton never aligned himself with the Surrealists or the avant-garde. His late in life experience acting in Samuel Becket’s Film (1965) proved a negative experience for the actor. Yet, Keaton possessed aesthetic qualities akin to Surrealist tenets, which made him a revered figure in that movement. Together with Playhouse (1921) and Frozen North (1922), Sherlock Jr. . . . → Read More: SHERLOCK JR. (1924)
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
DIRECTED BY: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
FEATURING: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon, Rufus
PLOT: An introverted and imaginative Parisian girl devotes herself to secretly helping those around her, but is it only because she’s afraid to go after love herself?
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: If Amélie makes . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: AMELIE (2001)
DIRECTED BY: Don Coscarelli
FEATURING: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones
PLOT: A young paranormal investigator relates his strange and twisted backstory to a skeptical reporter. It involves alien creatures, a drug that gives its users heightened senses and psychic abilities, and a parallel universe whose . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Ki-duk Kim
FEATURING: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim
PLOT: A mute woman who runs a fishing resort becomes obsessed with a suicidal fugitive hiding out in one of the floating cabins.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: It’s a bizarre, perverted sadomasochistic love story in a unique setting, made with skill and a . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE ISLE [SEOM] (2000)
DIRECTED BY: Pier Paolo Pasolini
FEATURING: Terence Stamp, Laura Betti, Massimo Girotti, Silvana Mangano, Andrés José Cruz Soublette, Anne Wiazemsky
PLOT: A mysterious guest sleeps with every member of a wealthy household, and when he leaves they come to strange, mostly tragic ends.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Mainly on the strength and . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TEOREMA (1968)
Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra; AKA The Hour-glass Sanitorium; The Sandglass
DIRECTOR: Wojciech Has
FEATURING: Jan Nowicki, Jozef Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska, Gustaw Holoubek, Ludwik Benoit, Mieczyslaw Voit
PLOT: Adapted from several stories by Bruno Schulz, the movie follows Joseph (Nowicki) as he travels by train to a sanitarium to see . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM (1973)
DIRECTED BY: Leos Carax
FEATURING: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli
PLOT: “Mr. Oscar” drives around Paris in a limo taking on nine “assignments” which require him to become an accordion player, a hitman, and fashion model-abducting leprechaun, among other personae.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Holy Motors is . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: HOLY MOTORS (2012)