These films are called masterpieces, they are incredibly beautiful and filled with philosophical meaning. But at the same time, they are definitely not for everyone, not for any viewer. The plot immerses you in a meditative state and lasts so slowly that one and a half or two hours of watching can seem like an eternity.
There are many conflicting reviews at film forums: some write enthusiastic comments and their guesses about what the director wanted to convey to us; others say they watched the film for weeks, returning to it two or three times or more. There are those who have mastered only half or even 10-15 minutes of the painting. What is your stress level? Check if you know the films on our list.
Spring, summer, autumn, winter … and spring again
2003, South Korea - Germany
A little boy prepares to become a monk and lives with his mentor away from the hustle and bustle of this world. He is surrounded only by nature and animals. He prays and learns the wisdom of life. And with each year of growing up, he, like an ordinary person, opens up different states of the soul - from joy to sadness, from pacification to irritation and anger. The main test falls on his teenage years, when a girl appears on the island and he learns the feelings of love and passion. The entire path of the formation of the character of the protagonist is shown through the seasons, which replace each other.
Why look: to understand that everything in life passes. Only the change of seasons will remain unchanged.
Ashes and Snow
A documentary film by Gregory Colbert, who in 13 years made 32 expeditions to the most remote places on our planet. There is no semantic load in the plot, the shots slowly replace each other, showing how people who do not have gadgets and work in an office live. The main point of the director is to show the interaction of humans and animals when they are in peace and harmony.
Why look: to see that man is not the main one on the planet, but only a part of it.
2005, Tunisia - Hungary - France - Germany - Iran - Switzerland - Great Britain
The film is a parable, in the center of the plot of which is the long journey through the Sahara desert of Aziz's grandfather and the little girl Ishtar. On the way, they meet different heroes, in whose fates one can find philosophical meaning and symbols. But the most interesting thing is the story of Ded Aziz about a prince who gave up wealth in order to find himself and find the meaning of life.
Why watch: to realize the main values in this world.
The drama with Keira Knightley in the title role takes it to the 19th century and tells about the life of a young married couple, where the husband is engaged in silkworm smuggling and often travels to buy goods from France to Japan. On one of his trips, he falls in love with a girl who is the mistress of a very influential man. His wife then finds out about the infidelity, but she will not throw a tantrum. Her act, which the viewer learns about at the very end, will show her as a very wise woman.
Why watch: to remember the right values and, using the heroine's example, to understand what true love is.
2006, Canada - USA
The film by Darren Aronofsky with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz shows the couple's different attitudes towards life and death. He, having learned about his wife's illness, tries to save her, and she believes that it is impossible to fight with fate. In order to prove her point of view and help a desperate spouse, a woman writes a book in which she expresses her thought in the form of symbols. As a result, the plot of the film takes the viewer from the present to the past, during the reign of the Grand Invisitor.
Why watch: to find hidden symbols in the main character's story.