Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is one of the most important and most controversial people in the cinematic universe far across the borders of Europe. With movies such as “Benny’s Video,” “Funny Games,” “Caché,” “The White Ribbon” and “Amour,” he manifested his status as “the conscious of European cinema.”
In his movies, he thematizes the audience’s unaccountable complicity in terms of violence consumption, and the psychological and social dynamics of guilt and the modern affluent society. While touching on strong themes like that, he refuses to aestheticize the events, but rather deliver nearly clinical case studies of exemplary actions. But to examine the whole point of Haneke’s producing would crash the count.
Instead, the following list will show 10 movies with a similar style to the films of the Austrian auteur. Nonetheless, the following movies aren’t in a particular order, nor does the list claim to be entirely complete.
1. Maelström (Denis Villeneuve)
After productions like last year’s “Arrival” or his recent directorial effort “Blade Runner 2049,” Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve might be associated with science fiction blockbusters and big budget ventures. But like nearly every filmmaker, he started with intimate independent films such as 2000’s “Maelström.”
While the visual implementation distinguishes from the style of Haneke, the movie’s themes are especially a permanent reminder of the style for which the Austrian filmmaker is well known. The growing feeling of guilt due to an unexpected event and the relentless succession of consequences are the film’s narrative glue.
Told by a death-facing carp, for the most of the movie one isn’t aware of the film’s destination, making it more of a fairy-tale-like psychogram. After a demanding abortion, Bibiane finds herself into a psychological crisis. By night and in a state of intoxication, she wounds an older fishmonger in a hit-and-run accident. → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema