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best relatively unknown film you've ever seen and vague plot please

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alwayshappy101 Sun 23-Oct-16 20:31:35

I watched a lovely film the other week called life is beautiful-bout the strength of the human spirit.was amazing,but none of my friends/family have heard of I didn't before watching.

Really want to know if there are any other hidden gems out there?my fab genres are comedy,horror and ww2.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 23-Oct-16 20:39:06

Life is Beautiful is a well known film! It won a few Oscars. I haven't noticed it being on TV for years though, so perhaps younger people wouldn't know it.

Anyway, I never seem to know obscure films. I suppose the reason films become known is because they're good! I like Shane Meadows' films, which aren't unknown, but perhaps not quite mainstream.

Jaimx86 Sun 23-Oct-16 20:44:50


sparechange Sun 23-Oct-16 20:48:04

End of Watch
Two policemen patrol a run down bit of LA and become best friends. They discover some gruesome crimes and some criminals want revenge.

It's absolutely brilliant. We stumbled across it by accident on Netflix

EverySongbirdSays Sun 23-Oct-16 20:52:06


If you like foreign films have you seen The Lives Of Others - it's about the spy and the spied on of Communist East Germany

My go to when I am sad or on my period is either :

Whip It - A film about a teenager who joins a roller derby

Or the black and white version of Much Ado About Nothing made a few years ago by the guy who made Buffy

Mrsmorton Sun 23-Oct-16 20:56:02

The lobster.

Single adults explain why there are so many dogs in the world.

Itscurtainsforyou Sun 23-Oct-16 20:56:23

Life is beautiful is one of my favourite films ever smile

MarshaBrady Sun 23-Oct-16 20:56:31

Not the genres you mention but a film called Short Term 12, powerful stuff.

So moving and sad though, it can make you cry. It's about children in a home, such amazing acting.

IAmAPaleontologist Sun 23-Oct-16 20:59:13

The secret life of words.

Immigrant nurse with traumatised past takes I job caring for a man on an oil rig badly injured by a major accident there and too unstable to be moved so rig is abandoned.

FerretFred Sun 23-Oct-16 21:03:03

Brassed Off.

About the death of a mining community whilst the brass band carries on.

Grown your own.

A poignant film that tackles racism and immigration. All based on an allotment site.

Yawnyawnallday Sun 23-Oct-16 21:15:15

Baghdad Cafe. Fish out of water story. German lady tourist in a mid-west us motel in the middle of nowhere. African American lady owner. Fab supporting cast too. Haunting soundtrack, great cinematography, fine performances. Funny and touching.

iseenodust Sun 23-Oct-16 21:26:03

Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe is a great film.
Red is an action comedy with Helen Mirren, John Malkovich & Bruce Willis, over the top but some great lines too.

DixieWishbone Sun 23-Oct-16 21:31:30

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lavenderbongo Sun 23-Oct-16 21:31:44

Coherence - brilliant movie with a great plot.

Group of friends get together once a year to catch up with each other's lives. This night a wired comet is passing overhead which has been known to cause odd disturbances. That night weird things begin to happen!

Can't tell you any more or I'll spoil it! Great plot twists and mysteries - well acted and scripted.

Fuckingitup Sun 23-Oct-16 21:32:30

Don't know if obscure because it they are good they tend to get known...

But no one I know has watched "Young at Heart" . Its documentary about a choir of pensioners. It's fantastic.

DixieWishbone Sun 23-Oct-16 21:33:30

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lavenderbongo Sun 23-Oct-16 21:36:58

Oooo also Housebound. Delinquent daughter is released into the custody of her mother and returns to live in her childhood home. She has memories of the house having a ghost as a child and begins to get freaked out when odd stuff starts to happen.
Good mystery/horror/comedy - great plot twists and genuinely laugh out loud funny moments.

NEmum Sun 23-Oct-16 21:38:02


clary Sun 23-Oct-16 21:38:20

I love a film by Barry Levinson called Tin Men - Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss so hardly obscure but perhaps not their best known film. Set in Baltimore in the 1950s, DeVito crashes into Dreyfuss's new Cadillac and they try to get even with each other. It's very funny and classy. Also stars the great and sadly late Bruno Kirby (in When Harry Met Sally as well, another fave)

Also love Levinson's earlier film Diner but that's quiet well known.

n0ne Sun 23-Oct-16 21:41:45

Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack is a hitman who's been invited to his high school reunion. Tries to hook up with his old high school sweetheart Minnie Driver. Hilarious!

Cube - Canadian sci-fi horror, group of strangers wake up to find themselves in a weird room, go slowly crazy and get killed off one by one trying to escape. Very, very good.

clary Sun 23-Oct-16 21:43:37

Oooh Grosse Pointe Blank is brilliant I love John Cusack so much smile

You'd never guess what it's about from the stupid title either. Cusack is also really good in High Fidelity, reasonably faithful version of the brill Nick Hornby book

Ni58 Sun 23-Oct-16 21:46:01

I was going to say The Lobster. Very strange but very compelling, I thought.

Cel982 Sun 23-Oct-16 21:46:50

Unrelated (2007). It's about an English woman having some marital problems who goes to Italy to stay with a friend and her family. Stars a then-relatively-unknown Tom Hiddleston.

It blew me away when I first saw it. It's hard to explain why; it's a quiet, understated film, and not a lot happens. But the writing and acting is so true-to-life, it's really like being a fly-on-the-wall in someone else's life. Highly recommended.

OdinsLoveChild Sun 23-Oct-16 21:47:04

What we did on our holiday. grin

Very whitty, a story about how families cope with life events such as divorce and death. My children loved it so much they've watched it 4 or 5 times in the space of a month.

SloanePeterson Sun 23-Oct-16 21:51:16

The Fall. It's just a breathtakingly stunning film about a stuntman who has an accident in the 1920s and tells a girl a story while he's in the hospital recovering. Sounds rubbish, is actually amazing.

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