Gus Van Sant is one of those few filmmakers who doesn’t need big budgets and larger-than-life characters to tell a story. In all his films, Van Sant has always focused on the characters that come out of one’s neighbourhood, told the stories that people can relate to, and delivered something powerful enough to get the message across to the audience. His films are trademarked with dry tones, sombre touch and the representation of the community that is otherwise overlooked. He has refused to pay heed to the Gatsby-ish rich society and attended to the issues of the common people in his films. Perhaps, this is why his films, so often, hit close to home.
In about a dozen-and-a-half movies that he has made, only a couple have been a disappointment. Also, maybe it is the brilliance of his better films that cast a duller shadow on otherwise okay works. Following are his 12 best films that you must see:
12. Last Days (2005)
The third in Van Sant’s ‘Death Trilogy’, this film draws inspiration from the final days of Kurt Cobain. A musician ponders on his life as things seem to slip from his grasp, slowly and steadily. As the days go by, he becomes increasingly unsettled, and can’t focus on anything. With its minimalistic style and raw tone, the film had mixed reactions. But clearly, it is not for everyone.