The art of minimalism is mastered by very few artists and names like Robert Bresson, Abbas Kiarostami, Chantal Akerman and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are the ones that instantly come to mind. Their cinema feature very little to no plot and often focus a lot more on the visual aspects. This makes their cinema quite challenging as the viewers aren’t fed with a story on a conventional narrative and demand a higher level of participation in the process. Filmmakers more inclined to this particular style often use the medium to express their own vision and personal philosophy about life and various other thematic aspects. So the question now comes; what is the list of top minimalist movies ever? Well, let’s find out. You can watch some of these best minimalist movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. I wish we could have provided minimalist movie posters to go with these films.
12. Rope (1948)
A good chunk of cinephiles consider ‘Rope’ to be Alfred Hitchcock’s best film while staunch Hitchcockians consider it as a failed experiment. I personally found the minimalist style that Hitchcock adapts here quite fascinating and unlike anything he’s ever done. It follows a very simple plot of two men who murder their classmate and hid his body in their apartment. They then later host a party to boast off their superiority but things take a turn when a reporter finds them suspicious. ‘Rope’ is perhaps Hitchcock’s most technically ambitious film and initially wanted the entire film to be a single long take which had to be compromised due to technical issues. The setting is minimalist and lacks the shock-entertainment that his cinema is mostly known for. Nevertheless, it’s one of the more daring works of cinematic art.
11. Once (2007)
‘Once’ effortlessly manages to achieve a kind of simplicity, depth and honest that most romantic dramas fail to attain. It’s incredibly refreshing in its storytelling style and has a very restrained sense of drama that manages to hit the notes at the right time in a way that a romantic drama should. Reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ films, the film has a very minimalist plot-line that follows a man and a woman who happen to meet on a street in Dublin as they develop a romantic relationship and express their love for each other through music. It has a very refreshing ending that would leave you pleasantly surprised.
10. Under the Skin (2013)