Oedipus Complex is defined as, “a child’s desire to have sexual relations with the parent of the opposite sex”. The term is often used to refer to a boy’s sexual attraction to his mother. It’s a case of repressed emotion deeply ingrained in a child’s psyche that begins to develop at the age of 4. It’s a fascinating subject to explore and numerous films have managed to touch upon the theme with many of them dealing with it in a very nuanced, subtle manner. It’s dark, complex and can, oftentimes, be disturbing in its effect. So here’s a look at 15 films based on Oedipus Complex:
15. Back to the Future (1985)
Seems like a very unlikely choice but think about it. The film deals with Oedipus complex a lot more explicitly than some of the others on the list, albeit in a very sweet and funny manner. Marty is sent back in time and is utterly bewildered as he sees his parents go to college and don’t seem to recognise him at all. Coincidence brings him to his mother, a much younger and attractive girl who seems infatuated with him. Marty realises the absurdity of it all but couldn’t possibly explain it all since they are all in the past. There’s not much of thematic depth provided in the film but it’s an absolute fun-ride guaranteed to give you laughs.