What’s in a name, you ask? Research and logic, filmmakers would say! Naming a character in a movie takes a lot of effort and moviemakers make sure that the characters they develop for their films leave a lasting impression on the audiences’ minds; and that these characters are remembered for a very long time. On the contrary, there are certain filmmakers that do not believe in naming their characters so that they intrigue the viewers even more.
From Daniel Craig as a coke dealer codenamed “XXXX” in ‘Layer Cake’ to John Hillcoat’s ‘The Road’, in which lead characters are named “Man”, “Woman”, “Veteran”, “Thief” and “Boy”, directors have purposely tried this trick for giving a new dimension to their films. With that said, here’s the list of ten such films, where characters had no names, yet they made the movie more memorable.
10. He and She: Antichrist
The controversial English-language Danish film, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the lead, was the story of a couple, who loses their child, and the father, a psychotherapist, takes charge of treating his grief-stricken wife to bring her back to normalcy. The film was commercially successful in some parts of the world, while the rest found the horror movie quite violent, grotesque and repulsive. The avant-garde film had a chapter-wise narration, and interestingly the lead actors had no names; instead they were called He and She!
9. V: V For Vendetta