There are certain things you come to realize the more you grow and evolve as a cinephile. One of the things that I realized during my journey as a cinephile is that the story is not the most important element of a film. Cinema is a visual medium and for me personally, movies have been about how a filmmaker gets his vision across using the visual powers of cinema. There are films that provide only fragments or ideas of the story and leave a lot to its viewers for interpretation and I find these movies very fascinating because the filmmaker is providing you spaces for imagination which enhances the viewing experience of the film. This is a far more effective exercise than just telling a story in a straightforward manner. There are films you could love, not for the story it tells but for the feeling it gives you. These are the kind of films that would stay with for a long, long time. So with everything said now, let’s take a look at the list of films that are more about the experience than the plot.
15. Antichrist (2009)
Lars Von Trier is one of the most polarizing auteurs of modern cinema. For a number of cinephiles, the man is god while others consider him to be extremely pretentious and downright crazy. ‘Antichrist’ is perhaps his most divisive works but also happens to be one of his most personal endeavors. He was struggling with depression issues at the time and the film truly reflects his state of mind. The film begins with a couple making intense, passionate love while their little kid climbs on top of a chair, jumps out of the window and dies. The rest of the film depicts the mother’s emotional struggles and how the husband helps her overcome the grief. The film is certainly disturbing and provocative but it’s a deeply affecting experience that reflects the painful realities of the human mind.
14. Holy Motors (2012)
‘Holy Motors’ is easily one of the most original and inventive films made in recent times. The story is about a strange man who goes on to perform different kinds of roles, dressed up in various costumes. The bizarre, eccentric tone of the film is quite fascinating and the way the narrative drives the story forward is endlessly fun, engaging and extremely challenging. It’s a visually enthralling and intellectually stimulating experience and whilst its strange tone may put some people off, it’s hard to resist the sheer audacity and emotional eccentricity of the film. ‘Holy Motors’ is certainly a film meant to be experienced first and then analyzed on repeat viewings.