Solitude, as a contemporary psycho-sociological or philosophical phenomenon, is grossly misunderstood! While the term may often be used to describe the condition of being alone or lonely, the connotation of the word might extend much beyond its physical etymology. A person might be psychologically secluded despite being with other people or he might be at a place which is far away from the reaches of civilization or he might even be in a crowd and yet feel alone or he might simply be battling the perception of being alone. Whatever be it, cinema as an art form has definitively dealt with solitude or loneliness in a more holistic way than any other competing art form.
From the very inception of cinema, numerous movies made across the world have concentrated on loneliness from an elemental perspective and reveled in its multiple facets. Interestingly though, the concept of solitude, as a recurrent motif, has been able to craft many a reel classics over the years and has been successfully able to generate a new cinematic genre altogether. We at The Cinemaholic took our stand on the subject and made a list of movies that have helped cinephiles globally to comprehend what loneliness or solitude actually translates to. Please try to understand that the movies included in this article, which may or may not be categorized under other bigger genres, have solitude or loneliness as the central theme. While making the list, we have effectively considered both audience perception and critics’ views. Now that we have tried clearing the deck, let us get down to the list of top movies about loneliness and solitude. You can watch some of these best loneliness movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Wings of Desire (1987)
A unique creation of world cinema, Wim Wenders’ Franco-German venture ‘Wings of Desire’ explores the concept of solitude from a fantastic perspective. The movie narrates the story of an immortal angel falling in love with a lonely human being. Shot in both sepia and colour, the former tone signifies the world inhabited by the angels. Wanders bagged the best director’s award at the Cannes Film Festival for the film. The movie has garnered a cult status over the years and has inspired multiple remakes in many languages.
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9. Lost in Translation (2003)