Slow Cinema, in title at least, is an inherently unattractive proposition. A lot of contemporary film-making in Hollywood is obsessed with constant involvement of the audience even to go so far as forcing in inept exposition and contrived plot-points to keep the pace intense. As a result, the movies below may be difficult to stomach at first for big fans of Western blockbuster fare but they are not inaccessible: Slow cinema is also a uniquely special form of expression that allows its audience to breathe and soak in the world its directors are creating, often making for far more vivid, contemplative experiences than shorter movies could manage.
I’ve decided to exercise a one film per-director rule for this list, given the fact that many film-makers who specify in slow cinema are able to practice and refine their skill in order to create a dominant body of work that would overwhelm the less specifically committed filmographies of other directors. Also, it’s a nice way to be introduced to several artists who take this lesser trodden path and gives new viewers options on where to start. That being said, here is the list of top slow cinema movies ever. You can watch some of these best slow cinema movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Close-Up (1990)
Iranian legend Abbas Kiarostami left an undeniable gap in the medium when he passed on last year- though his body of work will survive ad-infinitum. Classics like Through the Olive Trees, Taste of Cherry and the more recent Certified Copy are all firm examples of his slow-cinematic craftsmanship but this 1990 doccu-drama that assembles the same people who were involved in a fascinating true story of art and interpretation and re-enacts their court case with a beautiful use of time to capture otherwise mundane moments and in focusing on them impart an importance that forces you to pay attention and, just maybe, foster the same blissful basking in our world that Kiarostami’s characters strive to achieve. Capped off by a wonderful ending and driven by incisive discussions on the nature of art and how it relates to the cinema and both those people who pay to sit in front of the screens for hours at a time and the ones behind the camera creating for them — Close-Up is essential cinema and a steady introduction to the longer, more challenging works later down this list.
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9. L’Eclisse (1962)