Disturbing Art Cinema

A list of disturbing films with art house pedigree
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1.
Porcile (1969)
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Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts... (99 mins.)
 
2.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
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Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
 
3.
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
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While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has a emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. (90 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
4.
Trouble Every Day (2001)
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Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together... (101 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
5.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
6.
Benny's Video (1992)
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A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents. (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
7.
Funny Games (1997)
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Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
8.
The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971 Documentary)
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At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned. (32 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
 
9.
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
10.
I Stand Alone (1998)
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
11.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
12.
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan. (107 mins.)
 
13.
Sweet Movie (1974)
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The intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen who descends into withdrawal and madness... (98 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
14.
Trash Humpers (2009)
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Follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee. (78 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
15.
Honeycomb (1969)
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Teresa is like a child. She is frustrated with her childless existence and suspects her husband of being unfaithful. She and her husband play games with each other, tempting fate. (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
16.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
 
17.
Calvaire (2004)
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A singer's car breaks down deep in the woods. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
 
18.
The Ape (2009)
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A descent into hell, Jesper Ganslandt's disturbing and suspenseful second feature begins with a man waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, only to find the life he knew the day before is gone. (81 mins.)
 
19.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
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While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
20.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
21.
Fireworks (1947 Short Film)
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Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up). (20 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
22.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
23.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
 
24.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
25.
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
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In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race... (95 mins.)
 
26.
A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
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Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving... (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
27.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless... (84 mins.)
 
28.
Possession (1981)
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A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
 
29.
Code Blue (2011)
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Marian, a middle aged nurse, devotes herself to her patients like a saint. Sometimes she even takes on the role of a redeemer... (81 mins.)
 
30.
4 (2004)
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Two men and a woman happen to meet in a bar. We learn from their conversations both the intriguing and banal details of their lives... (126 mins.)
 
31.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
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A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania. (113 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
 
32.
The Day of the Locust (1975)
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An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father. (144 mins.)
 
33.
Tony Manero (2008)
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A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever. (97 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín