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Mientras duermes (2011)
A must watch for fans of psychological thrillers
Without the use of gratuitous violence and gore, this movie manages to find it's place at the top of it's genre.
It is incredibly uncomfortable to watch, and part of me wanted to stop watching at several points. It is truly amazing how the movie manages to evoke such a feeling of suspense and, well, awkwardness from the audience.
Movies like 'Funny Games' and 'The Strangers' attempt to provoke the audience in similar ways but fall short, while other films like 'Martyrs' use over-the-top gore to aid their attempts.
Despite the disturbing content of the film, the difficulty I had in viewing it, and many of the characters' actions being difficult to relate to, I recommend it highly and consider this movie a great success as it accomplished what it set out to do - impact the viewers psychologically.
This is a must-watch for any fan of psychological thrillers/horrors.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Beautiul and Unforgettable
This is one of the rare movies that deeply impact you after viewing it. The last 20 minutes of the film are incredibly intense and disturbing, and unites the entire film in a beautiful-yet-horrific sort of way. What's more impressive is that this is achieved without mere gratuitous violence or shock-and-awe footage. This is Aronofky's greatest ability - to extract such strong emotion from the viewer, and what ultimately separates 'Requiem' from other movies with similarly strong subject matter; the simple use of strong images isn't sufficient to move the viewer, but needs to be part of a greater vision, something that this film recognizes and delivers in an unforgettable fashion. A decade later, this film still manages to profoundly affect me. 9/10.