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Art House films are primarily concerned about aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit. Typically, Unconventional narrative and elements are widely seen due to targeting a niche audience rather than the mass audience.

An Art House film is mostly prioritise the independent view of its director due to the nature of being produced independently from major studios. Artistic and experimental elements, and  symbolic content  are quite common in Art House films.

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8.5/10

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1994

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Satan's Tango

In a small, dilapidated village in 1990s Hungary, life has come to a virtual stand-still. The Autumn rains have started. A few of the villagers expect to receive a large cash payment that evening, and then plan to leave. Some want to abscond earlier with more than their fair share of the money. Howe ...

art house

based on book

black and white

communism

epic

golden palm

8.5/10

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1964

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Woman in the Dunes

An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

art house

based on book

black and white

erotic

golden palm

melancholy

8.4/10

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2003

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Old Boy

An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for ...

absurd

art house

artistic

bizarre

drama

golden palm

8.3/10

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1999

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Mulholland Dr.

After a car wreck, an amnesiac woman sets out to learn what happened to her with the help of a wannabee actress.

art house

drama

golden palm

8.3/10

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2000

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Werckmeister Harmonies

This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather - without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around the circus trailer, which is put up in the main square ...

art house

artistic

based on book

black and white

golden palm

melancholy

8.3/10

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1950

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Rashomon

A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to ...

artistic

black and white

corruption

crime

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

golden palm

8.3/10

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1962

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Jetée, La

Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man, a slave, sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the world's fate. To replenish its decreasing stocks of food, medicine and energies, and in doing so, resulting in a pe ...

art house

black and white

futuristic

golden palm

life & death

memory

8.2/10

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1962

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The Exterminating Angel

After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room... and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they've built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals...

absurd

art house

black and white

golden palm

melancholy

philosophy

8.2/10

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2014

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Winter Sleep

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels ...

art house

golden palm

Palme d'Or winner (Cannes Film Festival)

social commentary

8.2/10

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1983

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Nostalgia

The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family in his house for seven years to ...

art house

artistic

black and white

golden palm

life & death

melancholy

8.2/10

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1974

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Woman Under the Influence, A

Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.

art house

golden palm

independent film

melancholy

psychological

tragedy

8.2/10

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1969

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Andrei Rublev

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

art house

artistic

black and white

golden palm

independent film

melancholy


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