Dysfunctional Families

To paraphrase Tolstoy, happy families are all alike: they’re really boring to watch on-screen. Thus, cinema is besotted with deliciously unhappy ones.

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743 La Ciénaga La Ciénaga Lucrecia Martel Argentina, 2001
259 Fat Girl Fat Girl Catherine Breillat France, 2001
350 Seduced and Abandoned Seduced and Abandoned Pietro Germi Italy, 1964
492 A Christmas Tale A Christmas Tale Arnaud Desplechin France, 2008
505 Make Way for Tomorrow Make Way for Tomorrow Leo McCarey United States, 1937
952 The Magnificent Ambersons The Magnificent Ambersons Orson Welles United States, 1942
520 Everlasting Moments Everlasting Moments Jan Troell Sweden, 2008
337 À nos amours À nos amours Maurice Pialat France, 1983
198 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Ali: Fear Eats the Soul Rainer Werner Fassbinder Germany, 1974
403 Cría cuervos . . . Cría cuervos . . . Carlos Saura Spain, 1976
253 A Woman Under the Influence A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes United States, 1974
95 All That Heaven Allows All That Heaven Allows Douglas Sirk United States, 1955
356 Sweetie Sweetie Jane Campion New Zealand, 1989
553 Fish Tank Fish Tank Andrea Arnold United Kingdom, 2009
920 The Virgin Suicides The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola United States, 1999
426 The Ice Storm The Ice Storm Ang Lee United States, 1997
101 Cries and Whispers Cries and Whispers Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1972
5 The 400 Blows The 400 Blows François Truffaut France, 1959
157 The Royal Tenenbaums The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson United States, 2001
659 Life Is Sweet Life Is Sweet Mike Leigh United Kingdom, 1990
60 Autumn Sonata Autumn Sonata Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1978
690 The Housemaid The Housemaid Kim Ki-young South Korea, 1960
533 Crumb Crumb Terry Zwigoff United States, 1995
123 Grey Gardens Grey Gardens Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin United States, 1976
507 Bigger Than Life Bigger Than Life Nicholas Ray United States, 1956
942 The Tree of Life The Tree of Life Terrence Malick United States, 2011
252 Faces Faces John Cassavetes United States, 1968
229 Scenes from a Marriage Scenes from a Marriage Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1973
333 Fists in the Pocket Fists in the Pocket Marco Bellocchio Italy, 1965
554 Still Walking Still Walking Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan, 2008
323 The Children Are Watching Us The Children Are Watching Us Vittorio De Sica Italy, 1944
546 Five Easy Pieces Five Easy Pieces Bob Rafelson United States, 1970
398 Les enfants terribles Les enfants terribles Jean-Pierre Melville France, 1950
874 Insiang Insiang Lino Brocka Philippines, 1976
898 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me David Lynch United States, 1992
501 Paris, Texas Paris, Texas Wim Wenders France, 1984
527 The Secret of the Grain The Secret of the Grain Abdellatif Kechiche France, 2007
Poto and Cabengo Poto and Cabengo Jean-Pierre Gorin United States, 1980
The Inheritance The Inheritance Masaki Kobayashi Japan, 1962
Chains Chains Raffaello Matarazzo Italy, 1949
A Married Couple A Married Couple Allan King Canada, 1969
963 To Sleep with Anger To Sleep with Anger Charles Burnett United States, 1990