07Jan

Getting My Indie Film Fix on Netflix

When we first got Netflix, I was initially excited to catch up on series I’d yet to see, like Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad.  Then I reveled in watching old movies from the 1970s and 1980s with my kids like Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club. Then I ventured into classic films starting many of the greats like Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Bette Davis. And now? Now I’m relishing in independent films, as I continue to find one golden indie after another that I either loved or had never seen before. I’ve had some serious enjoyment recently and wanted to share some of the titles on Netflix that you need to see.

the boy in the striped pajamas

Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.  Now I have to read the book by Irish writer John Boyne. It was one of the most moving films I’ve seen in a long time.

frances ha

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. I’d been wondering about this film for a while since it was critically acclaimed last year. Director Noah Baumbach and his protege Greta Gerwig are very Woody Allen/Mia Farrow-esque. It’s a real film for New Yorkers, me being one.

ToaThe ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960’s Britain based on cookery writer Nigel Slaters’ autobiographical novel of the same name.  My British husband really felt like this film spelled out his childhood in the UK and found it be a bit of a teaching lesson about this childhood.

a room with a viewLucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman, makes her first visit to Florence, Italy in the early 1900’s. There, she meets a quiet yet eccentric young man named George Emerson. Upon her return to England, Lucy must decide whether to follow through with her marriage to her stoic fiance, Cecil, or follow her heart and her growing attraction to George. This was one of my favorite movies in the 1980s.

stranger than paradise

Stranger Than Paradise is about a self-styled New York hipster who is paid a surprise and quite unwelcome visit by his pretty sixteen-year-old Hungarian cousin.  Jim Jamusch was a breath of fresh air in the 1980s and he’s remained one of my favorite directors since.

lovely and amazing

Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of Lovely and Amazing about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters. Directed by one of my favorite female directors, Nicole Holofcener, my sister also worked on the film as music supervisor and it holds a special place in my heart.

I currently have 72 items in my Netflix list to dip my teeth into, most of them being indies.  Time to make your list.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and am writing this post as part of my commitment to promote the brand but I choose my own topic and all opinions are my own.

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