Independent films have been getting way more attention as the years go by, with people really getting a glimpse of what small producers can do even without the huge budget most popular films count on nowadays. Therefore, even big streaming platforms such as Netflix have jumped on board to support the independent film industry and has added a handful of masterpieces to its lists. Today, we’re going to let you know about some of them.
The Discovery talks about a future that doesn’t seem too distant. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford) is a brilliant doctor whose breakthroughs and findings have found life after death, so thousands of people start committing suicide to be able to go through to the other side. The doctor continues on with his researches until he makes the biggest discovery of his life, but then Will (Jason Segel) falls in love with a woman with quite a dark history.
The Grandfather Who Jumped Out the Window
This one’s actually an adaption from a funny story written by Jonas Jonasson. The Grandfather Who Jumped Out the Window tells the story of Alan Karlsson, a man that has just turned 100 years old, lived through the Cold War and met Stalin and Nixon. Karlsson gets into a bit of a predicament with the police and former enemies when he tries to find the formula for the most addictive beverage ever made.
Even though Trainspotting is now considered a cult film, it was actually one of the first independent films to become world-wide famous. Trainspotting is an adaption from a novel by Irvine Welsh and tells the story of several junky teenagers from Edinburgh that have lost all interest in life and their futures, so they get hung up on heroin and will do whatever it takes to find more money to get high.
Ellen Page tells us the story of Tallulah, a homeless girl that runs away with her wealthy boyfriend who gives up his fortune just to be with her. They become scammers until he decides to leave her and go back to his former life. Tallulah becomes a thief and does whatever it takes to survive, but then she makes one of the boldest and dumbest decisions she could’ve done: kidnap a little girl.
Brain on Fire
And last, but not least, we have Brain on Fire. On this film, Susannah Cahalan (Chloë Grace Moretz), is a young journalist for the New York Post. She starts having severe headaches and convulsions, up to the point where she even starts hearing voices inside of her head. The doctors have never seen anything like it and fail to diagnose her, so she keeps getting worse as the days go by. She gets violent and catatonic, and after several misdiagnoses, she finally understands what’s happening with her and starts to slowly take her life back on track.