One week I have almost no movies to recommend, the other week I have too many to shuffle through. Addiction being the topic with a wider range, not only is addiction related to drugs but also alcohol, sex, pain killers as well as food and shopping etc. I feel like there are so many movies to choose from. But at the end of the day, I figured there are three very heavy movies of addiction that I would recommend.
This week’s topic was recommended by Wendell.
First movie that came to mind was of course the movie that is famous for its portrayal of drug addiction. The performances by Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Ellen Burstyn alone are worth your time, but the drug-infused reality is something of an experience. I’ve seen this movie couple of times, and each time I do, I’m frightened of it. It is a very real, and honest, yet gruesome and brutal representation of addiction.
With the T2: Trainspotting on its way, everyone should watch or re-watch this Irvine Welsh novel by the same name adapted on screen by Danny Boyle. It’s weird, it’s dark, it’s funny, and if anything else fails to impress, Ewan McGregor’s accent makes you feel like everything was worth it. Also, 10 years later, the opening monologue is still relevant, and you wouldn’t even have to change it, because everything is still as true. Minus the heroin part.
Alright, now, this is a difficult movie to digest for any movie enthusiast, and I feel like that’s exactly what Lars von Trier is doing. He makes difficult movies, with difficult topics and Nymphomaniac is no different. I saw through this very long movie three years ago, and I still remember the emotional exhaustion I felt. It is probably the most difficult movie about addiction I’ve seen. Not just because it’s difficult to watch a t times, but it’s very difficult to understand our main character, which puts a certain distance between the movie and the viewer.
Granted, I think I haven’t watched the final season, but I do think I’ll get there eventually. Californication is a show about various addictions, sex and alcohol being the ones our main character struggles with. It takes a more comedic route showcasing them but there’s always a few drama elements to it. Still, if heavy isn’t your thing, then Californication with its lighter approach is something for you.
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