10 Artsy-Fartsy Films

Artsy films don’t necessarily mean someone in it is a painter or an artist of some sort. These movies are great and tend to have a certain following. Whether it is in the script, the characters, or the soundtrack – these films have formed a whole new genre Louisville painters call artsy-fartsy!

1. 500 Days of Summer
The story is about love, but it is not a love story, first of all. When greeting card writer, Tom meets Summer he falls madly in love with her. Summer is a modern woman with 60s style who does not believe in love and doesn’t want to be anyone’s girlfriend. The film’s soundtrack sets every scene and the creative cinematography makes the film like no other.

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2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The film tells the story of the relationship between Joel and Clementine and their extremely difficult breakup. When Joel finds that Clementine has erased him from her memory with a new found technology, Joel immediately decides to have her erased from his. The film goes through the psyche of a man who realizes that he does not want to forget the love of his life, even if he can’t have her.

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3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky and Cristina are best friends with two very different views on life and love. When they travel to Barcelona and meet the ravishing artist, Antonio, the romance begins and all rationale is thrown out the window. The film is beautiful with it’s amazing cinematography and landscape shots of Barcelona.

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4. American Beauty
When suburban business man, Lester Burnham loses his job, he takes a new approach on life. After being shunned for years by his rebellious daughter and neurotic wife, he gets back into shape, takes a job at a fast food restaurant and begins fantasizing about his daughter’s best friend. The film dives into a bored man’s psyche while he is going through a midlife crisis and a teenage girl’s struggle between being ordinary or a much older man’s mistress.

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5. Blue Valentine
The courtship of high school dropout, Dean and pre-med student, Cindy begins beautifully and full of love. When we see their married life several years later you see that the romance has turned to boredom for Cindy. The film shows the process of romantic love fading.

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6. The Royal Tenenbaums
Royal and Etheline Tenenbaum have three genius children: Chas, Richie, and their adopted daughter, Margot. Though Royal no longer lives with the family he has never divorced his wife, and as an attempt to get back into the house and family he fakes cancer. The dark comedy tells the story of the family you thought you wanted to be a part of with perfect character analysis and top of the line dialogue.

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7. High Fidelity
Probably the oldest movie on our list was released in 2000. When record store owner, Rob is dumped by his girlfriend we watch him go through the grieving process, beginning with anger. Rob’s lost boy mentality and depressed outlook on life begins to change as he realizes he may have been the one who was wrong and finds that he grows a little from the process. The movie is also known for the “top 5” lists that Rob makes and the great soundtrack.

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8. Garden State
After the death of his mother, Andrew Largeman goes home to New Jersey and is welcomed back into his old group of friends. When he meets the eccentric funny girl Sam, Andrew begins to realize what he wants to do with his life and accepts the dark elements of his past.

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9. An Education
Sixteen year-old school girl, Jenny is a promising student and very cultured. When she attracts the attention of an older man, he feed her hunger for adventure, but with a price. Jenny learns the importance of self and education, and the hardships of love.

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10. The Tree of Life
The film seems to display the thin line between religion an spirituality by examining humanity. The film mostly focuses on a young boy’s life: his relationship with his father, mother, and brothers, and how a child sees the world. The breathtaking special effects and emotional character revelations, make this movie one of a kind.

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Kristina Carpenter is a writer for CertaPro Painters of Louisville, which speicalizes in commercial and residential painting.


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