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Movies which are character studies recommendations

I'm not sure if that's the proper terminology, but I'm looking for recommendations of films where the focus is on a main character or two.

I can recommend The Last Waltz with Michelle Williams. Very well done and interesting character studies. Seth Rogan gave an excellent performance.

by Anonymousreply 3911/24/2012

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING with Julie Harris and Ethel Waters is mainly a character study of a motherless adolescent and the widowed maid who looks after her.

by Anonymousreply 107/11/2012

The Woody Allen dramas, especially "Interiors" and "Another Woman"

by Anonymousreply 207/11/2012

Passion Fish, a John Sayles film starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard. A soap opera star (McDonnell) is rendered a paraplegic after a car accident and returns to her Louisiana homestead. She needs nursing care, but drives one nurse after another away with her bitterness and bile. Until nurse Alfre Woodward arrives.

Really a wonderful film.

by Anonymousreply 307/11/2012

OPENING NIGHT, directed by John Cassavetes and starring Gena Rowlands. Incredible film.

by Anonymousreply 407/11/2012

Great recommendations here already. Gena Rowlands is superb in both Opening Night and Another Woman. (I'd also cite Sandy Dennis' brief, but bold appearance in the latter as award-worthy).

I'd also recommend a couple of the Joanne Woodward standards which are indeed both character studies: Rachel, Rachel (1968) and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

by Anonymousreply 507/11/2012

r2 beat me to it : Interiors

by Anonymousreply 607/11/2012

Nothing beats a character study like Ellen Burystn's character in "Requiem For A Dream."

by Anonymousreply 707/11/2012

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)

Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)

Persona (Ingmar Bergman)

Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)

Vagabond (Agnes Varda)

by Anonymousreply 807/11/2012

Midnight Cowboy Nashville

by Anonymousreply 907/11/2012

OP - the Michelle Williams movie is TAKE THIS WALTZ.

by Anonymousreply 1007/11/2012

Sigourney Weaver in Polanski's "Death and the Maiden". Riveting performance.

by Anonymousreply 1107/11/2012

the two leads in "What Happened Was..."

Good luck finding this great movie and character study - I think it is only available on VHS

by Anonymousreply 1207/11/2012

Another great Joanne Woodward "character study" is her performance as an alcoholic single mother with two maladjusted daughters in THE EFFECTS OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS. The film is considerably different from the play in the way it focuses on Woodward's character whom we see in a variety of situations not included in the stage version.

by Anonymousreply 1307/11/2012

You Can Count on Me

Five Easy Pieces

The Trip To Bountiful

The Ice Storm

The Talented Mr.Ripley

by Anonymousreply 1407/11/2012



Both are excellent and star one of the greatest actresses of all time, Maggie Smith.

by Anonymousreply 1507/11/2012

HIGH TIDE with Judy Davis

KLUTE with Jane Fonda

THE QUEEN with Helen Mirren

SECRETS AND LIES with Brenda Blethyn

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY with Sally Hawkins

GEORGY GIRL with Lynn Redgrave

by Anonymousreply 1607/11/2012

CITIZEN KANE is the grand-daddy of male character study movies.

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE is primarily a study of Dawn Weiner, a hellishly put-upon geek, as she enters young womanhood.

THE 400 BLOWS is a portrait of a male adolescent misfit.

by Anonymousreply 1707/11/2012

House of Sand and Fog.

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2012

R14 is on the money.

by Anonymousreply 1907/12/2012

"The Birds". I'm serious. It's a good soap opera with some horror thrown in.

by Anonymousreply 2007/14/2012

THE LONELY LADY. It tells you all about why she's so lonely, even though she wins all kinds of success and prizes.

by Anonymousreply 2107/14/2012


by Anonymousreply 2207/14/2012

The Passion of Joan of Arc

by Anonymousreply 2307/14/2012

"The Dresser" with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay . . .

"Madame Sousatzka" with Shirley MacLaine, Peggy Ashcroft and Goeffrey Bayldon . . . .

"Gods and Monsters" with Ian Mckellan, Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraser . . . .

by Anonymousreply 2407/14/2012

R18 - yes, House of sand and Fog is an excellent character study. very sad, though.

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine is another.

by Anonymousreply 2507/14/2012


by Anonymousreply 2607/14/2012

Try "The Collector".

Terence Stamp's and Samantha Eggar's characters are the only two people on screen for all but a couple of scenes.

by Anonymousreply 2707/14/2012

"Truly Madly Deeply"

Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson

by Anonymousreply 2807/14/2012

Anything from Paul Thomas Anderson

Boogie Nights


Punch Drunk Love

There Will Be Blood

by Anonymousreply 2907/14/2012

OP, I really think you need to be clearer about what you are asking for. There are tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of movies where the focus is on a main character or two, so I take it you mean something much more specific. But what, exactly, you mean isn't at all clear.

by Anonymousreply 3007/14/2012

Thanks for mentioning Truly, Madly, Deeply, R28. That was my introduction to Alan Rickman and it made me a fan for life.

Klute is another great recommendation. Forgive Jane Fonda all her missteps because of that one.

I'll add Away From Her - Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.

by Anonymousreply 3107/14/2012

Quills - Geoffrey Rush is mind blowing

by Anonymousreply 3207/14/2012

Brokeback Mountain.

by Anonymousreply 3307/14/2012

My Dinner With Andre

by Anonymousreply 3407/16/2012

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.

by Anonymousreply 3507/16/2012

The 'Trois Couleurs' series by Krzysztof Kieslowski from the early 90's are great character studies; three films with separate plot-lines that intertwine. 'Bleu' with Juliette Binoche is my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 3607/16/2012

"Save the Tiger"

"Hard Eight"

"Straight Time"

by Anonymousreply 3707/16/2012

The Killing of Sister George. It's not an exaggeration to say that it taught lesbians how to be the modern lesbians as we understand them today.

by Anonymousreply 3807/16/2012

'In the Bedroom'

'The Go-Between'

'Burning Secret'

by Anonymousreply 3911/24/2012
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