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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

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

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE

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 1707/12/2012

House of Sand and Fog.

by Anonymousreply 1807/12/2012

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

Viridiana

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

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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

Magnolia

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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