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Dysfunctional Families

Perhaps because it's something nearly all of us can relate to (apart from The Bradys), messed-up families have always been a popular subject for filmmakers in all genres. Whether you're playing it for laughs ('Arrested Development', 'Go For Zucker'), drama ('Kramer vs Kramer', 'Nil By Mouth'), or thrills ('The Quiet Family', 'Olivier, Olivier') the family dynamic is a deep well of ready-made love/hate relationships, seething resentments and hidden secrets. What more could a filmmaker, or a film-watcher, ask for!

Vigil / The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey / A State of Siege (1984)

Director: Vincent Ward
Starring: Bruce Lyons, Hamish McFarlane, Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Bill Kerr, Fiona...

A Vincent Ward double feature. 'Vigil' (1984, 86 mins) Director Vincent Ward supplies a striking visual atmosphere in this rural melodrama about life... Read more

Scenes From A Marriage (1973)

8.5/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson

Liv Ullman stars in this exploration of the relationship between two people over a twenty year period. Winner of the National Society of Film Critics... Read more

Breaking and Entering (2006)

6.5/10
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Vera Far...

Written and directed by Anthony Minghella, this suspenseful drama stars Jude Law as a successful landscape architect whose office has been broken into... Read more

Knives Out (2019)

8/10
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don...

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debon... Read more

20th Century Women (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brim... Read more

The Godfather ( Blu-ray ) (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterlin...

Francis Ford Coppola's mafioso epic featuring Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, it's a masterful ble... Read more

Revolutionary Road (2008)

7.3/10
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins, Ka...

Sam Mendes directs his wife Kate Winslet and her 'Titanic' co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio in this searing adaptation of Richard Yates' novel about 1950s s... Read more

Capharnaum / Capernaum (2018)

Director: Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Nadine Labaki

After running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-ol... Read more

Orphans (1997)

7.1/10
Director: Peter Mullan
Starring: Rosemarie Stevenson, Stephen McCole, Gary Lewis, Douglas Henshall

Three brothers and their handicapped sister convene in their hometown of Glasgow for their mothers funeral. The siblings later seperate to each deal w... Read more

Six Feet Under: Season 2 (2002)

8.7/10
Starring: Peter Krause, Michael C Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez,...

When death is your business, what is the meaning of your life? For Nate, David, Ruth and Claire, the world outside the Fisher and Sons Funeral Home co... Read more