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!

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

Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

Director: Carl Schultz
Starring: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill

Critically acclaimed at home in Australia and in the U.S., this powerful drama concerns the fight between two sisters over the custody of their six ye... Read more

Christmas (2003)

Director: Gregory King
Starring: David Hornblow, Darien Takle, Helen Pearse-Otene, Tony Waerea

Broke, jobless and chronically depressed, eldest son Keri returns to the family home for Christmas, where he must face the emotional train-wreck that... Read more

City by the Sea (2002)

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Starring: George Dzundza, James Franco, Frances McDormand, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku, W...

Veteran Manhattan homicide detective Robert De Niro must confront a tortured family history when the prime suspect in a drug dealer's murder turns out... Read more

City Island (2009)

Director: Raymond De Felitta
Starring: Alan Arkin, Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Ezra Miller, Domini...

Vince Rizzi (Andy Garcia) is an upstanding family man who works as a corrections officer, but secretly longs to be an actor. Ashamed to admit his aspi... Read more

Clubland (2007)

Director: Cherie Nowlan
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Richard Wilson, Rebecca Gibney, Russell Dykstra...

Moving to Australia after separating from her husband, Jeannie Dwight (Brenda Blethyn) pursues her dream of becoming a successful comedienne. Meanwhil... Read more

CRAZY (2005)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Starring: Michel Cote, Marc-Andre Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Emile Vallee, Pierre-Luc Brill...

Zac Beaulieu was born on Christmas Day in 1960 and lives with his parents and four brothers in Quebec. He grows up longing for acceptance from his ho... Read more

Crimes of the Heart (1986)

Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper

Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton star as flaky Southern sisters who are uneasily reunited when Spacek is arrested for shooting her politic... Read more

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Liu Ye, Dahong Ni, Junjie Qin, Man Li

Zhang Yimou's characteristically lush historical melodrama, set near the end of theTang Dynasty, with Chow Yun-Fat as the Emperor whose wife (Gong Li)... Read more

Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017)

Director: Xavier Legrand
Starring: Lea Drucker, Denis Menochet, Thomas Gioria

Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. An... Read more