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!

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Sarah Wynter, Jasmine Guy, Britt McKillip, Cynthia Stev...

Following on from the cult TV show, this feature-length film finds George and her colleagues with a new boss whose focus is merely on moving souls thr... Read more

Dead Like Me: Season 1 (2003)

Director: Kevin Dowling, David Grossman, Peter Lauer, Robert Duncan McNeill
Starring: Mandy Patinkin, Rebecca Gayheart, Cynthia Stevenson, Jasmine Guy, Callum Blue, E...

The hit series about a group of 'reapers' - the undead who escort souls from their old life to their afterlife. Mandy Patinkin stars as the leader of... Read more

Dead Ringers (1988)

Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold, Heidi Von Palleske

David Cronenberg does it again in this psychological horror film starring Jeremy Irons as a pair of disturbed, identical twin gynaecologists. A techni... Read more

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Al...

A black comedy with a dysfunctional British family gathering to mourn the passing of their patriarch. However, far from a dignified funeral, the mourn... Read more

Death at a Funeral (2010)

Director: Neil LaBute
Starring: Chris Rock, Danny Glover, Keith David, Loretta Devine, Luke Wilson, Martin Lawre...

Funny remake of the 2007 Frank Oz comedy follows the offbeat members of an African-American family as they gather for the funeral of their patriarch.... Read more

Death at a Funeral ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Ewen Bremner, Peter Dinklage, Matthew Macfadyen, Kris Marshall, Alan Tudyk

A black comedy with a dysfunctional British family gathering to mourn the passing of their patriarch. However, far from a dignified funeral, the mourn... Read more

Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

Director: Darren Grant
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tamara Taylor, Shemar Moore, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany...

Helen and Charles seem to have the idyllic marriage, unitl one day Charles brings his mistress home and kicks Helen out! The dejected wife runs back... Read more

Dogman (2018)

Director: Matteo Garrone

Marcello is a mild-mannered dog groomer who commits petty crimes for Simoncino, a former boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino's abuse... Read more

Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006)

Director: Philippe Lioret
Starring: Isabelle Renauld, Kad Merad, Melanie Laurent, Julien Boisselier

On her return from vacation 19-year-old Lili is told by her parents that her twin brother Loic has left home after a violent argument with her father.... Read more

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary...

Dark and disturbing, destined-for-cult status tale stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a gifted but troubled 80s high school student whose adolescent horrors tak... Read more