Looking back on all the movies that came out in 2011, we can say one thing for sure– it was it a great year for indie movies! One after the other, they just kept on piling up. They made us laugh, cry, dream and feel so much emotion! To get a really good feel of what a good indie movie is, take a look at any one of our seven favorites from 2011.
“Sound of My Voice”
“Sound of My Voice” is a long strange journey that follows a couple Lorna (Nicole Vicius) and Peter (Christopher Denham) down a long, surreal, winding road. They are two journalists and filmmakers who find out about a strange woman living in her basement, telling people she is from the future. Peter and Lorna decide to go undercover, find out the truth and expose her as the fraud they believe she is. The deeper they get into her world, the more they find out about themselves, and how aren’t very different from her actual followers.
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Described by La Weekly as “A thriller that shifts nearly imperceptibly between dream, memory and reality”, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is definitely one of the best indie movies of 2011. It revolves around a young girl, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) who tries to rehabilitate herself after she flees from an abusive cult. She is haunted by her memories of when she was a part of the cult. Her family tries to help her, but they see her insane behavior is getting worse every day, leaving them completely clueless.
“Weekend” is an honest, raw and touching love story between two men that are taken completely by surprise After a night out with his friends Russell (Tom Cullen) heads to a gay bar and picks up Glen (Chris New). What was supposed to be only a one night stand turns into something much more. The two spend the weekend together, talking, having sex, going out and getting drunk. They get to know each other in complete honesty. This is one unapologetic, real love story you just have to see!
“Like Crazy” is another beautiful love story we absolutely adore! It follows the lives of two young college kids Jacob and Anna (Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones), who completely fall head over heels for one another. However, there is one hitch; Anna is a British student studying in America, who overstays her visa, thus getting banned from the United States. They try long distance, open relationships and even completely letting go of each other. But whatever they try, they still love each other like crazy.
“Cold Weather” is a charming mystery revolving around a college forensic science major drop-out who returns to his home state, only to end up on a wild goose chase to find his missing ex girlfriend. A little after Doug (Cris Lankenau) moves back to Portland, his ex girlfriend goes missing. His colleague Carlos (Raúl Castillo) comes to him for help when his ex doesn’t show up for one of his shows. They raid her motel room for clues, and take inspiration from Sherlock Homes books to try to find her.
“Terri” is a truly touching and heart-warming story that every one of us misfits needs to watch! Terri (Jacob Wysocki) is an overweight, quiet, apathetic, kind hearted 15 year old misfit in a town full of people that don’t understand him. His life takes a turn one day when the Vice Principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) takes a special interest in him. They become friends, helping each other and pulling you in with their honesty and humor.
“Submarine” is truly one of the most captivating indie movies of 2011. 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) is a peculiar boy with two aims; to save his parents’ marriage and lose his virginity before he turns 16. Tate falls for a unpopular pyromaniac Jordana in his school, who even oversees his journal entries—occasionally ordering him to omit certain things. Tate has to face heartbreak, growing up and reality. This dark comedy is a must watch!