Posts about Movies
"I don't think I'm an antifascist, if anything fascism is anti-me." Fascinating slice of life character drama set on a historic day in Rome 1938. The movie starts with newsreel footage and then opens with one of the most amazing single take shots I've seen in a film. Sophia Loren was phenomenal!
A movie where a group of total strangers somehow find themselves in a foreign environment and have work together to find their way out. Or an escape room film.
I've seen quite a few of these from different genres like Circle, the Saw series, The Maze Runner, etc. So I'm open to any genre. I'm just hoping someone will list a few I haven't watched yet. 🤞
The use of non-professional actors in film and people's favorite performances by non-professional actors
I recently watched Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You and was really moved by Debbie Honeywood's performance. I was even more impressed after reading that it was her first role she had ever been cast in.
It got me thinking about the use of non-professional actors more broadly, and how the use of non-professional actors is common in films that center on working- and lower-class people, or people on the outskirts of society. Some examples that came to mind for me included Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, many of Sean Baker's films, Robert Bresson's films, some of Harmony Korine's stuff like Gummo and KIDS, and another one from Loach, Kes.
Do others have examples that run counter to this pattern?
More broadly, I'd also love to hear from others about their favorite performances by non-professional actors, or their favorite examples where a director uses non-professional actors in a really effective or impactful way.
Edit: Thanks to everyone for offering so many recommendations for the watchlist! Some of these examples blew me away; I had no idea that some of these people were non-professional actors (e.g., Homayoun Ershadi when he was cast in Taste of Cherry and Yalitza Aparicio in Roma). The interesting backstories for how some of these actors came into their roles also make for a bit of good movie trivia.