Indie films don’t have the same promotional budget and regular theatre showings as regular movies so you may have missed out on some real gems! The beauty of indie films for me is that they tend to be realistic, beautifully shot, have great soundtracks, and full of important dialogue. So here’s all my current favorites you can go watch right now on Netflix!
The Road Within
Basically 3 young adults meet at a clinic and go on a roadtrip. The main guy, Vincent, has Tourette Syndrome and is coping with a loss. He becomes friends with Marie who has anorexia and Alex who has OCD. It’s a unique film that shows each character’s strengths despite their weaknesses while educating the audience about the reality of different mental illnesses.
The Fundamentals of Caring
Trevor has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and lives a very mudane, safe life. His mom hires Ben, a retired writer and man dealing with a lot of loss, to be Trevor’s caregiver. They plot out a roadtrip and go on a journey that has both physical and mental challenges, hurt and healing.
Malcolm is a really cool nerd (his wardrobe is sick) living in a rough neighborhood. Pretty much, him and his friends get invited to a party that changes everything and begins an LA adventure. It’s a perfect comedy meets drama so you should probably just watch it. Also the soundtrack is…dope. bye.
Short Term 12
Grace is a counselor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. While trying to help navigate the problems of others, she has her own to deal with including the life changing decision of possibly marrying her long-time boyfriend / co-worker. All the characters in this film are dynamic and beautiful, offering a glimpse into a world that is foreign to many.
Yes, Emma Watson is in this and she is brilliant. Here’s the IMBD description because it is complicated: “Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.” Basically it is WILD, if you’re into historical fiction type entertainment you have to watch this.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
Am I the only one who wonders what I would do if the world was ending? How my relationships would be affected? Well this movie explores that scenario. Dodge’s wife leaves him so he decides to go looking for his highschool sweetheart, but his neighbor Penny ends up joining him. It’s kind of an unconventional rom com but with some action.
Louis gets into the world of crime journalism in LA. This is thriller meets drama, the main character constantly blurring the lines between getting the story or actually participating in the story. It explores ethical issues in the 24/7 news cycle in dark way.
Just going to be blunt, this one is pretty messed up. William is traveling through Europe and starts to search for answers about his family’s past. A local girl, Effy, helps him on this adventure but she is half his age. The movie tackles ethical issues in romance and also maturity levels / the need to grow up.
This probably ruined my life. Another IMBD one: “Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story.”
*writes through tears* Yes that is THE Jesse McCartney in his prime. Okay again yeah this movie might break your heart but it’s worth it I think. The dialogue in this just wrecks me. Natalie truly thinks she has life figured all out, has a good friend group and is popular blah blah blah. Then her lab partner Keith challenges her in every way and offers a bit of rebellion / adventure / romance to her life. It gets complicated so just watch it I don’t want to give anything away but have tissues.
How I Live Now
Daisy is sent from New York to the countryside of England to live with her aunt and cousins. Sounds simple but this movie is complicated. There’s a romance, war, tragedy, etc. It’s unlike any movie I have ever seen so for that I loved it but it definitely makes you think.
I just adore this movie. Amy is a college graduate determined to be a poet who basically stalks this author who she gets an internship with. She also works at a sex shop because she needs the money. It’s just really cute and ordinary which adds to the charm. Also the cast? Perfect.
This is a film centered around growing up and romance, even in your mid-30s. It shows how we learn lessons in relationships. There is really not enough movies about college that focus on things other than drinking and greek life so the plot is really refreshing.
Another heartbreaker. The couple in this film have been together for 6 years but their lives start to go in different directions with new opportunities. It’s more of a movie about falling out of love and it gets scary / violent. It’s not a feel good or easy watch but I think it speaks to the reality of love and how it often comes with loss.
I Believe in Unicorns
Yes this is our beloved Stranger Things princess! Warning you now, this film should have a trigger warning for relationship violence. It’s another hard watch as the awkward main character uses a relationship to escape into a fantasy world. It’s crazy the things people will justify / put up with and call “love” when it is anything but that. It’s filmed beautifully and has a whimsical feel but like I said it’s not an easy watch.