Avant garde movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant avant garde movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out avant garde, serious, surreal, psychological, realistic and experimental films and TV shows about / with surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity, murder, violence, obsession, death, female nudity, society and insanity plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as avant garde: Eraserhead (1977), Begotten (1989), Close-Up (1990), The Catcher in the Rye (2008), Destricted (2006), Judy & Punch (2019), Body Swap (2019), Tweeny Witches (2004), The Wooden Room (1995), Paanch (2003).

List of avant garde movies

Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, cult, insanity, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, psychology ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Begotten (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Begotten is the creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.
Style: macabre, avant garde, surreal, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: nihilism, self mutilation, necrophilia, chaos, surrealism, obsession, supernatural, postmodernism, reincarnation, perversion, human nature, religions or cults ...
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Close-Up (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into ...
Style: avant garde, realistic, semi serious, clever
Plot: hidden identity, uncover truth, cons and scams, fighting the system, legal, filmmaking, filmmaker, reporter, mistaken identity, society, artists and showbiz, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tehran iran, iran
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The Catcher in the Rye (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This film consists of 75 minutes and 6 seconds of blue screen.
Style: avant garde, psychological, captivating, disturbing, suspense
Plot: avant-garde, abstract art, absurdism, surrealism
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Destricted (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.
Style: erotic, thought provoking, serious, avant garde, realistic ...
Plot: erection, sexual promiscuity, exhibitionist, couple relations, lifestyle, sex scene, sex addict, teenage love, coitus, society, destructive relationship, sexual relations ...
Time: 70s
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Judy & Punch (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering but Punch's driving ambition and penchant for whisky lead ...
Style: avant garde, suspenseful, tricky, rough, bleak ...
Plot: puppeteer, puppet, hiding place, insanity, escape, drunkenness, chase, rescue, husband wife relationship, surrealism, violence, horse ...
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Body Swap (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: CJ is a high strung business woman at the Versa Corporation working on the biggest deal in her company's history. Casey is a laid-back slacker who mooches off his brother Roy. When Casey goes into an interview at Versa only to qualify for ...
Style: twists and turns, psychotronic, parody, avant garde, experimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: businesswoman, business, farce, breaking the fourth wall, gender, girl, betrayal, cult, supernatural power, company, gender bending, supernatural ...
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Tweeny Witches (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 9 min.
TV show
Story: Arusu believes in magic and it's power to do good in the world. Unfortunately for her, her fellow witches disagree, and use their powers for all sorts of neat tricks, like turning little sprites into their slaves. Realizing that this ...
Style: avant garde, captivating, enigmatic
Plot: magic, witch, friendship, supernatural power, supernatural, warlock, fantasy world, curse, wizards, school, child hero, father daughter relationship ...
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The Wooden Room (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 65 min.
Story: The protagonist of The Wooden Room is a director of documentaries, who lives with his wife - who is as stoic as he - in an isolated hut in the woods. The director is obsessed by filming marginal events in life. The closer he can get to these events ...
Style: avant garde, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, macabre ...
Plot: filmmaking, filmmaker, isolation, husband wife relationship, research, obsession, serial rapist, mad scientist, fantasy becomes reality, commune, river, gay ...
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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: For the past 40 years, Jan Svankmajer (Faust, Conspirators of Pleasure) has been hailed as one of cinema's most consistently surprising, wildly imaginative, and remarkable surrealists of our time. Utilizing a delirious combination of puppets, ...
Style: avant garde, psychological, disturbing, surreal, weird ...
Plot: surrealism, puppet, humanity in peril, human flesh, multiple storylines, human existence, pig, death, guinea pig, compilation, edgar allan poe, coffin
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Paanch (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film is "loosely" based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune. It has been refused a clearance certificate by the censor board, twice on six grounds - the film glorifies violence; it shows the modus operandi of a crime ...
Style: avant garde, psychological, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: kidnapping, friendship, fake kidnapping, friendship between men, rebellious youth, betrayal, deception, duplicity, rebellion, fictional band, suspect, manipulation ...
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Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The film takes place in a seemingly abandoned house where a group of people engage in wordless acts of passion. It covers a period from evening to morning, and the sexual couplings among the members of the house becomes increasingly harrowing as ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: female nudity, oral sex, female masturbation, tap dance, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity, voyeur, voyeurism, erotica, lesbian sex, male full rear nudity, threesome ...
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The Atrocity Exhibition (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A scientist obsessed with World War III hits the road with a woman so he can re-create scenes from history.
Style: avant garde, suspense, rough, scary, bleak
Plot: doctor, patient, mental breakdown, insanity, hospital, car accident, female nudity, architecture, explicit sex, sex, surrealism
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Lapse (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Denmark
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Renee wakes up one morning in the middle of the desert with blood on her hands. She cannot remember why she is there, how she got there or with whom she came. Her quest to uncover forgotten events leads her on a journey of discovery where reality ...
Style: surreal, experimental, suspense, avant garde, twists and turns ...
Plot: delusion, guilt, infidelity, memory, missing person, vengeance, puzzle, amnesia, confession, desert, betrayal, false memory ...
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Afterimage (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he's eventually erased from the ...
Style: avant garde, twist ending, captivating, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: art, painting, artist, legal system, father daughter relationship, professor, loss of mother, teacher student relationship, one legged man, sculpture, communism, life ...
Time: year 1950, year 1948, 50s, year 1952, 1940s
Place: poland
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Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Mathieu Denis (Corbo) and Simon Lavoie (Le torrent) evoke Godard’s La Chinoise with this stunning fusion of fiction and documentary about a radical Quebec leftist cell seeking to sow mayhem in Montreal as a prelude to overthrowing the government.
Style: avant garde, serious, disturbing, realistic
Plot: rebellion, group of friends, violence, protest, rebel, politics, gay interest, revolution, female nudity, transsexual, male nudity, male objectification ...
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Kharms (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Russia, Lithuania
Duration: 95 min.
Story: He considers himself a genius but the publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. Constantly without money and out of touch with reality. The elegant fop Daniil Yuvachov names himself Kharms- a name ...
Style: avant garde, absurd, psychological, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: writer's block, arrested, jail, repression, gulag, publisher, poet, world war two, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, writers, arrest ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s
Place: ussr, st. petersburg russia
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Rabbits (2002)
Genre: Short, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, avant garde, experimental ...
Plot: dull life, confined, mystery, isolation, dark humor, confinement indoors, surrealism, rabbit, unfulfillment, chaos, intrigue, danger ...
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What Is It? (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: What Is It? is the name of a 2005 experimental film written, starring, funded and directed by Crispin Glover. As of 2008, the film has only been shown at independent theaters, typically accompanied by a question and answer session, slideshow and ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, surreal, avant garde, realistic ...
Plot: down syndrome, social misfits, society, mental illness, obsession, surrealism, controversy, getting home, misfit, against the rules, racism, strong sexual content ...
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Archon Defender (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Archon Defender follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny. Archon Defender is a solo production by Director David T. Krupicz, who ...
Style: avant garde, captivating, suspense, exciting
Plot: villain, good versus evil, fictional war, warrior, battles, fight, escape, betrayal, destruction, monk, showdown, war hero ...
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Everlasting Love (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Each day after work, Carlos, a language school teacher, frequents the heady surroundings of his local cruising ground. One evening he encounters a teenage boy from his class named Toni, and the two engage in a brief sexual tryst. As the relationship ...
Style: serious, sexy, avant garde, experimental, realistic ...
Plot: gay teacher, forest, teacher student romance, gay, cruise, forbidden love, teachers and students, lgbt, sexual relations, infatuation, teacher student sex, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, europe, spain
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Something Must Break (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. While Sebastian defies gender norms — flouting convention in his androgynous fluidity — straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, avant garde ...
Plot: gender, transsexual, gay, gays and lesbians, looking for love, introspection, fall in love, misfit, couples, strong sexual content, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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Mister Lonely (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.
Style: semi serious, humorous, surreal, atmospheric, avant garde ...
Plot: switching roles, love and romance, friends, artists and showbiz, tragic love, lovers reunited, couple relations, celebrity culture, husband wife relationship, nun, eccentricity, love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, scotland, france
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Film socialisme (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, avant garde, gloomy ...
Plot: cruise, politics, human nature, parents and children, family relations, society, state affairs, social differences, ship, parent child relationship, justice, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, africa, middle east, egypt, ukraine ...
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Easy Rider (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Style: psychedelic, road movie, realistic, avant garde, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, lsd, existentialism, friendship, on the road, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, biker, marijuana, motorcycle, americana, adventure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, california, new orleans, arizona, southern usa ...
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Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paris by night. Alex, 22, wants to become a filmmaker. He is fascinated by first times and his girlfriend, Florence, has just left him for his best friend, Thomas. First break-up, first attempted murder: Alex tries to strangle Thomas, but gives up ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, avant garde, talky ...
Plot: fall in love, impossible love, love affair, romance, couples, twentysomething life, destructive relationship, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, lifestyle, youth, loneliness ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: france, paris france, europe
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12 oz. Mouse (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
Story: 12 oz. Mouse revolves around Mouse Fitzgerald, nicknamed "Fitz", an alcoholic mouse who performs odd jobs so he can buy more beer. Together with his chinchilla companion Skillet, Fitz begins to recover suppressed memories that he once had ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, humorous, avant garde, adult animation ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, escapades, mouse, surrealism, animal life, drunkenness, beer, espionage, conspiracy, odd couple, fish, absurdism ...
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Timecode (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma, knows about the affair and is considering ...
Style: tense, avant garde, enigmatic, psychological, ironic ...
Plot: jealousy, multiple storylines, showbiz, couple relations, artists and showbiz, love and romance, manipulation, infidelity, love triangle, betrayal, actor's life, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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A Field in England (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, stylized, surreal, avant garde ...
Plot: hallucination, captivity, on the run, human nature, wilderness, group of strangers, poisoning, chaos, deserter, battlefield, battles, psychedelia ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england
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Rampo Noir (2005)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Mars Canal - Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover. Mirror Hell - When a series of women are discovered with their faces ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychedelic, avant garde, sexy ...
Plot: fascism, obsession, split personality, supernatural, mysterious character, crimes, mental illness, life is a bitch, dangerous animal, ghost, disability, starlet ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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