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, experimental, realistic, surreal and offbeat films and TV shows about / with surrealism, violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), male nudity, society, friendship, female nudity, death, pubic hair and murder plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as avant garde: Eraserhead (1977), The Catcher in the Rye (2008), Destricted (2006), Judy & Punch (2019), Body Swap (2019), Tweeny Witches (2003), Paanch (2003), The Atrocity Exhibition (2000), Lapse (2010), Afterimage (2016).

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, psychological, art house, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, cult, nightmare, insanity, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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
Plot: absurdism, avant-garde, abstract art
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Destricted (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.
Style: erotic, thought provoking, serious, avant garde, sexy ...
Plot: erection, sexual promiscuity, female removes her clothes, exhibitionist, couple relations, lifestyle, sex addict, teenage love, voyeurism, sexual relations, destructive relationship, society ...
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, suspense, tricky, bleak, rough ...
Plot: puppeteer, puppet, puppet show, drinking, drunkenness, drinking alcohol, hiding place, enlightenment, insanity, escape, husband wife relationship, surrealism ...
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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: avant garde, twists and turns, psychotronic, cult film, experimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: business, farce, parody, breaking the fourth wall, businesswoman, girl, betrayal, gender, dialogue driven, body, plot twist, company ...
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Tweeny Witches (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Taiwan, 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, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: magic, witch, fantasy world, friendship, supernatural, curse, supernatural power, warlock, wizards, school, surrealism, father daughter relationship ...
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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
Plot: surrealism, edgar allan poe, compilation, coffin, pig, puppet, death, guinea pig
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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, tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: kidnapping, fake kidnapping, friendship, manipulation, deception, friendship between men, suspect, betrayal, rebellion, fictional band, duplicity, rebellious youth ...
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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: gay, surrealism, abandoned house, urination, threesome, mental disorder, coitus, female full frontal nudity, homosexuality, male masturbation, blow job, pubic hair ...
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The Atrocity Exhibition (2000)
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, female nudity, architecture, explicit sex, sex, surrealism, car accident
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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, avant garde, suspense, experimental, twists and turns ...
Plot: puzzle, guilt, memory, missing person, infidelity, delusion, vengeance, amnesia, betrayal, desert, confession, stranded ...
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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, educational film, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: art, painting, artist, legal system, censorship, father daughter relationship, loss of mother, professor, one legged man, sculpture, teacher student relationship, communism ...
Time: year 1948, year 1950, 1940s, 1950s, 50s ...
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, realistic, disturbing, serious
Plot: group of friends, rebellion, violence, protest, politics, rebel, gay interest, revolution, topless woman, male objectification, clothed female naked male, pubic hair ...
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Kharms (2017)
Genre: Biography
Country: Russia, Lithuania, Republic of North Macedonia
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, rough, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: arrested, writer's block, jail, repression, world war two, publisher, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, gulag, poet, jail cell, writers ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s
Place: soviet union, st. petersburg russia
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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, surreal, bleak, avant garde, serious ...
Plot: nihilism, chaos, surrealism, self mutilation, necrophilia, obsession, supernatural, postmodernism, perversion, reincarnation, human nature, gory ...
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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, dark humor, psychological, atmospheric, avant garde ...
Plot: dull life, mystery, confined, isolation, confinement indoors, danger, surrealism, rabbit, chaos, unfulfillment, intrigue, minimalism
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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: atmospheric, serious, surreal, avant garde, experimental ...
Plot: down syndrome, obsession, mental illness, society, social misfits, surrealism, controversy, snail, getting home, misfit, strong sexual content, figment ...
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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, suspense, exciting, captivating
Plot: showdown, warrior, good versus evil, escape, betrayal, villain, danger, fictional war, battles, fight, destruction, monk ...
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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: teacher student romance, gay, cruise, forbidden love, teachers and students, lgbt, sexual relations, in the woods, gay teacher, infatuation, teacher student sex, cruising ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona 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: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, avant garde ...
Plot: gender, transsexual, gays and lesbians, gay, fall in love, introspection, looking for love, couples, misfit, love and romance, love affair, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
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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: realistic, clever, semi serious, avant garde
Plot: hidden identity, uncover truth, cons and scams, fighting the system, legal, filmmaking, reporter, mistaken identity, filmmaker, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tehran iran, iran
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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, atmospheric, surreal, avant garde ...
Plot: switching roles, love and romance, artists and showbiz, friends, tragic love, lovers reunited, celebrity culture, couple relations, husband wife relationship, nun, eccentricity, love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, scotland
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Film Socialism (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, contemplative, atmospheric, avant garde ...
Plot: cruise, politics, parents and children, human nature, family relations, society, state affairs, social differences, ship, parent child relationship, family business, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, palestinian authority, africa, ukraine, greece ...
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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, motorcycle, friendship, on the road, anti heroes, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, biker, marijuana, existentialism, americana ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new orleans, arizona, los angeles, louisiana ...
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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, stylized, realistic, avant garde, contemplative ...
Plot: fall in love, romance, impossible love, love affair, couples, destructive relationship, twentysomething life, lifestyle, losing-it hero, youth, unfulfillment, 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, humorous, semi serious, avant garde, offbeat ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, escapades, animal life, mouse, surrealism, beer, drunkenness, conspiracy, espionage, odd couple, fish, late night ...
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Thinking Speed (2014)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Reader becomes trapped in an evolving autobiography of an executed killer.
Style: avant garde, scary, bleak, disturbing, cult film
Plot: revenge, politics, death, murder, exorcism, parallel universe, superstition, surrealism, urban legend, suburbs, post punk, anti heroine ...
Time: 2010s
Place: chicago illinois, woodstock
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Blood Of The Beast (2003)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: In the year 2012, the 3rd great war comes to an end. The war claims no victors, but both sides succeed in executing their chemical warfare campaigns. The result is over 3 billion deaths. Over ninety-eight percent of the male survivors are rendered ...
Style: avant garde, surreal, experimental, suspense, scary ...
Plot: zombie, paranoia, mass destruction, violence, forest, apocalypse, mass death, surrealism, cloning, group of friends, car, blood ...
Time: 2010s, 2030s, future
Place: usa
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Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 191 min.
Story: A story of love, sex and destiny, by director Julian Hernandez. Youthful Kieri and Ryo share a deep and passionate love for each other. Kieri sets off in search of his soul mate after Ryo is kidnapped. A female spirit is with Kieri as he searches ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, touching, serious, avant garde ...
Plot: gay latino, true love, obsessive quest, afterlife, redemption, legends and myths, hopes, love and romance, erotica, gays and lesbians, sexual fantasy, escapades ...
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House of Boys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Luxembourg, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A glamorous, colourful coming-of-age story that follows the dramatic journey of Frank, a high school kid in 1984 through an exciting world of sex and music, when his deep new passion is suddenly turned into a struggle for courage, facing a new ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sincere, avant garde ...
Plot: gay, male prostitute, gay teenager, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, aids, fall in love, youth, friendship, life is a bitch, bully, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland, morocco
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