10 Indie Comedies That Will Spark Your Passion For Life

We all need a little reassuring from time to time, and one of the best forms of fiction to do this is the medium of film. This time here are 10 indie comedies that will spark your passion for life and your imagination. Also, make you want to live your life to the fullest. Let’s begin!

The Angels’ Share

Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Along with three friends, he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives — not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.

The Lobster

Hilarious and utterly unmissable, “The Lobster” is a darkly funny love story set in a near future where finding love is a matter of life or death… According to the rules of The City, single people are arrested and then transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate man (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

Force Majeure

The sun is beaming and the ski slopes are spectacular for Tomas, his wife Ebba and their two children. However, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant an avalanche suddenly bears down upon the happy diners. As the wall of snow gets ever closer, Tomas makes a split-second decision in a moment of panic that will engulf and shake his relationship with his wife and children and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as the family patriarch.

Calvary

A good man intent on making the world a better place, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. One day his life is threatened during confession. He shrugs off the altercation and continues to perform his pastoral duties, trying as best he can to help his parishioners. Soon, however, the sinister and troubling undercurrents he has tried to ignore start to make their presence felt more keenly, and as the forces of darkness close in around him he begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this is the wonderful and unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. A big celebration for his 100th birthday is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested. Instead, he climbs out of a window and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey — involving a gang of criminals, murderers, a suitcase stuffed with cash, an elephant and an incompetent policeman. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life back-story. Not only has Allan witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them, including the invention of the atomic bomb and sharing meals and more with everyone from U.S. presidents to Russian tyrants. For a hundred years, Allan Karlsson rattled the world, and now he’s on the loose again…

Hector And the Search for Happiness

Hector (Simon Pegg) is an eccentric yet loveable psychiatrist who finds himself at a crossroads in life; his patients just aren’t getting any happier and his life is going nowhere. Feeling trapped between his mundane daily routine and his neurotic girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), Hector decides to break away from his sheltered London life and go on a global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists. Along the way he meets friends old and new, learning valuable lessons on his journey of self-discovery that proves equal parts dangerous, exotic and hilarious.

Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig gives a glowing performance as Frances, a twenty-something woman living in New York, who dreams of being a dancer and, despite the obstacles that stand in her way, lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness.

The Guard

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a rebellious sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in international cocaine smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. However, when his enthusiastic new partner disappears, his favourite hooker attempts to blackmail him and the drug-traffickers themselves try to buy him off, sergeant Boyle finally realises that he needs to take matters into his own hands.

Robot and Frank

Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown children who are concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man’s wishes his son buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. Slowly, and with a fair bit of reluctance, Frank begins to accept his new digital companion, seeing an opportunity to use Robot’s unique skills to try their luck as a heist team.

Volver

Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and her sister Sole (Lola Duenas) are visited by the apparition of their Mother (Carmen Maura), who has returned to reconcile with her daughters and resolve an issue that has haunted the family since her death. In Pedro Almodovar’s latest critically-acclaimed film, the living and deceased co-exist without discord, creating a filmic experience which is at once hilarious and yet filled with a deep, genuine emotion. VOLVER is a film about life in Almodovar’s native La Mancha; a film about the way the presence of the dead continues to add richness and humanity to the lives of those they leave behind.

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