|A still from the Dardenne Brothers' film "The Unknown Girl."|
One of these conventions is the appearance of the “Beast of individuation,” a person who compels the heroic personality to confront their wounds. He or she signals a return to the past, always a dangerous enterprise in which the hero enters a temporary state of confusion. The past and the present co-exist. Not every hero survives and some quests end in despair or madness. Regardless of the outcome, heroic personalities seek a conscious existence and are therefore singular—and inspiring. My list of “2017 Best Quest Films of the Year” is not one filled with stories of knights in shining armor, but rather of tales of protagonists who undertake a quest for meaning.
And, there are 13, in alphabetical order.
|A still from Edoardo De Angelis's "Indivisible."|
A Woman, A Part: Facebook post, March 21st
Felicite (Director Interview): http://www.filmjournal.com/features/mothers-quest-alain-gomis-f%C3%A9licit%C3%A9-chronicles-african-womans-drive-save-her-son
Future Perfect: Facebook Post, March 14th; L’Ultima Parola, http://mariagarciawriter.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-directorsnew-films-2017.html
Indivisible: See Facebook post, May 30th (Director interview appears in Fall 2017 issue of Ambassador Magazine)
|A still from Paolo Virzi's "Like Crazy."|
Menashe: Facebook Post, July 24th
No Dress Code Required (Director Interview): http://www.filmjournal.com/no-dress-code-required-follows-quest-two-men-marry-mexicali
Polina: Facebook Post, August 23rd
The Unknown Girl (Director Interview): http://www.filmjournal.com/features/search-dardenne-brothers-unknown-girl-revisits-their-theme-ordinary-people-facing-moral
This Time Tomorrow: http://www.filmjournal.com/features/mothers-quest-alain-gomis-f%C3%A9licit%C3%A9-chronicles-african-womans-drive-save-her-son
Patti Cakes (Director Interview): http://www.filmjournal.com/features/rap-goddess-danielle-macdonald-delivers-breakout-performance-geremy-jaspers-patti-cake
White Sun (Director Interview): http://www.filmjournal.com/features/rite-passage-deepak-rauniyar-nepal-set-drama-white-sun-blends-personal-and-political