Going against the grain of the big Hollywood franchises, independent films are made far from famous studios and, most of the time, on a tight budget. But, many excel in quality and prove that to make a classic you don't need a lot of money. Bula has put together ten copies of low-cost productions that have profited much more than expected and became references, such as “Moonlight: Under the Moonlight” (2016), by Barry Jenkins, which was recorded with only 4 Million dollars and won the Oscar for Best Film in 2017; and “Encontros e Desencontros” (2003), by Sofia Coppola, which had a budget of 4 million dollars; ridiculous values compared to, for example, the most recent superhero features. The titles listed are available in streaming: five on Netflix and five on Amazon Prime Video.
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Juno, a 16-year-old teenager, accidentally becomes pregnant by her best friend, Bleeker. Initially, she decides to have an abortion, but gives up on the idea when she arrives at the clinic. As she knows that she does not have the maturity to raise the baby, she looks in the newspapers for couples who can adopt him after birth. This is how she approaches Vanessa and Mark, a friendly couple with good financial conditions.
Joel and Clementine have tried to make their relationship work for years. Tired of the disagreements, Clementine agrees to undergo an experimental treatment to erase Joel from her memory. Upon discovering what the ex did, Joel decides to go through the same experiment, eliminating all his memories of Clementine. But, after they forget, they meet by chance and fall in love again.
Donnie is a bright and eccentric teenager who attends high school, but despises most of his schoolmates. One night, Donnie sees a giant rabbit, named Frank, who guides him to a golf course. In the morning, Donnie discovers that an airplane turbine crashed at his home during the night. Believing that Frank saved him from an accident, Donnie proceeds to follow all the rabbit's orders.
Leonard Shelby has the house invaded by two thieves. One of them hits his head and the other rapes and kills his wife. Now, due to the blow, he suffers from anterograde amnesia, a disease that prevents him from memorizing the events that just happened. Even with this difficulty, he insists on finding his wife's killer. But the police do not believe Leonard's version of the crime.
Three film students are shooting a documentary about a local legend, that of the Blair Witch. They travel to Burkittsville, Maryland, and interview residents about the witch. The next day, they decide to explore the forest to look for evidence of the existence of the curse. When they try to return home, young people get lost in the jungle and begin to be tormented by a haunt.
The film follows the growth of Chiron, a young black man from a poor Miami community. In addition to being mistreated by his mother, who is a drug user, Chiron is a victim of bullying at school. One day, when he is chased by the boys in the neighborhood, he meets Ruan, one of the local drug lords, who offers him a hiding place. From that day on, Chiron approaches Ruan and sees him as a father.
Frances shares an apartment in New York with her best friend, Sophie. She is a student of a dance company and strives to join the cast of dancers. When her friend decides to move, Frances needs to look for a new place that suits her finances, which are not going well. Even with all the challenges of adulthood, she dreams of a better life and faces difficulties with great joy and lightness.
Jamal Malik is an 18-year-old boy who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, India. He is invited to participate in the Indian version of the TV show “Quem Quer Ser Um Milionário?”, Competing for 20 million rupees. His life experience helps him answer the questions of the show and he becomes a millionaire. But the show host and the police are suspicious of the boy's honesty. To prove his innocence, Jamal tells the police the story of his life.
Bob Harris is a decadent actor who is in Tokyo to shoot an advertising commercial. At the hotel, he meets Charlotte, a young philosopher who is in town accompanying her husband, a photographer for a rock band. Feeling lonely and bored in an unfamiliar city, Bob and Charlotte decide to tour Tokyo together. Over the days, they share their insecurities and frustrations.
Nola Darling is a successful woman and ahead of her time living alone in Brooklyn. She has three boyfriends: James Overstreet, a protective and polite man; Greer Childs, rich and arrogant; and Mars Blackmon, an immature and funny boy. Although she has fun with everyone, Nola is not entirely satisfied with any of her companions and cannot decide which one to stay with.