Bula brought together in a list 15 remarkable films, released in the 21st century, which are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, the most popular streaming services in Brazil. The chosen films received good evaluations from specialized critics and are considered great works of recent cinema. Among those selected are the psychological thriller “O Sacrifico del Cervo Sagrado” (2018), by Yórgos Lánthimos; the metaphorical “Fountain of Life” (2006), by Darren Aronofsky; and the drama “Mais Uma Chance” (2018), directed by Tamara Jenkins. The titles are organized according to the year of launch and do not follow classification criteria.
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Friends Kyle and Swin accidentally enter the drug trade. Under orders from Frog, the big boss they never got to see, Kyle and Swin traffick to various southern states. One day, a mess gets in the way of an important delivery, leading to an accidental murder. Knowing that they will be blamed for what happened, the two flee and try to protect themselves. Meanwhile, Frog does everything he can to find them.
In a small fishing village in Maine, sisters Mary Beth and Priscilla live. As teenagers, they have just lost their mother and have to assume the household debt alone. Outraged, Mary goes out to drink and ends up being attacked by an unknown man. She murders him in self-defense and asks Priscilla for help in hiding the body. The pair tries to get rid of the corpse without leaving a trace, but the crime does not go unnoticed by the other residents of the village.
Steven is a married cardiologist and father of two children. He is highly regarded in his field, but he is actually an alcoholic. When a patient dies during surgery performed by him, Steven decides to approach the man's son, Martin, 16. He starts to present the boy and presents him to the whole family. But when Martin realizes he is being left out, he devises a plan for revenge against the doctor.
During holidays in the Swiss Alps, a family is surprised by a snow slide that approaches the hotel where they are sheltered. Blinded by despair, his father, Tomás, reacts impulsively and runs away from the place. When the danger passes, Tomás returns to the hotel. But now, his wife is outraged by his attitude, claiming that he left the family in a moment of desperation.
The widow Diane Després is surprised by the news that her son, Steve, was expelled from the reformatory for setting fire to the local cafeteria, causing a boy to burn. Diane receives her son back at home and faces difficulties due to Steve's hyperactivity, which often becomes aggressive. But the arrival of the new neighbor, Kyla, brings joy to Diane and Steve's life.
Lucas has just filed for his divorce. He gets a job at a daycare center, is starting a new relationship and intends to reconnect with his son, who will come to visit him at Christmas. But everything changes when Klara, a five-year-old student, makes a sexual abuse charge against Lucas. The girl, in fact, has no idea of the seriousness of what she is saying, and the whole community turns against Lucas.
Coller is a soldier who is part of a secret government project. He is able to transport himself to another body, of someone who has died, for the last eight minutes before the person's death. Now, his mission is to enter the body of one of the victims of a terrorist attack that blew up a train in Chicago and try to discover the perpetrator, as a new attack is being planned. But Coller ends up falling in love with one of the passengers on the train.
Benjamin Esposito retires from the position of bailiff and decides to write a book. His inspiration is a tragic story, which he witnessed in 1974. At the time, the department where he worked was assigned to investigate the rape and the ensuing murder of a young woman. On his journey, Benjamin meets the victim's husband and promises to help him find the culprit.
While hunting deer, Llewelyn Moss finds a drug dealer dead in the Texas desert. So, he takes with him a large amount of money that was with the boy. In search of the lost amount, the ruthless murderer Chigurh begins to pursue Moss. However, to capture him, he will have to face the city sheriff, who is also looking for Moss. The film is based on the eponymous book by Cormac McCarthy.
Scientist Tommy Creo relentlessly seeks to exterminate cancer, a disease from which his wife, Izzy, suffers. The chance for success comes when your team of researchers finds a tree that can help with healing. At the same time, in his last days of life, Izzy writes a book about the Spanish navigator Tomas Creo, who left for the New World in search of the tree of life, mentioned in the Bible, in the 16th century.
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.
A couple in their 40s tries to get pregnant in several ways. Without success, they undergo successive fertilization. When resources and options seem to come to an end, the arrival of a niece renews the hopes of the couple, who decide to try again. In addition, they need to take care of their own relationship, which is shaken in the midst of so many events.
In the 1950s, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned stylist who works alongside his sister, Cyril, to dress up big names in the British elite. His inspiration comes from women who constantly enter and leave his life. But everything changes when he meets the intelligent waitress Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Despite loving Woodcock, Alma does not accept his systematic and aggressive way.
The CEO of a powerful company informs the world that a new animal species has been discovered in Chile, the “super pig”. To present it to the world, the company sends 26 of the animals to different countries, where they must remain for ten years. After the end of this period, they will be taken to New York. The young Mija grew up next to Okja, the super pig raised by her grandfather, and is determined to do everything so that the animal is not taken from them.
The film is set in 2027, when infertility is a real threat to civilization. Women can no longer conceive and the last human to be born has just died at the age of 18. In this scenario, one finds Theodore, a disillusioned and pessimistic ex-activist who lives in London. His ex-wife, leader of a human rights group, asks him to lead the mission that can save humanity: protect a young woman who is miraculously pregnant.