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Movies about Incest

Incest has always been one of them major taboos of human culture, and has inspired many authors, starting from Sophocles with “Oedipus Rex”. Filmmakers from all over the world have directed an array of movies about incest, from obsessive and titillating 70s erotic films to the ones directed by great European directors like Pasolini, Bertolucci, Malle and Polanski. Titles can be arranged according to rating.

From the typical mother-child relationship to the murky sibling bond

Even though in the Howard Hawks’ gangster movie Scarface there already is a morbid relationship between the protagonist and his sister, it is in the ‘60s that this issue begins to appear on the screen. Among the various films of that period, two of Luchino Visconti’s works stand out (Sandra and The Damned) and Funeral Parade of Roses, a bizarre Japanese work by Toshio Matsumoto, which anticipates and exacerbates queer iconography.

Great authors and cheap erotic films

In the following decade the most relevant titles are Murmur of the Heart by Louis Malle (emotional and sexual education of a teenager, who was too close to his mother), the ingenious noir Chinatown by Polansky and La Luna by Bernardo Bertolucci (who had already approached this issue in the previous film Before the Revolution). All three of these films can be included among the ‘best films about incest ever’. Without giving away too much on the plots, it is enough to know that in the mentioned works, the dirty issue has been addressed in all of its interpretations: ambiguous maternal relationships, deviant love relationship between brother and sister and paternal abuses. In many cases they are thrillers, (sometimes even horrors) in which the issue means to introduce a component of transgression in the story. And the results? Let’s say it depends on the author: as in the case of Chinatown or Obsession, directed by Brian de Palma, the unhealthy shades contribute to increasing the tension. In the ‘80s among many modest erotic productions, two great authors make a contribution: Marco Ferreri directs The Story of Piera while Pedro Almodovar signs Law of Desire, a powerful melodrama in line with his first scandalous work. On the threshold of the new millennium, the most deflagrating not-to-be-missed title is The Celebration by Thomas Vinterberg, in which the roughness of incest is intertwined with the atrocity of pedophilia.

The most recent films about incest: in 2017 “Beyond Brotherhood”

Regarding recent films about incest, Marguerite & Julien is a passionate and conscious love story between a brother and a sister, a bond that is also at the heart of the murky Maps to the Stars. Miss Violence is a family drama about unspeakable psychological violence. A Cure for Wellness is a suggestive thriller-horror directed by the skilled Gore Verbinski: the story is set in an old house in the Swiss Alps, where years ago, a Baron obsessed with the purity of the race wanted to generate a superior lineage by copulating with his sister.

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2017

Beyond Brotherhood

Mas que hermanos

  • 8,0

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2017

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

  • 7,5

Incest

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2016

Ilegitim

Ilegitim

  • 7,0

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2015

Marguerite & Julien

Marguerite et Julien

  • 5,5

Incest

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2014

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

  • 6,5

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2014

Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic

  • 6,0

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2013

Miss Violence

Miss Violence

  • 7,0

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2013

Esterno Sera

Esterno Sera

  • 5,5

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2012

She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing

Elle ne pleure pas, elle chante

  • 6,0

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2012

Madame Solario

Madame Solario

  • -

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2012

Shameless

Bez wstydu

  • 5,7

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2012

Still Life

Stillleben

  • 6,5

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2011

The Woman

The Woman

  • 6,0

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2011

Drifters

Gli sfiorati

  • 6,0

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2010

Jessicka Rabid

Jessicka Rabid

  • 4,0

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2010

Incendies

Incendies

  • 7,5

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2010

Womb

Womb

  • 6,0

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2009

When Heaven Falls

Himlen falder

  • 5,5

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2009

From Beginning to End

Do Começo ao Fim

  • 7,0

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2009

Precious

Precious

  • 7,0

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2009

Slice

เฉือน

  • 6,7

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2009

How to Draw a Perfect Circle

Como Desenhar um Círculo Perfeito

  • 6,0

Incest

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2009

Beautiful Kate

Beautiful Kate

  • 6,5

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2009

Dogtooth

Κυνόδοντας

  • 7,0

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2009

Daniel & Ana

Daniel & Ana

  • 6,3

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2008

Delta

Delta

  • 6,5

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2008

Service

Serbis

  • 6,0

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2007

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

  • 6,5

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2007

Savage Grace

Savage Grace

  • 6,0

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2006

Andersen. Life Without Love

Andersen. Zhizn bez Lyubvi

  • 6,0

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2006

The Beautiful Beast

La belle bête

  • 6,0

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2006

Torn Apart

La coupure

  • 6,0

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2006

2:37

2:37

  • 7,0

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2006

Love Sick

Legături bolnăvicioase

  • 7,0

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2006

My Son

Mon fils à Moi

  • 7,0

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2005

Strange Circus

奇妙なサーカス

  • 7,0

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2005

The Quiet

The Quiet

  • 6,0

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2005

Sangue - La morte non esiste

Sangue - La morte non esiste

  • 5,0

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2005

Gemini

Géminis

  • 5,5

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2005

Starcrossed

Starcrossed

  • 7,0

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2005

Don't Tell

La bestia nel cuore

  • 5,5

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2005

Accused

Anklaget

  • 7,0

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2004

Ma Mère

Ma mère

  • 5,0

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2004

Red Cockroaches

Red Cockroaches

  • 5,0

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2003

Oldboy

올드보이

  • 8,0

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2003

The Dreamers

The Dreamers

  • 7,0

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2002

The Sea

Hafið

  • 7,0

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2001

Rieke's Love

Riekes Liebe

  • -

Incest

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2001

To the Left of the Father

Lavoura Arcaica

  • 7,3

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2001

Inugami

狗神

  • 6,0

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