To date, he has released nine films, of which his first four were in French and the rest in English.
His early films, which were in French, were heavily formalized and sometimes relied on surrealism like David Lynch’s films. But when Villeneuve switched to directing films in English, he also changed his old style.
With his unique characteristics as a filmmaker, Villeneuve is trusted to direct the film based on the legendary sci-fi novel, Dune , which is slated for release at the end of this year. But before watching Dune , it would be nice to watch the previous Villeneuve movies. Let’s look at the list below.
Polytechnique is a film based on a true event, namely the shooting incident that took place at a college in Quebec. Like most fictional films based on real events, Polytechnique focuses on the psychological effects of these events on the people involved.
Polytechnique was a turning point in Villeneuve’s career, where he was finally able to make a film of appropriate complexity but still elegant. As viewers, we will be taken in such a way that we feel “present” in the film. Sometimes, we are also invited to participate in analyzing and contemplating the plot in it.
The elegant design in this film is Villenueve’s solution to a dilemma in the cinematic world, especially films based on real events. No wonder the Polytechnique was awarded more than a dozen Genie Awards .
Incendies is Villeneuve’s last French language film. Incendies itself tells of a pair of twin brothers who try to unravel the mystery in their mother’s life after reading her will. In this film, Villeneuve employs the boldest and most influential non-linear narrative of his career.
Like the Norwegian cultural crossover in one of his early films, Maelstrom , Villeneuve also uses 21st century cultural mixing as a common thread in this film. The twisting complexity of the story also works well because of the artistic influence that Villeneuve brings to the narrative arrangement.
Wajdi Mouawad, a Lebanese-Canadian playwright , once said, “I was deeply moved by [Villeneuve’s] elegant and brilliant manner. In the midst of the frenzy of Incendies narrative , Villeneuve was consistently able to draw on its theatrical roots and I am very grateful to him.” for that.”
The plot of the film follows the story of a history professor who meets his doppelgänger, who begins to lead him on a strange series of events. Regarding Enemy’s own source , namely the novel The Double by José Saramago, Villeneuve explained that the film is different from the novel.
According to Villeneuve, Enemy is not a direct adaptation of The Double as he has turned the story into his own version. As seen in the trailer , the surrealism in this film itself is very thick.
But in Enemy , this surrealism is darker, heavy, and opaque than Villeneuve’s early films. From the first scene to the last, Enemy continues to refuse to rely on realism. Therefore, those of you who have just watched this film will definitely be confused by the plot and implicit symbols from the beginning to the end of the film.
Released the same year as Enemy , the story of Prisoners begins with the kidnapping of two small children playing near their house.
In the process, this kidnapping brings out the dark side of almost everyone involved, especially when Franklin Birch’s son (Terrence Howard) manages to return but Keller Dover’s son (Hugh Jackman) remains missing.
Prisoners is Villeneuve’s high-tension linear film and the first film he directed without writing his own script. In some ways, particularly in the plot twists , Prisoners feels like David Fincher’s early films like Se7en and The Game .
Through this film, Villeneuve managed to create an emotional realism with pseudo-occult elements in it.