Showbiz is all about controversy and we love it so here are the five most controversial movies of all time
I Love You Daddy (2017)
“I Love You Daddy,” directed by Louis C.K., was one of the more divisive films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival due to its divisive storyline in which a 17-year-old girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) begins a relationship with a much older director (John Malkovich) who has been accused by the media of being a pedophile. The age gap at the center of the narrative originally drew attention, but “I Love You Daddy” became embroiled in even more controversy after C.K. acknowledged sexual misbehavior, including a history of masturbating in front of female comics. As a result, The Orchard, the film’s distributor, withdrew the film from distribution only a week before its premiere. “I Love You, Daddy” never saw the light of day.
Mektoub My Love (2017, 2019)
Abdellatif Kechiche followed one contentious film (see “Blue Is the Warmest Color” above) with another, “Mektoub My Love,” which was released in two parts (the first debuted at Venice 2017, the second at Cannes 2019). Both films sparked debate due to Kechiche’s masculine gaze, which encouraged his actresses to add gratuitous views of their bodies. “Mektoub,” like “Blue,” included numerous explicit sexual activities (one oral sex scene lasts over 15 minutes), and not all of them were reportedly conducted with consent. According to one on-set source, Kechiche went to unacceptable measures to guarantee his performers consented to un-simulated sex scenes, including providing them with booze. Neither of the two movies was ever released on the US Cinema Circuit.
With “mother!”, Darren Aronofsky played a quick one on Jennifer Lawrence fans, becoming one of the 2017 fall movie season’s most contentious films the minute it globes opened at the Venice Film Festival. The last 20 minutes of the film tried to replay all of human history within the confines of a single house, culminating in one of the decade’s most divisive moments. The backlash was also generated by the film’s depiction of Jennifer Lawrence’s violent treatment (constantly beaten and kicked). The film’s poster, which featured Lawrence’s injured face, was severely panned for using violence against women to promote the film.
Any ranking of the most divisive films must contain at least one Lars von Trier picture (this one includes two). The filmmaker began the decade with the Cannes controversy surrounding “Melancholia” (he made Nazism and Adolf Hitler jokes at a press conference), but his sexual epic “Nymphomaniac” proved considerably more contentious as a picture. “Nymphomaniac,” which was released in two parts, drew criticism for a succession of real sex scenes and one brutal abortion scenario that caused some spectators to faint at the Berlin Film Festival.
A Serbian Film” (2010)
After a decade of debate, Sran Tsasojevic’s “Serbian Film” drama began its development as one of the most violent and rebellious movies ever created. The plot focuses on a porn celebrity who agrees to act in a new art film to make money, but in the final analysis, the film is a snuff film featuring pedophile and necrophiliac stories. There is nothing beyond the limit in “The Serbian Film,” pornography and necrophilia, rape, and child sexual assault. The most horrible moment of the teen years is a scene in which a newborn infant is raped.