Volunteer recluses: 8 films about those who feel good at home

“Let’s go for a walk!” – this call, familiar from childhood, is now working worse and worse. Innovative technologies have developed in modern people the tendency to spend their free time at home. There are convenient services for shopping, you can watch new movies online or play computer games for hours. But there are good reasons why they become homebodies, and our selection includes films about such recluses.

Quiet Passion (2016)

British biographical drama tells the story of the talented Emily Dickinson, who lived in the 19th century. The wayward girl reveals her creative potential over the years, but her penchant for versification leaves a special imprint on the future fate of the young poetess. When forbidden love is on one side of the scale , and duty to the church and society is on the other, Emily has to make a difficult choice.

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Original title:
A Quiet Passion

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Emma Bell …

Country:
UK, Belgium, USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5


French Guy Rules of Life (2013)

A European film about a homebody is an incendiary comedy that can cheer you up from the first minutes of viewing. Sebastian adheres to his own philosophy of life, trying not to strain, enjoy the simplest things and not leave the couch for a long time. The guy is a professional lazybones living on government benefits. Sebastian is not going to change his lifestyle, but his flatmates decide to re-educate the slacker.

Original title:  
Libre et assoupi

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Baptiste Lecaplain, Charlotte Le Bon, Felix Moati …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Vicious circle (2010)

Wealthy heiress Abigail became a self-imposed recluse many years ago, not wanting to leave the apartment. The woman communicates through notes with the concierge and Dr. Fontaine, a trusted attorney. Abigail avoided people for years, but she will have to face her own fears again after a mysterious murder. A brutal crime has been committed in the apartment opposite, and a persistent detective draws an unsociable woman into the investigation .

Original title:
Columbus Circle

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Kevin Pollak …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Rabbit and bull (2009)

The plot of the film revolves around Stephen, who is stuck in four walls after a trip with a friend in Europe. Travel to Spain turns into the death of a best friend in a bullfight. Stephen realizes that it was he who pushed his friend to the fatal decision to fight the bull, and since then the fear of the outside world has firmly settled in the head of the guy who became a recluse involuntarily.

Original title:
Bunny and the Bull

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegi …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7


Robinson on the Moon (2009)

The financial crisis pushes Kim to a desperate act – and the man jumps into the river with a strong current. The suicide hoped for an easy death, but the wave throws the loser onto a tiny island. Kim finds herself a hermit isolated from humanity in the heart of a bustling metropolis. No one notices the calls for help, and the poor fellow has to fight for life in new conditions.

Original title:  
Kimssi pyoryugi

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Jung Jae-young, Jung Ryo-won, Pak Yong-so …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:  
12+


Tom in Love (2000)

Agoraphobe settles in virtual reality to forget about the fear of open space. Tom does not leave his own apartment, entrusting control of payments to a reliable insurance company. The alternate world has everything he needs, but the homebody left out an important detail. When love embraces the heart, the reality beyond the threshold of the house can seem very tempting.

Original title:
Thomas est amoureux

Genre:
Fiction, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Beno Veraer, Eileen Yay, Megali Pinglo …

Country:
Belgium, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Imitator (1995)

A maniac is operating in San Francisco , exactly repeating the crimes committed by serial killers. The detectives turn to Dr. Helen Hudson for help, but the psychologist refuses to take part in the investigation. Once a woman was attacked by a serial killer, after which she suffers from agoraphobia. When Helen realizes that the perpetrator is acting according to the order in which the maniacs are described in her lectures, she decides to help the police .

Original title:
Copycat

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detectives

Actors:
Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Nerves on edge (1992)

A funny comedy with an unusual plot completes the list of films about homebodies. Thane Furrows is a children’s book author, a lonely recluse who gets annoyed by everything. A load of problems is pressing on a man, and the approaching deadline only exacerbates the situation. Under the influence of depression, the writer constantly talks about the desire to leave this world in order to go to heaven. Once Death responds to his call, but Thane is not ready for such an acquaintance.

Original title:
High Strung

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Steve Oedekerk, Thomas F. Wilson, Denise Crosby …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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