Incest is a controversial subject, but art doesn't exist to cater to our sense of decency or wholesomeness. Incest, being great taboo, has been taken on by many directors and writers, in order to shock audiences and ask serious questions about the nature of familial and sexual relationships. Depictions of incest in movies run a wide gamut, but always ask audiences to consider uncomfortable truths.
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There are dozens upon dozens of films with incest plots, from Hollywood classics like Chinatown to indie hits like The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Yet no one does incest like the provocateurs of world cinema, and in particular, the Europeans. Foreign movies about incest handle the subject in myriad ways, from harrowing depictions of sexual abuse within families and the denial that follows to oddly touching portrayals. Watching films like Oldboy and Murmur of the Heart, we question whether incest is okay, or at the very least understandable and forgivable contingent upon circumstance.
That said, some incest films have been referred to as “the most f*cked up films” ever, some nothing more than a litany of increasingly absurd of offensive scenes. In other instances, real life relatives have played sexually inappropriate characters on film. Check out the best foreign films about incest below. You probably don’t want to watch them with your parents in the room. Unless... maybe you do? Collection Photo: HBO