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May 3, 2012 12:51 PM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This May

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May is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers, with over 30 films listed on Indiewire's May calendar.

As an extension of our recent summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the first of four monthly summer "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer.

From runaway teens to vibrators to Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, check out Indiewire's picks for your 10 best options, and then check out May's full calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.

1. Moonrise Kingdom  (May 25)

Director: Wes Anderson
Distributor: Focus Features

Why is it a "Must See"? Wes Anderson! The director follows 2009's animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox" with both return to live action and to the youth-oriented narratives that made so many fall in love with his earlier work.

Set in the 1960s, "Moonrise Kingdom" follows a pair of 12-year-olds (newcomers Jared Hayward and Kara Gilman) who decide to run away into the wildnerness. Their move prompts a considerable search party in their honor made up of the rest of the film's amazing cast (Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand... though notably, not Owen Wilson for the first time in Anderson history). The film opens the Cannes Film Festival om May 16th, followed quickly by a release Stateside. It's surely the most anticipated films of the summer for Anderson fans, and probably a few Anderson skeptics as well.

Check out the film's trailer:

2. The Intouchables (May 25)

Directors: Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Why is it a "Must See"? Already the second highest-grossing non-English language film ever (behind "The Passion of the Christ"), Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano's "The Intouchables" has been a remarkable sensation all of the world, grossing over $325 million. So what will that translate into when the film comes to America? Je ne sais pas. But it's easy to see why people have already taken to the film's feel-good inspirational story. It tells the development of the improbable friendship between Philippe, a rich quadriplegic, and Driss, a young offender of Senegalese descent, who is hired as his live-in caregiver. Sounds a little "Driving Monsieur Daisy," sure... But that hasn't stopped the rest of the world from embracing it.

Check out the film's trailer:

3. Hysteria (May 18)

Director: Tanya Wexler
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? A romantic comedy set around the invention of the vibrator, this Victorian-era film from director Tanya Wexler ("Finding North") definitely offers a premise unique to its studio rom-com comrades. With a cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, this historical sex romp is a lot of good, old-fashioned saucy fun.

Check out the film's trailer:

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3 Comments

  • Steve Wallace | May 5, 2012 3:11 PMReply

    these...are not indie movies.

  • charliek04 | May 4, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    who came up with this list?

  • anamul | May 3, 2012 11:45 PMReply

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