2022 10 Best Hidden Gems of 2022: Movies Films

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10 Best Hidden Gems of 2022 (So Far…)


2022 has been an exceptional year for movies, with a plethora of impressive and exciting films capturing the attention of audiences. From high-octane blockbusters like “Top Gun: Maverick” to thought-provoking indie films like “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” this year has been a treasure trove for cinephiles. However, amidst the well-known releases, there are several hidden gems that have not received the recognition they truly deserve. In this article, we will explore the 10 best hidden gems of 2022 so far, exploring their artistic creativity, filmmaking prowess, and the critical and commercial success they have yet to claim.

10. “Ali & Ava” – A Bradford-Based Romance

Directed by Clio Bernard and starring Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, and Natalie Gavin, “Ali & Ava” presents a poignant story that beautifully captures tenderness and raw human connection. Set in working-class England, the film follows two protagonists, Ali and Ava, as they navigate the challenges of their everyday lives. Despite their contrasting circumstances, the characters learn from one another, forging a path towards healing and growth. “Ali & Ava” carries an optimistic message about the significance of relationships in our individual journeys.

9. “Official Competition” – A Satirical Take on Prestige

Directed by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, “Official Competition” showcases the comedic brilliance of Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. The film revolves around the cast and crew of a prestigious production, deftly satirizing the superficial nature of film festivals and the pursuit of artistic prestige. Its witty dialogue, layered with multiple meanings, adds a rich subtext that elevates the comedy to a whole new level. “Official Competition” may not receive the awards it playfully mocks, but its sharp commentary deserves recognition.

8. “Crimes of the Future” – Cronenberg’s Cinematic Comeback

Directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart, “Crimes of the Future” marks a triumphant return for the acclaimed filmmaker. This dystopian sci-fi film immerses viewers in a world where humans can alter their internal organs to adapt to a synthetic environment. As the story unfolds, uncovering disturbing secrets and unveiling a slow-burning mystery, audiences are treated to Cronenberg’s trademark body horror and unsettling imagery. “Crimes of the Future” offers a unique and captivating cinematic experience.

7. “The Outfit” – A Thrilling Confinement

Directed by Graham Moore and featuring Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, and Dylan O’Brien, “The Outfit” takes the concept of a confined thriller to new heights. The entire film is set within an old tailor’s shop on London’s Savile Row, where Mr. Burling unexpectedly finds himself entangled with dangerous gangsters. The tension escalates as Burling becomes embroiled in a deadly game of deceit. With unpredictable twists and a tight runtime, “The Outfit” delivers an exhilarating and sophisticated viewing experience.

6. “Pleasure” – A Raw Exposé on the Adult Film Industry

“Pleasure,” directed by Nynja Thyberg, presents an honest and unflinching portrayal of the adult film industry. While not suitable for all audiences, the film showcases remarkable raw humanity through its exploration of the journey of a young woman named Belly Cherry. Leaving her hometown in Sweden for Los Angeles, Belly is confronted with the corruption and toxicity that permeate the industry. “Pleasure” serves as a scathing condemnation of media exploitation and misogyny, making it one of the most important films of the year.

5. “All My Friends Hate Me” – A Chilling Social Anxiety

With an ineffable sense of dread, “All My Friends Hate Me” resonates with audiences in its depiction of social anxiety. The film follows Pete, a recent university graduate, as he navigates his own birthday weekend at an old English manor. Pete’s struggle to fit in among his friends’ celebrations creates a comedy of errors that simultaneously serves as a chilling reflection of reality. This film is both lighthearted entertainment and a profound exploration of the pressures to conform.

4. “Navalny” – Unveiling Truth and Corruption

‘Navalny’ is a compelling documentary directed by Daniel Roher,