Spending two hours with one person is a stretch, unless the other person has double Ds. So imagine the genius that it will require for a director to limit a movie with only two major characters and have the two occupy 95% of the screen time and have the audience stick with the movie the entire time.
Here are some of the movies that were able to accomplish this difficult task.
What would you add to the list?
10. Before Sunrise and After Sunset
Much of the film was an improv of the two leads, Ethank Hawk and Julie Delpy. The story is about these two strangers who only had one day to spend with each other before going their separate ways and not see each other again. Needless to say, there is some sexual/romantic tension between them. This leads the two to reveal more about each other because they feel completely safe. The movie was reported to not have a solid script. Instead, the characters were given “guides” on what to talk about. That is why it seemed so real. They did come together after Hawk’s separation with ex wife Uma Thurman.
9. The Blair Witch Project
This is the movie that brought “raw” film making to mainstream. With less than $200,000 for the whole production, the actors were given situations and were just required to improv the scenes. There were times when they would be waken up at odd hours and rushed to do a certain scene. It worked since the actor’s raw emotions were communicated to the camera, confusion, stress and all.
The story focused on the three characters getting lost in the woods to film their documentary about the Blairwitch legend.
8. The Others
Spoiler Alert: A mother lives with her two kids who are allergic to sunlight. They also fear that their house is haunted by ghosts only to later realize that they are the ghosts in the house.
There are only four other characters with significant roles in the story. The twist is reminiscent of the 6th Sense twist but still good.
Kathy Bates played the role of an obsessed fan who holds his favorite author hostage until he finishes his novel. Kathy Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Annie Wilkes.
For most of the movie, it was just Kates and James Caan (the author). So you could just imagine the weight on Bates’ and Caan’s shoulders to rely on nothing but their acting and dynamic to keep the audience’s attention.
6. Paranormal Activity
Paranormal picked up where Blairwitch left off. It’s a brilliant movie with only two characters and a paranormal entity we never saw anytime in the movie.
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