Euroshlock refers to a number of European arthouse films built around depictions of transgressive material that may shock and/or offend audiences. Often there is explicit sexual content (generally female
may also appear. The content of these films may be maudlin in tone and have the unfortunate message
that "depraved" sex will lead to misery and death.
Gaspar Noe, Lars Von Trier, Michael Haneke, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Catherine Breillat are names associated with these films. France and Italy are also associated with the genre. Early example of this trope can be found in the 70s with Pier's Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom
, Thierry Zeno's Vase de Noces
, Dusan Makavejev
's Sweet Movie
and Bernardo Bertolucci
's Last Tango in Paris
. It has seen a resurgence in the 2000s.
Films associated with this genre:
- Caligula, of course. The writer was American, the director, setting and filming-location Italian, and the actors British.
Tropes common to these films: