Bad Vacations

Bad Vacations

9 Episodes

Wishing you could get away this summer? This collection of some of cinema’s most memorably disastrous trips will have you reconsidering the comforts of home. Dreaming of the crystal blue waters of the French Riviera? The existential ennui of Eric Rohmer’s LA COLLECTIONNEUSE should set you straight. Pining for romance under the Italian sun? Just see how it works out for the tourists in Paul Schrader’s THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS. And then there’s the terror of a camping excursion gone wrong in the Ozploitation shocker LONG WEEKEND and the dread-inducing psychological torpor of a dysfunctional family getaway in Lucrecia Martel’s LA CIÉNAGA. Finally, whatever you do, take a lesson from HOUSE and do not, under any circumstances, visit your witchy aunt’s possessed, people-munching domicile . . .

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Bad Vacations
  • Bad Vacations Teaser

    Episode 1

  • La collectionneuse

    Episode 2

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1967 • France

    A bombastic, womanizing art dealer and his painter friend go to a seventeenth-century villa on the Riviera for a relaxing summer getaway. But their idyll is disturbed by the presence of the bohemian Haydée, accused of being a "collector" of men. Rohmer's f...

  • House

    Episode 3

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan
    Starring Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba

    How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (HAUSU)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of “Scooby-Doo” as directed by Mario Bava? Any...

  • Long Weekend

    Episode 4

    Directed by Colin Eggleston • 1978 • Australia
    Starring John Hargreaves, Briony Behets

    Nature fights back in a tense, terrifying Ozploitation classic with an urgent ecological message. Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a...

  • The Green Ray

    Episode 5

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1986 • France

    While on summer vacation, a lonely woman attempts to deal with her personal feelings of isolation.

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    Episode 6

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1990 • United States
    Starring Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson

    Two couples are drawn into a dark psychosexual vortex in Paul Schrader’s stylish take on the erotic thriller. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are a British couple hoping to repa...

  • Funny Games

    Episode 7

    Directed by Michael Haneke • 1997 • Austria
    Starring Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch

    Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, FUNNY GAMES spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. ...

  • La Ciénaga

    Episode 8

    Directed by Lucrecia Martel • 2001 • Argentina, Spain
    Starring Martín Adjemián, Diego Baenas, Leonora Balcarce

    The release of Lucrecia Martel’s LA CIÉNAGA heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beaut...

  • Fat Girl

    Episode 9

    Directed by Catherine Breillat • 2001 • France, Italy
    Starring Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo

    Twelve-year-old Anaïs is fat. Her sister, fifteen-year-old Elena, is a beauty. While the girls are on vacation with their parents, Anaïs tags along as Elena explores the dreary seaside ...