Released in 1998, the film "Happiness" is a dark comedy-drama that delves into the lives of a group of suburban families and their struggles with relationships, sexuality, and the pursuit of happiness. Directed by Todd Solondz, the movie received critical acclaim for its raw and unapologetic portrayal of taboo topics such as pedophilia, masturbation, and rape. However, it also sparked controversy and outrage among some viewers who found the subject matter too disturbing and offensive.
In 1995, a film called "Underground" was released, directed by Emir Kusturica. This film tells the story of two friends, Marko and Blacky, who become involved in the underground resistance movement during World War II in Yugoslavia. The film explores themes of war, politics, and love, all while using surrealistic and absurd elements to create a unique cinematic experience.
In 2001, the world was introduced to a heartwarming movie that touched the hearts of millions - "I Am Sam". The film, directed by Jessie Nelson, centers around the story of a mentally challenged man named Sam (played by Sean Penn) who fights for custody of his daughter Lucy (played by Dakota Fanning) after her mother abandons her. The movie's touching portrayal of a father's love for his child and the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs struck a chord with audiences worldwide.