Bonjour everyone and if it’s evening or night when you’re reading Bonsoir.
I study psychology, I do and I know how much people love psychology.
Whether you like to admit it or not, psychological shows be it thrillers or sublime either baffle you to the point that you dread them or suck you in enough to appreciate the chilling beauty of them or both.
For me it’s both, they teach me a lot and often help me read people more than I’d like to admit.
So today I’ll give you the best things ‘Psychological’ on Netflix…
Here we go!!!!!!
I’ll start with six series on Netflix that are more likely than not, to blow your mind and teach you a thing or two.
So, the series:
1. Black Mirror on Netflix
Come on. You expected this. Black mirror had to be here didn’t it?. The British show has an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a whole lot of people love it. It started on television in 2011 and ran for two seasons. Netflix bought it after that and ran three more seasons. So you have a lot to watch.
The show is based on dystopian technology that causes the fall of humans at the end of each episode. Every episode is a different story (…yay!!! Adventure!!!!…). It’s not all mechanical of course, it wouldn’t be on our list of the best things ‘Psychological’ on Netflix. The show often portrays the psychological effects and complexities of the humans that get lured in by the technology. We can’t blame technology really, it’s us and our intent that determines the results.
2. Alias Grace on Netflix
So, how many of you have heard of Margaret Atwood? Canadian literature? Watched Handmaid’s Tale?. (…don’t feel bad, I haven’t watched Handmaid’s Tale either….). Well, this Canadian miniseries is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name set in the 1800’s. It’s pretty gritty you know, murders and all. A runaway maid suspected assisting in the murder of her employers, an affair and a whole lot of complications.The show has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yep, it has to be awesome to get that high a rating people. It’s psychologically gripping and so go ahead, way it on Netflix. Released in 2017, the show has 6 episodes and would be easy to finish; comprehending it however, that depends upon you.
3. The Sinner on Netflix
Sinner is an anthology of crime mysteries based on the stories of German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr. Released in 2017, all the three seasons of the TV series is available on Netflix. Each season consists of 8 episodes and centers around a central main crime. The series had two nominations at the Golden Globes and one at the Primetime Emmy awards. It also rates at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s what I like about it; case study. Yes, detailed case study into the motives and behaviour of the characters is what makes it psychological. Our detective delves into the lives of the suspect in each season. Be sure to watch it.
4. Orphan Black on Netflix
You have had to have seen this. (…No??…well, now you’ll know about it and will see it…right?…). Orphan Black is a Canadian series about well, clones. Yes, human clones. It ran from 2013 to 2017 and has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With 5 seasons waiting to be watched by you if you haven’t already.
The story is about a con artist taking the place of who she thought was her doppelganger and discovering a much bigger picture. You’ll see a lot of plot twists, sinister characters and identity crises. Best of luck figuring it all out at once. It’s beautiful.
5. Mindhunter on Netflix
This gorgeous series is based on a true-crime book and damn it’s psychological. (…it’s the literal definition of a criminal psychology show….or a really good attempt at understanding it atleast…). It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Released in 2017 with two seasons on Netflix, it is currently on indefinite hiatus. (…why you gotta do that Netflix???…).
The show takes the audience back to the murders of 70’s and 80’s. Two FBI agents and a psychologists interview locked up criminals to understand the workings of a guilty and often unstable mind. They do so in hopes of getting insights into future cases and that’s how we go back to the past. It sure is very interesting, scary at times but interesting.
6. Hannibal on Netflix
This is so obvious. It just had to be here. (….come on, you expected it didn’t you???….). How can I leave out Hannibal Lecter???. Silence of the lambs and Hannibal Lecter have always intrigued me. I’ve never gotten around to reading the books (…yet…) but the show makes everything awesome. It has an average of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and span 3 seasons. It ran from 2013 to 2015.
Caution! The show is not for the softhearted or those who faint at watching gore.
Hannibal is a cannibal and a brilliant psychologist. An FBI agent looks up to him while working on his cases but Hannibal feels he is the only one that understands him.
You know what happened after that. (…oh…you don’t???…). Well, check out all the episodes right on Netflix.
So, now that we’re done with the series, let’s move on to the movies. I’ll give you five psychological movies to watch. Here we go:
1. Bird Box
This was so predictable. Bird Box had to be here. It is a horror thriller but I see it as psychological, no one survives to speak of exactly what they saw.
The remaining fear something they haven’t seen but have only seen the result of. People are scared out of their wits, enough to blindfold themselves for protection. Released in 2018, the movie has a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (…no idea why it’s so low….).
The movie is a Netflix original. It revolves around a world taken over by entities that drive a person crazy enough to kill themselves when the person looks at them.
In this chaos a woman fights to ensure the survival of both herself and the two kids she’s responsible for. Really dope, check it out.
2. Lucid Dream
Lucid Dream is a South Korean movie about well….lucid dreaming.
It is very psychological. Released in 2017, the movie has a rating of 91%. The story is about an investigative journalist who is also a single father.
His son gets kidnapped and then complete radio silence. Desperate to find his child, our protagonist takes the help of the technique of lucid dreaming or controlled dreaming to go through the day of the kidnap and pickup clues.
He almost gets to the suspect but situations compel him to look for something he had been neglecting in his dreams; a teenager who is traveling to his lucid dreams. The rest you’ll have to find out yourself on Netflix.
3. Before I Wake
Okay. I love this movie. It is haunting and unsettling. (…creeped the fluff out of me when I watched it….).
But it is unusually beautiful. It is a psychological thriller but can be taken as horror. Released in 2016, Rotten Tomatoes gave Before I Wake a 63%. (… again, can’t understand why….it’s not perfect but it’s art….).
The story is of a young child who gets adopted by a couple that have recently lost their child.
It is a story of dreams coming true but not in the happy and warm way.
The child has had a very tough past and his nightmares come true.
There are subtleties and symbolisms in the movie that you have to understand in order to feel the true essence of it.
It is available on Netflix and I hope you find it as beautiful as I did. However, if you cannot handle some really creepy nightmare material then I’d ask you to watch it with a friend in a nice warm room. Loved the butterflies.
1922 is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Released in 2017, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 91%. You might wonder why I’d include something horror into this list but it is psychological too.
The story revolves around a farmer who killed his wife and forced his son to assist him in the act.
Both father and son are then infested with guilt.
Not only his wife’s ghost but also his guilt is what drives the story. His guilty conscience is what feeds his fear and freezes him up as everything around him crashes to pieces.
It is available on Netflix and I’d ask you to watch it only if you are able to handle it. (…it’s Stephen King we’re talking about…).
Ask not what a sci-fi movie is doing here, ask why you couldn’t perceive it’s psychological value (….hehe, sorry…). Annihilation was released in 2018 and has an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The story is about an alien entity trying to invade earth through spreading it’s essence or whatever and changing things around it.
Lena, a biologist with her team of a physicist, geomorphologist, psychologist and paramedic venture into the ‘Shimmer’.
The shimmer; an area veiled by a transparent wall of pearlescent colours, very much like a prism constantly moving.
The region’s flora and fauna have mutated. No one had ever made back from it except our protagonist’s husband.
You’ll see a lot of psychological disorders which are barely unrecognisable.
We’ll also find the psychological motives behind the characters behaviour and taking up this suicide mission.
However, what really deeply intrigued people is the ending of the movie.
You’ll have to look it up yourself on Netflix. It’s a very thought-provoking and carefully articulated movie.
Not everyone gets it and I suppose that to be the reason why it was a box office bomb.
But, of course I had to include it. We appreciate beauty and uniqueness here. (…. Also because: Natalie Portman!!!!!!…) I’m pretty sure the movie is going to blow your mind.
My own opinion:
There’s so many psychological artworks spread all over the entertainment industry.
You just really have to pick up on cues and analyse them to understand them.
So many amazing pieces have turned out to be commercial flops only because people couldn’t comprehend them.
Why blame the directors for creating art?
Why not make yourself sensitive enough to atleast appreciate it?.
No offense but understanding things, being able to empathise or atleast being able to see the why’s of someone’s action somehow helps you in getting closer to yourself. (…not control yourself, only at getting closer….if you have issues, I suggest you talk to someone you actually trust…)
Hoping you’d like the mentioned series and movies. Go ahead, binge on!!!!.
My prayers are with you during this pandemic.