Following a season brimming with glamorous premieres, September takes a gentler pace with Netflix’s original movie lineup. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty to enjoy! Netflix is set to deliver a cozy mix of touching love tales and impactful documentaries. Plus, they’re continuing to broaden their horizons with top-notch international content, showcasing the finest films from beyond the glitz of Hollywood. There’s a little something for every taste hitting Netflix this September, and to make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide highlighting the top original movie releases.
1. Happy Ending
Sex, an integral part of human existence, often remains a hushed topic, even among couples. Treading this sensitive terrain, Happy Ending presents a sizzling narrative about a couple attempting to add some zest to their intimate life with a threesome. This decision, however, triggers unforeseen repercussions. Introducing another woman into their relationship propels Luna (Gaite Jansen) and Mink (Martijn Lakemeier) on a path of self-exploration that could potentially test their mutual affection. While the trailer for Happy Ending hints at heating up your lounge, the film also aims to convey a crucial message: there’s no need to fear honesty about one’s sexuality. Without such openness, maintaining a healthy relationship becomes challenging. Happy Ending marks the directorial debut of Dutch filmmaker Joosje Duk, who entered the script in the Netflix New Voices competition in 2021.
2. A Day and a Half
Having graced our screens in popular TV series like Chernobyl and The Wheel of Time, Fares Fares steps behind the camera for his directorial debut with A Day and a Half. This upcoming Swedish thriller drama, inspired by real-life events, will keep you on the edge of your seat. It tells the gripping tale of Artan (Alexej Manvelov), a man so desperate to reconnect with his daughter that he resorts to holding Louise (Alma Pöysti) captive. Police officer Lukas (Fares Fares) also finds himself embroiled in this perilous journey across the countryside, forced to drive the pair while under Artan’s gunpoint threat. A Day and a Half poses the question: how far would one go for their family? It’s a must-watch for all thriller enthusiasts come September 2023.
3. Scout’s Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts in America
Established in 1908, the Boy Scouts of America was initially conceived as a platform for children to build a sense of community while acquiring essential survival skills. Regrettably, since its inception, the organization has chosen to conceal numerous instances of sexual abuse perpetrated by instructors, safeguarding incriminating documents from law enforcement to maintain its reputation. Scout’s Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts in America, directed by Brian Knappenberger, is a gut-wrenching documentary that uncovers how this renowned American institution has enabled the victimization of countless children over many years. In addition to revealing the documents that substantiate the organization’s choice to shield offenders, Scout’s Honor also includes interviews with whistleblowers, survivors, and former staff members.
4. Love at First Sight
Love at First Sight spins the enchanting tale of Hadley (Haley Lu Richardson) and Oliver (Ben Hardy), two strangers whose paths cross serendipitously at an airport. Their shared flight sparks a whirlwind romance, but upon landing, they part ways, potentially marking the end of a heartbreaking tale of love left unfulfilled. Yet, both are prepared to defy destiny and go to great lengths to reunite amidst life’s tumult. This captivating film is adapted from Jennifer E. Smith’s novel, The Statistical Odds of Love at First Sight.
5. El Conde
Augusto Pinochet, the ruthless dictator who governed Chile with an unyielding grip in the 1970s, is reimagined in a rather unusual light. What if Pinochet was not just a dictator but a vampire who reveled in human misery? El Conde, a horror-comedy, features Jaime Vadell as a version of Pinochet, a 250-year-old vampire dissatisfied with his historical legacy. Filmed in stark black and white, El Conde stands out as the most unconventional film arriving on Netflix in September 2023, yet it’s a fantastic addition to the platform’s international offerings. With director Pablo Larraín, known for the critically acclaimed Spencer, at the helm, anticipation is high for El Conde.
6. Street Flow 2
Once again, the dynamic duo of writer Kery James and director Leïla Sy are teaming up to delight Netflix audiences with a follow-up to the hit French film Street Flow. The original movie captivated viewers with the story of Noumouké (portrayed by Bakary Diombera), a fifteen-year-old boy and the youngest sibling in a trio of brothers, navigating life in a Parisian ghetto. Caught at a crossroads, Noumouké faced a tough decision: emulate the criminal ways of his brother Demba (played by Kery James) or pursue a path similar to that of Soulaymaan (Jammeh Diangana), a dedicated law student. Now, in Street Flow 2, we’ll see a new chapter unfold as Demba seeks redemption, striving to reshape his destiny and embrace an upright life.
Nowhere spins a gripping tale about Mia (played by Anna Castillo), a woman who takes refuge in a shipping container to flee from the terrifying reality of her homeland, ravaged by a brutal dictatorship. From the get-go, Mia’s journey is fraught with peril, but things take a turn for the worse when she gets separated from her husband due to her container plunging into the sea. With a baby on the way and lost at sea, Mia battles against the chilling ocean while struggling to survive her precarious predicament. To sum it up, Nowhere masterfully utilizes its claustrophobic setting to weave a chilling narrative, shedding light on the extreme risks refugees are willing to take in their quest for a safer, better life for their loved ones.
8. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Embark on a delightful journey with this fresh adventure-comedy short film that brings to life various tales from Roald Dahl’s 1977 anthology, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. The spotlight is on the story of the affluent Henry Sugar (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who embarks on a quest to find a man rumored to possess the ability to see without his eyes, hoping to use this power to gain an unfair advantage in gambling. This captivating short also boasts performances from renowned actors like Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, and Rupert Friend, alongside Cumberbatch. Don’t miss out on their stellar performances in this latest offering from the creative genius of Wes Anderson.
9. Spy Kids: Armageddon
This month, prepare for a family-friendly adventure with Spy Kids: Armageddon, a refreshing reboot of the beloved Spy Kids franchise. This Netflix Original spy comedy introduces us to a new narrative and a fresh cast of characters. The story revolves around Patty (played by Everly Carganilla) and Tony Tango-Torrez (Connor Esterson), the offspring of the world’s most elite secret agents (portrayed by Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi). In an unexpected twist, they inadvertently assist a formidable Game Developer in releasing a transformative computer virus. With the cunning Developer now wielding control over all technology courtesy of his virus, it’s up to Patty and Tony to step into the shoes of spies. Their mission? To rescue their parents and save the world from the chaos they’ve unintentionally unleashed.
10. Once Upon a Crime
Hailing from Japan, this fresh Netflix Original mystery-comedy adventure is set to captivate audiences. The story centers around Little Red Riding Hood (portrayed by Kanna Hashimoto) as she embarks on a mission to unravel a baffling mystery at the royal ball, where she accompanies Cinderella (played by Yûko Araki). With its intriguing plot packed with unexpected twists and turns, Once Upon a Crime promises an exhilarating ride. You’ll find yourself gripped as you watch Red Riding Hood in a race against time to solve the mystery before the stroke of midnight.
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