6 Best Movies Based on Incestuous Relationships on Netflix Right Now

Taboo sexual practice is something we do not talk about out in the open. These practices are severely looked down upon in society and are considered detrimental to the upholding of the social fabric. Taboo sexual practices may include incest, bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia, and others. But here comes a very important question: what is the determining factor which defines whether a sexual relationship is taboo or not? The answer is very simple — the one that helps man propagate his species in the best way possible is not considered taboo. The argument is different when it comes to bestiality, necrophilia, or pedophilia because there is a matter of consent that is being completely neglected in such cases.

But what about incest? Incest is a taboo because, as it is known to many of us, the offspring of an incestuous relationship has higher chances of being born deformed. Similarly, homosexual relationships were considered sinful because there was no chance of reproduction. IVF and other techniques are only recent inventions. Thus, what we have to remember is that any sexual relationship which does not give birth to healthy offsprings has historically been treated as immoral — as it should be — even if both parties consent to take the relationship forward.

Incestuous relationships have been seen throughout history and have also found a place in arts and literature. Our very favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ is a prime example in this regard. If you’re interested in further exploring taboo or incestuous relationships, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of really good incest movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:

6. The Mistress (2012)

Directed by Olivia Lamasan, this Filipino melodrama film has a different kind of incestuous relationship.  Seamstress Sari (Bea Alonzo) has been the mistress of much-older industrialist Rico (Ronaldo Valdez) for several years. She meets young architect JD (John Lloyd Cruz). They quickly discover that they have quite a few things in common. But before they can earnestly begin dating, it is revealed that Rico is actually JD’s father. It hurts JD emotionally. He initially considering severing all ties with Sari, but it is already too late. He has fallen deeply in love with her. As the film progresses, Sari starts to reciprocate JD’s feelings, but his parents are not happy with this relationship.

For his mother, it reminds her of the humiliation that she endured because of the affair between her husband and Sari. For Rico, it’s just unthinkable that his son would date his mistress. The two get into a fistfight, which leads to Rico having a heart attack. The film was a massive critical and commercial hit in the Philippines and won several accolades, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor Awards at the 31st Luna Awards in 2013.

5. August: Osage County (2013)

Based on Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, ‘August: Osage County’ is a tragicomedy movie that stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, and Ewan McGregor. The John Wells directorial primarily revolves around the Weston family and its strong-willed women. The strength of their character and dedication has helped them make a respectable life for themselves as they slowly moved on their own paths away from their Midwest home. However, one ordinary day, they are brought together by an incident to the household where they grew up and the women who raised them. Will years of separation and their strong-willed character turn out to be problematic as they try to live together once again?

4. Rebecca (2020)

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Ben Wheatley’s 2020 Netflix film ‘Rebecca’ is not the first time that Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic novel of the same name has been adapted for the scene (arguably, most famously, by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940) and likely will not be the last time. Wheatley approaches the story like a psychological thriller, with elements of romance and horror adding layers to the narrative. The unnamed protagonist (Lily James) meets the 20-something affluent handsome widower Maxim “Max” de Winter (Armie Hammer), and they get married. The new Mrs. de Winter then travels to Manderley, Max’s sprawling familial estate in Cornwall.

However, the protagonist’s Cinderella-esque story turns sour as she finds herself completely overshadowed by the memories of the first Mrs. de Winter, the titular Rebecca. She initially thinks that Max’s refusal to speak about Rebecca stems from his regrets about his second marriage but later discovers that Max hated his first wife, who had a series of affairs, including with her own cousin Jack Favell (Sam Riley), and often mocked him by mentioning them.

3. Two (2021)

Directed by Mar Targarona, ‘Two‘ is a Spanish horror film that features a star-studded cast that includes Marina Gatell, Pablo Derqui, Kandido Uranga, Anna Chincho Serrano, and Esteban Galilea. As the name suggests, the movie centers upon two complete strangers who are abducted and then stitched together by an unknown kidnapper. With no dearth of time on their hand, Sara and David begin to speculate who could possibly be behind such a heinous crime. Sara suspects that her controlling husband Mario is probably responsible for the kidnapping; meanwhile, David is completely clueless. As the story unfolds, dark secrets about their past begin to surface, and their actions while being stitched together turn out to be their biggest regret.

2. Bulbbul (2020)

Written and directed by Anvita Dutt, Netflix’s period horror film ‘Bulbbul’ is predominantly set in Bengal Presidency in the 19th century. The eponymous character (Tripti Dimri) is the wife of the affluent landlord Indranil (Rahul Bose). Her wedding to her much-older husband took place when she was only 5 years old. Her husband has a twin brother, Mahendra, who later marries Binodini (Paoli Dam). Since she has come to live at her husband’s home, Bulbbul has felt a special connection to her Indranil’s youngest brother, Satya (Avinash Tiwary), with whom her age difference is minimal. In time, these emotions develop into something mutual and deeper. This prompted Indranil to send his brother to London. When Satya eventually returns home after two decades, Mahendra had died, Indranil is absent, and there are rumors of a chudail (a malevolent female spirit) that kills men who abuse their wives.

The plot has a definite incestuous element that can be observed in the dynamics between several characters. The tragic aspect of the relationship between Bulbbul and Satya is one of the key plot points in the story. Furthermore, Binodini clearly has feelings for Indranil. And then there is Bulbbul’s traumatic rape by Mahendra, which triggers her transformation into a chudail. The film was released in June 2020 and received mostly positive reviews from the critics.

1. In the Tall Grass (2019)

The cinematic adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s 2012 namesake horror novella, ‘In the Tall Grass’ tells the story of a pair of siblings, Cal and Becky Demuth (Avery Whitted and Laysla De Oliveira), who enter a field of tall grass after hearing a young boy’s call for help. Soon, they realize that they can’t get out from there. To make the matter even more precarious, Becky is 6 months pregnant. Not long after they enter the grass, they get separated. Travis (Harrison Gilbertson), the father of Becky’s baby, comes in search of her and Cal and gets lost in the grass as well. The siblings meet Tobin (Will Buie Jr.), the boy whose cries for help they heard, and his parents, Ross and Natalie (Patrick Wilson and Rachel Wilson). Like any film inspired by King’s works, ‘In the Tall Grass’ is riddled with disturbing imageries. Some of the themes that the film explores are cannibalism, graphic and gory violence, and time travel.

The incestuous element in the story stems from Cal’s forbidden feelings for his sister. It manifests in his anger towards Travis, who seems to be aware of it and mentions it after he, Cal, Becky, and Tobin reach the dilapidated bowling center. He even one time tries to cause Travis’ death, although the latter somehow survives. A Netflix original film, it is directed by American-Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali, whose credits also include ‘Cube’ and Splice’.

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