The Best Indie Movies To Watch In 2023

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Emilia Clarke explore tech and fertility in Sophie Barthes’ thought-provoking satire, The Pod Generation

PORTER brings you the best indie movies worth adding to your must-see list – from the ones you might have missed to awards-season winners and this year’s festival contenders


The Pod Generation

Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor lead this futuristic comedy, set in a world where couples can rent detachable, artificial wombs, or ‘pods’, in order to allow for shared pregnancies and flexible parenting. Raising interesting ideas about the role of tech in fertility and parenthood, this is set to be a talking-point movie. In cinemas from spring

Geraldine Viswanathan and Emilia Jones in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Cat Person

Cat Person

Nothing captured the anxiety of dating in the online age quite like Kristen Roupenian’s short story Cat Person when it was published in 2017. The romcom-thriller went viral for its sinister untangling of a courtship that turns sour, with ghosting, catfishing and red flags aplenty. Susanna Fogel, who co-wrote Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, is at the helm of the hotly anticipated movie rendition, and there are high hopes it will break the internet in the same way the story did. Look out for Oscar-winning Coda’s Emilia Jones and Succession’s breakout star Nicholas Braun in the lead roles. In cinemas from March

Thomasin McKenzie (right) takes the titular role in Eileen, while Anne Hathaway shines as charismatic Rebecca


Based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s chart-topping debut novel, the big-screen adaptation follows the unraveling of Eileen Dunlop, a misanthropic woman stuck in a rut both personally and professionally. When a charismatic new member of staff, Rebecca, joins the office, their friendship blossoms… until, under the influence of Rebecca, Eileen finds herself dragged into a heinous crime. Thomasin McKenzie is sublime as the slightly peculiar Eileen, and Anne Hathaway gives an awards-worthy performance as the seductive Rebecca. In cinemas from spring

Leading the cast in Sometimes I Think About Dying, Daisy Ridley tells the story of Fran, a woman trapped in the dull grind of her daily minutiae

Sometimes I Think About Dying

Fran is a ghost in her own life. Isolated in her dreary office cubicle, she passes the time wishing she could disappear, until a dynamic new hire, Robert, arrives and tries to strike up a friendship with her. Daisy Ridley gives a tipping-point performance as the alienated Fran, who craves human interaction but struggles with the real-life demands of companionship. A story set to capture the hearts of viewers. In cinemas from spring

Lily LaTorre leads as Sarah Snook’s unsettling child, Mia, in the Sundance Film Festival thriller Run Rabbit Run


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