Art film



a motion picture made primarily for aesthetic reasons rather than commercial profit, often of an experimental nature or having an unconventional or highly symbolic content, aimed typically at a limited audience.
Contemporary Examples

Spring Breakers, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco.
What Critics are Saying About ‘Spring Breakers’ and James Franco The Daily Beast March 14, 2013

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