I have referenced this unofficial genre in many film reviews of late, so I thought I should dedicate a post to it. Especially since it doesn’t have a Wikipedia page.
Because I made it up.
I did a check list for the genre in Wild. So I’ll copy and past it here, and elaborate.
THE RUNAWAY GENRE GROUND RULES:
- One or two characters who have suffered trauma
- Inner-conflict (usually expressed via flashbacks)
- At least one emotional breakdown
- Typically involves a marriage break-up or violence
- Expression of every emotion
- Writing down of feelings/diary-keeping
- Genre that is mostly likely to conclude with tragedy (according to unofficial polling)
- And of course… The act of running away
CLASSIC EXAMPLES OF A RUNAWAY FILM:
- Into the Wild
- Hector and the Search for Happiness
- Thelma & Louise
- Eat, Pray, Love
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Borderline exceptions to the genre:
Now, I love this genre. Sure, I’ve made up the title and the rules, but they are typically wondrous, fantastical, deep, meaningful, adventurous insights into a character.
I love psychology, and these movies tend to play on why we make the decisions we do, and why we interact in the way we do.
Keep an eye out for films of this genre. They’re quite easy to pick.