Ramin Bahrani’s The White Tiger, currently streaming on Netflix, chronicles the lengths a driver (Adarsh Gourav) goes to in his single-minded determination to rise to the top. His actions are prompted by his desire to rise above his station and join the ranks of men with what he calls “big bellies”. If you enjoyed the film, here are 5 more movies about class differences that you can watch:
Bong Joon-Ho’s Academy Award-winning dark comedy focuses on a struggling family that begins to infiltrate the home and lives of their wealthy employers. Despite their increasingly unethical-verging-on-dangerous methods of earning a living, you can’t help but feel a real undercurrent of sympathy for them, given their hardscrabble lives.
Serious Men (2020)
Frustrated with his underprivileged lifestyle, a man (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) concocts a scheme to establish his young son as a genius. Awards and news coverage change the family’s fortunes but how long can they keep up the ruse?
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson’s whodunit follows an ace detective investigating the death of a wealthy family’s patriarch. Their ugly attitudes towards race and class manifest when the sole inheritor of the family fortune is revealed to be the young immigrant nurse Marta (Ana de Armas).
Set in the 1970s, Alfonso Cuaron’s tender drama revolves around Cleo, a house help working for a couple and their four children. They love her and treat her like one of their own, but there’s no denying the stark differences in the way they experience the world as a result of their class differences.
Jordan Peele’s successor to his 2017 horror film Get Out is this eerie story of a family who gets attacked by their doppelgangers. Closer viewings reveal the unjust disparities between the two groups, including the doppelgangers’ horrific living conditions, that prompt the attack and frame it in the context of a class uprising.