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208. Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s film “Le gamin au vélo” (The Kid with a Bike) (2011) (Belgium) based on the directors’ original screenplay: Painful yet uplifting film that forces you to re-evaluate human behaviour and your own actions
" We tend to think that the closer one gets to
the cup, to the hand, to the mouth whose lips are drinking, the more one will
be able to feel something invisible—a dimension we want to follow and which
would be otherwise less present in the film… Perhaps by ...

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143. Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s film made in USA “This Must Be the Place” (2011): Place and time continuum reinforced for the reflective viewer
P aolo Sorrentino is definitely a talented director.  His films considerably rely on visual
statements.  Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place indirectly urges
the film’s viewer to observe the details of visual statements, which often put
in context the quain...

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144. US director Terrence Malick’s sixth feature film “To the Wonder” (2012): Love your spouse in the context of divine love
T errence Malick’s films tend to perplex certain audiences. To the Wonder is likely to leave many
viewers, used to the typical Hollywood movies with unambiguous narrative tales,
totally stone cold. And yet it is true poetry on celluloid for others. Malick’s...

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126. Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s “Hanezu no tsuki” (Hanezu) (2011): The Terrence Malick of Japan makes a film on comprehending life from a Japanese perspective
N aomi Kawase is arguably the most interesting active Japanese
director today. Her cinematic themes are intrinsically correlated with Asian traditions
and these aspects that weave into her films’ plots could easily be lost on
occidental sensibilities. Like ...

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207. Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s film “Sharasoju” (Shara)(2003) (Japan) based on the director’s original screenplay: A philosophical look at life and death and one’s relationship with nature, a source of spiritual sustenance
N aomi Kawase is one of the most
interesting female film directors alive and actively making films. Her films
are slow moving, contemplative works that discuss the close relationship of
families, of religion, of tradition, and of nature. An overarching comm...

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206. Russian director Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky’s film “Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Triyapitsyna ” (The Postman’s White Nights)(2014) (Russia): An amazing, profound elegy reconciling one to the fact that good and evil coexist in Russia, then and now
“ Where does this music come from? From the heavens or from the ground? Now it’s stopped. ” --- A quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest , used as the end quote for T he Postman’s White Nights A ny serious Konchalovsky film
viewer will recall that the end-quo...

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205. US director Jim Jarmusch’s film “Paterson” (2016) (USA): A delicate, well-conceived film on a bus driver turned poet constantly noting beauty in ordinary subjects, thanks to his contented life with a supportive spouse
P aterson would appear to be a simple tale; but it is not. It is a
film where Jim Jarmusch the original scriptwriter over-shadows Jim Jarmusch the
director. Yet they are both the same individual in two roles. The script is
trenchant; it is brilliant. The di...

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204. Polish maestro Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film “Dekalog, Jeden” (Decalogue, One) (1989) (Poland): A fascinating debate on atheism versus faith in God/Yahweh/Allah
Frozen lake T he ten-part Dekalog is definitely one of the 10 best works of cinema ever made
for this critic. Each segment of the ten-part film Dekalog is linked to the 10 Commandments given by God to Moses as
believed by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Now m...

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203. French director Jean-Pierre Melville’s and cinematographer Henri Decaë’s début feature film “Le Silence de la Mer” (Silence of the Sea) (1949) (France): When silence (and the camera) talks and can be more effective than the spoken word
S ome of the best films of
celebrated filmmakers have been their debut films because they put in all their
pent up creative energy in that effort to find recognition as a director.
Examples are Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941), Claude Chabrol’s Le Beau Ser...

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202. Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s film “Bacalaureat” (Graduation)(2016) (Romania), based on his own original screenplay: Fallouts of a father-daughter protective relationship within a contemporary corrupt East European social framework
T he year 2016 saw the release of three
very interesting award-winning films from three countries on two continents—all
films on the same theme.  All three films
deal with the father-daughter protective relationship under different
patriarchal scenarios.  D...
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