13. Hævnen (In A Better World)
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Yeah right. Just make sure that you and your loved ones don’t end up blind, or dead, first.
12. Jakarta Maghrib (Jakarta Twilight)
Watching this movie, especially if you’re a low-middle class born and bred in Jakarta, is like being gut-punched and slapped back and forth in the face.
11. L’illusionniste (The Illusionist)
Nothing lasts forever. Not even magic.
He was a fiery racer. Maybe too fiery for his own good. That’s what got him into crazy catfights with Prost. That’s also what took him up the podium as three times world champion. Rest in peace, Senna.
9. Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope)
How difficult could it be to elect a pope? Choosing one, single, man? And how difficult it is to be chosen as one?
It’s not this film that is too ‘european’ for American movie goers, it’s just the American audiences that have already forgotten what a great movie looks and sounds like.
7. Jianyu (Reign of Assasins)
Sweeping and multi-layered like a great martial art story should be. Ladies and gentlemen, don’t judge a book by its cover. That is more than very true in this movie!
6. Budanggeorae (The Unjust)
Once you had your hands dirty, you’ll never be able to wipe it off. Everything you do will just make it even filthier and smear the scum to your friends and family.
5. A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse)
146 minutes, black and white, minimal characters plus a horse, a one-room old barnhouse and its surroundings, minimal dialogues, very minimal circular plot, so very Beckett-ish and almost successfuly Tarkovskian in all its conscious efforts.
4. Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike)
Of course all kids would be angry if they trust their parents whole-heartedly but the parents keep on lying, betraying, and abandoning them.
3. Blue Valentine
Love is just a feeling that will eventually fades away.
2. Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation)
Nobody ever want to admit that they’re wrong.
1. Pa Negre (Black Bread)
People are evil. Boy, all dads should’ve told their sons just that.