Saturday, December 28, 2019
Top Ten Films in 2019
Guilty (Den skyldige | Denmark 2018 | in
Danish | 85 min.)
The writer-director Gustav Möller astonishingly composes a thriller set entirely inside a room where an emergency dispatcher receives a call from a kidnapped woman.
- We the
Animals (USA 2018 | 94 min.)
The director Jeremiah Zagar crafts a lyrical and dreamy movie about three siblings living in poverty.
(USA 2019 | 122 min.)
(생일 | South Korea 2019 | in Korean | 120
With powerful performances by the lead actors, the director Lee Jong-eon's (이종언) unapologetic tearjerker depicts the unbearable grief from the parents of the victims of the horrific Sewol ferry disaster (世越號沈沒事故) on 16 April 2014.
Story (USA 2019 | 136 min.)
The writer-director Noah Baumbach's outstanding divorce drama features a few of this year's best performances.
- A Dog
Barking at the Moon
| China/Spain 2019 | in Mandarin | 107 min.)
Loosely based on her own experience, the writer-director Lisa Zi Xiang (相梓) strikingly unwraps an engrossing family saga.
Harvesters (Die Stropers | France/South
Africa/Greece/Poland 2018 | in Afrikaans | 104 min.)
Etienne Kallos's beautiful directorial debut explores a boy's struggle with masculinity in South African culture after a street boy joins his family.
(기생충 | South Korea 2019 | in Korean
| 132 min.)
The Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho's (봉준호) Palme d'Or winner brilliantly injects social commentary into an arresting and sometimes amusing story.
- So Long, My
Son (地久天长 |
China 2019 | in Mandarin | 185 min.)
The sixth generation Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai's (王小帅) epic unfolds a heart-wrenching tragic tale in a couple's life that reflects the decades of social and economic changes in China since the '80s.
(UK 2019/USA | 110 min.)