Monday, September 21, 2015

2015
1) Son of Saul 
2) Carol
3) Mad Max: Fury Road 
4) Ex-Machina
5) Inside Out
6) Victoria & The Tribe 
7) The Hateful Eight   
8) Tangerine  
9) It Follows
10) Amy
11) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
12) Heart of a Dog
13) Straight Outta Compton 
14) The Revenant
15) 99 Homes
16) Irrational Man, Creed, Room 
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2014
1) Whiplash
2) Under the Skin
3) Interstellar 
4) Selma 
5) The Grand Budapest Hotel
6) Birdman 
7) Blue Ruin
8) Fury  
9) Foxcatcher
10) Gone Girl
11) Edge of Tomorrow 
12) Snowpiercer
13) Chef
14) Nightcrawler
15) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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2013
1) Inside Llewyn Davis
2) 12 Years A Slave
3) Upstream Color
4) Her
5) Nebraska
6) American Hustle
7) Blue Is the Warmest Color
8) Spring Breakers
9) This is the End
10) The Wolf of Wall Street
11) Ain't Them Bodies A Saint
12) The Hunt
13) In A World ....
14) Frances Ha
15) The Dark Knight Returns
16) Blue Jasmine
17) Short Term 12 
18) Drinking Buddies 
19) The Way Way Back
20) Gravity
21) Lone Survivor
22) The Square
23) Trance
24) Pacific Rim
25) Iron Man 3
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2012
1) The Master
2) Zero Dark Thirty
3) This Is Not A Film
4) Holy Motors
5) Once Upon A Time In Anatolia 
6) Killer Joe
7) Beasts of the Southern Wild
8) Compliance
9) 
Moonrise Kingdom 
10) The Dark Knight Rises
11) Looper
12) Prometheus
13) Rust and Bone
14) Bernie
15) Seven Psychopaths
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2011
1) The Tree Of Life
2) Margaret
3) A Separation
4) Uncle Boonmee
5) Incendies
6) Melancholia
7) Drive
8) The Skin I Live In
9) Bellflower
10) We Need to Talk About Kevin

11) Bridesmaids
12) Source Code 
13) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
14) Pariah
15) Meek's Cutoff 
16) Terri
17) Attack the Block
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2010:
1) The Social Network
2) Dogtooth
3) Enter The Void
4) Fish Tank  
5) Black Swan
6) Inception
7) The Ghost Writer
8) Shutter Island
9) A Prophet

10) You Don't Know Jack
11) Toy Story 3 
12) Cyrus
13) Winter's Bone
14) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
15) 127 Hours
16) L'Illusioniste 
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2000's
1) Mulholland Drive
2) There Will Be Blood
3) Eternal Sunshine Spotless Mind
4) No Country For Old Men
5) Children of Men
6) 
Spirited Away
7) Memento
8) Cache/Hidden
9) Zodiac
10) The 25th Hour
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2009:
1) Hunger
2) Up In The Air
3) The Fantastic Mr. Fox
4) The Hurt Locker
5) 
A Serious Man 
6) Two Lovers
7) An Education
8) The Cove
9) Moon
10) Up!

11) Goodbye Solo
12) Broken Embraces
13) Public Enemies
14) (500) Days of Summer
15) Antichrist
16) District 9
17) Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
18) Paranormal Activity
19) Taken
20) The Lovely Bones 
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2008:
1) WALL-E
2) The Wrestler
3) The Dark Knight
4) Slumdog Millionaire
5) Gran Torino & Changeling
6) Funny Games
7) A Christmas Tale
8) Doubt
9) The Visitor
10) 
Pineapple Express 
11) Ne le dis à personne
12) Burn After Reading
13) Waltz With Bashir
14) Wendy and Lucy
15) The Class
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2007:
1) No Country For Old Men
2) There Will Be Blood
3) Zodiac
4) Michael Clayton
5) Ratatouille
6) Before Devil Knows You're Dead
7) Superbad
8) American Gangster
9) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
10) Sweeney Todd
11) The Assassination of Jesse James
12) The Darjeeling Limited
13) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
14) Black Book
15) Death Proof
16) The Mist
17) Eastern Promises
18) I Am Legend
19) The Lookout
20) Bug 
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2006:
1) Children Of Men
2) The Departed
3) Death Of Mr.Lazarescu
4) Borat
5) United 93
6) Little Miss Sunshine
7) Pan's Labyrinth
8) Babel
9) Apocalypto
10) Blood Diamond
11) The Prestige
12) Casino Royale 
13) The Illusionist
14) Little Children
15) Dave Chappelle's Block Party
16) Inside Man
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2005:
1) 
Cache/Hidden 
2) Oldboy 
3) A History Of Violence
4) Munich
5) The Squid And The Whale
6) Downfall
7) Capote
8) Grizzly Man
9) Me, You and Everyone We Know
10) The 40 Year Old Virgin
11) Cinderella Man
12) Broken Flowers
13) War of the Worlds
14) Lord of War
15) Red Eye 
16) King Kong
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2004:
1) Eternal Sunshine Spotless Mind
2) Sideways
3) 
The Aviator 
4) Maria Full Of Grace
5) Spider Man 2
6) Collateral
7) Kill Bill Volume Two
8) The Incredibles
9) Hotel Rwanda
10) The Manchurian Candidate
11) Fahrenheit 9/11
12) The Dreamers
13) Dogville
14) The Motorcycle Diaries
15) The Passion of the Christ
16) The Ladykillers
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2003:
1) The Return Of The King
2) 
Lost In Translation 
3) Mystic River
4) City Of God
5) Finding Nemo
6) 21 Grams
7) Elephant
8) The Magdalene Sisters
9) Kill Bill: Volume One
10) Capturing The Friedmans
11) The Station Agent
12) The School of Rock
13) The Triplets of Belleville
14) The Barbarian Invasions
15) Spellbound 
16) Être et avoir
17) 28 Days Later
18) Dirty Pretty Things
19) Irreversible
20) Bad Santa 
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2002:
1) Spirited Away
2) The 25th Hour
3) 
Y Tu Mama Tambien
4) Gangs Of New York
5) 
The Pianist 
6) Punch Drunk Love 
7) Minority Report 
8) Adaptation
9) Bowling For Columbine
10) About Schmidt
11) The Fast Runner 
12) Road To Perdition
13) Time Out
14) The Bourne Identity
15) Panic Room
16) The Grey Zone 
17) Insomnia 
18) Catch Me If You Can 
19) About A Boy
20) 13 Conversations About One Thing
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2001:
1) Mulholland Drive
2) Memento
3) Ghost World
4) 
Artificial Intelligence 
5) Amelie
6) In The Bedroom
7) The Fellowship Of The Ring
8) 
The Royal Tenenbaums 
9) Ali
10) 
Shrek & Waking Life 
11) Black Hawk Down
12) The Man Who Wasn't There
13) The Pledge
14) Moulin Rouge
15) The Others 
16) The Son's Room
17) Hedwig and the Angry Inch
18) Ocean's Eleven
19) The Deep End
20) Joy Ride
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2000:
1) Dancer In The Dark
2) Traffic
3) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
4) Almost Famous
5) O' Brother Where Art Thou
6) Gladiator
7) You Can Count On Me
8) Unbreakable
9) Requiem For A Dream
10) High Fidelity
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1990s
1) Pulp Fiction
2) Schindler's List
3) Goodfellas
4) Breaking The Waves
5) Unforgiven
6) The Player
7) The Shawshank Redemption
8) Fargo
9) The Piano
10) Being John Malkovich
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1999:
1) Being John Malkovich
2) American Beauty
3) Election
4) Magnolia
5) The Sixth Sense
6) Boy's Don't Cry
7) Eyes Wide Shut
8) Fight Club
9) The Limey
10) Summer Of Sam
10) Bringing Out The Dead
11) The Matrix
12) The Blair Witch Project
13) The Iron Giant
14) Toy Story 2
15) South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
17) Office Space
18) The Green Mile
19) The Talented Mr. Ripley
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1998:
1) The Truman Show
2) Shakespeare In Love
3) Happiness
4) A Simple Plan
5) Saving Private Ryan
6) Life Is Beautiful
7) American History X
8) Buffalo '66
9) Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
10) The Big Lebowski
11) Out of Sight
12) The Spanish Prisoner
13) The Celebration
14) A Civil Action
15) There's Something About Mary
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1997:
1) L.A. Confidential
2) The Sweet Hereafter
3) Titanic
4) The Ice Storm
5) Donnie Brasco
6) Boogie Nights
7) Jackie Brown
8) Ulee's Gold
9) The Game
10) Men In Black
11) Face/Off
12) Wag the Dog
13) Gattaca
14) Cube
15) U-Turn
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1996:
1) Breaking The Waves
2) Fargo
3) Secrets And Lies
4) 
Lone Star 
5) The People Vs. Larry Flynt 
6) Citizen Ruth  
7) Shine
8) Trainspotting
9) Welcome To The Dollhouse
10) Flirting With Disaster
11) Bound
12) Primal Fear
13) Mars Attacks
14) Beavis and Butthead Do America
15) Mission: Impossible
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1995:
1) Leaving Las Vegas
2) Casino
3) Crumb
4) Get Shorty
5) Heat
6) Braveheart
7) 
Sense and Sensibility
8) Babe
9) Exotica
10) Strange Days
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1994:
1) Pulp Fiction
2) Quiz Show
3) Ed Wood 
4) The Shawshank Redemption 
5) Heavenly Creatures
6) The Last Seduction
7) Forrest Gump
8) Three Colors: Red
9) Dumb & Dumber
10) Speed

11) Bullets Over Broadway
12) Once We Were Warriors
13) Leon: The Professional
14) Clerks
15) Red Rock West
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1993:
1) Schindler's List
2) The Piano
3) The Remains Of The Day
4) Groundhog Day
5) Naked
6) In The Name Of The Father
7) Shortcuts
8) The Fugitive
9) Dazed and Confused
10) Carlito's Way

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1992:
1) Unforgiven
2) The Player
3) The Crying Game
4) One False Move
5) Malcom X
6) Reservoir Dogs
7) Glengary Glen Ross
8) Bad Lieutenant
9) Aladdin
10) Basic Instinct

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1991:
1) The Silence Of The Lambs
2) Terminator 2
3) Barton Fink
4) JFK
5) My Own Private Idaho
6) What About Bob?
7) Beauty and the Beast
8) La Femme Nikita
9) The Vanishing

9) Europa Europa
10) Boyz N The Hood
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1990:
1) Goodfellas
2) Reversal Of Fortune
3) The Grifters
4) Edward Scissorhands
5) Wild At Heart
6) Miller's Crossing
7) To Sleep With Anger
8) After Dark, My Sweet
9) Twin Peaks
10) Home Alone
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1980s
1) Do The Right Thing
2) Blue Velvet
3) Raging Bull
4) Platoon
5) Blow Out
6) The Fly
7) Back to the Future
8) Brazil
9) Terms of Endearment
10) The Elephant Man
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1989:
1) Do The Right Thing
2) My Left Foot
3) Drugstore Cowboy
4) 
Crimes And Misdemeanors 
5) Casualties Of War
6) The War Of The Roses
7) Dead Poets Society
8) Batman
9) 
The Killer 
10) Sex, Lies and Videotape
10) The Fabulous Baker Boys
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1988:

1) Rain Man
2) Die Hard
3) Women on the Verge Of A Nervous
4) The Last Temptation Of Christ
5) Who Framed Roger Rabbit
6) A Fish Called Wanda
7) The Accidental Tourist
8) Mississippi Burning
9) Big
10) Eight Men Out
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1987:
1) Broadcast News
2) The Princess Bride
3) Raising Arizona
4) Full Metal Jacket
5) The Untouchables
6) Predator
7) Fatal Attraction
8) River's Edge
9) Radio Days
10) House of Games
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1986:
1) Blue Velvet
2) The Fly
3) Platoon
4) Something Wild
5) Hannah And Her Sisters
6) Mona Lisa
7) Manhunter
8) The Color Of Money
9) Sid and Nancy
10) Salvador
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1985:
1) Brazil
2) Back To The Future
3) The Purple Rose Of Cairo
4) Prizzi's Honor
5) Ran
6) Witness
7) After Hours
8) Mask
9) Blood Simple
10) Runaway Train
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1984:
1) Amadeus
2) The Terminator
3) The Killing Fields
4) The Temple of Doom
5) Broadway Danny Rose
6) Body Double
7) This is Spinal Tap
8) Places in the Heart
9) Stranger Than Paradise
10) A Soldier's Story
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1983:
1) Terms of Endearment
2) The King of Comedy
3) Risky Business
4) Silkwood
5) Zelig
6) Bad Boys
7) The Dead Zone
8) Videodrome
9) Return of the Jedi
10) Scarface
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1982:
1) Gandhi
2) Fanny & Alexander
3) Tootsie
4) Moonlighting
5) Missing
6) The Verdict
7) Shoot the Moon
8) The Year of Living Dangerously
9) The Road Warrior
10) An Officer and a Gentleman
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1981:
1) Blow Out
2) Raiders Of The Lost Ark
3) Pixote
4) Atlantic City

5) Prince of the City
6) Thief
7) Cutter's Way
8) Superman II
9) Body Heat
10) Arthur
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1980:
1) Raging Bull
2) The Elephant Man
3) The Shining
4) Dressed to Kill
5) The Stunt Man
6) A Coal Miner's Daughter
7) My Bodyguard 
8) Melvin and Howard
9) The Tin Drum
10) Caddyshack
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1970s:
1) The Godfather Part 1&2
2) Apocalypse Now
3) A Clockwork Orange
4) Barry Lyndon
5) Chinatown
6) Mean Streets & Taxi Driver
7) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8) The Deer Hunter
9) 3 Women
10) Days of Heaven
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1979:
1) Apocalypse Now
2) Kramer vs. Kramer
3) The China Syndrome
4) Being There
5) Picnic At Hanging Rock
6) All That Jazz 
7) Breaking Away
8) The Shout
9) Manhattan
10) Hair
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1978:
1) The Deer Hunter
2) Days of Heaven
3) Halloween
4) Midnight Express
5) An Unmarried Woman
6) Straight Time
7) Girlfriends
8) Blue Collar
9) Martin
10) I Spit On Your Grave
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1977:
1) 3 Women
2) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
3) Annie Hall
4) Sorcerer
5) The American Friend
6) Eraserhead
7) Saturday Night Fever
8) Pumping Iron
9) Rolling Thunder
10) The Obscure Object Of Desire
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1976:
1) Seven Beauties
2) Taxi Driver
3) Network
4) Rocky
5) Carrie
6) The Outlaw Josey Wales
7) Marathon Man
8) Bound For Glory
9) Family Plot
9) Assault on Precinct 13
10) The Omen
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1975:
1) Barry Lyndon
2) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
3) Dog Day Afternoon
4) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
5) The Passenger
6) Three Days of Condor
7) Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
8) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
9) Jaws
10) Assault On Precinct 13
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1974:
1) The Godfather Part II
2) Chinatown
3) The Conversation
4) A Woman Under the Influence
5) The Parallax View
6) Don't Look Now
7) California Split
8) The Gambler
9) The Sugarland Express
10) The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
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1973:
1) The Exorcist
2) Mean Streets
3) Badlands
4) The Long Goodbye
5) Serpico
6) The Last Detail
7) American Graffiti
8) The Day of the Jackal
9) The Sting
10) Paper Moon
10) Day For Night
10) The Outfit
10) Enter The Dragon
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1972:
1) The Godfather
2) Last Tango in Paris
3) The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
4) Deliverance
5) Cries And Whispers
6) Pink Flamingos
7) Frenzy
8) Fat City 
9) The Friends of Eddie Coyle
10) The Last House On The Left
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1971:
1) A Clockwork Orange
2) Dirty Harry
3) The French Connection
4) McCabe and Mrs. Miller
5) Klute
6) The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 
7) Duel
8) Straw Dogs
9) Walkabout
10) Murmur Of The Heart
10) Ali: Fear Eats Soul
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1970:
1) The Conformist
2) Five Easy Pieces
3) M*A*S*H
4) Patton
5) Gimme Shelter
6) Le Cercle Rouge
7) Le Boucher
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1960s
2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr. Strangelove
The Manchurian Candidate
The Graduate
The Apartment
La Dolce Vita & 81/2
Psycho
Rosemary's Baby
L'Avventura
Breathless

TIFF: The Lobster, Dheepan, Black Mass


The rain’s been pouring the last two days at TIFF but hopefully the skies will clear before this year’s Telluride giants arrive to build on the buzz they created a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to the way Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation and Room will fare with everyone here.
This time last year in Toronto, everyone was talking about Whiplash, and the thunderous applause it garnered at the Ryerson theater. This year it’s all about three Cannes favorites: Sicario, Son of Saul and The Lobster. Everywhere you go people are asking if you’ve seen these three movies. They are the standouts of the fest thus far, but there are still 5 days of premieres left and we’re all hoping for a surprise to take over the fest and get some fresh buzz going. James Vanderbilt’s Truth is said to be that movie, if you believe the select few who have seen it. We’ll know for sure as early as Tuesday when the press screening will take place at the Scotia Bank theater.
Johnny Depp gives his best performance in almost 10 years in Black Mass. He’s almost guaranteed a nomination, but prospects for the film are uncertain. Director Scott Cooper lets Depp take change of the proceedings as Irish gangster Whitey Bulger — a role that ticks all the boxes for Depp to finally win that much eluded Oscar. We already knew that just by watching the trailer a few months ago. Joel Edgerton co-stars as the FBI agent — who happens to be Bulger’s childhood buddy — and convinces the gangster to become an informant for the FBI. Edgerton is actually a talented filmmaker in his own right. He directed this summer’s sleeper The Gift, a superb movie.
The Lobster is a wholly original vision by Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos. It will be divisive for many reasons: When Sasha saw it at Cannes she wrote “I don’t know if Lanthimos got baked to write The Lobster but it does seem like the stoned ramblings of someone brainstorming about an imaginary world where people must form couples or else be turned into animals.” The first half of the film is great, before it narrows its focus a little too tightly in the second half. That’s been the main observation by many who saw it at Cannes and it is my main issue as well. Lanthimos is a true talent, Dogtooth is one of the great movies of the past half decade. He encompasses and creates worlds unlike any other. Did he get super baked to write this picture? If so, more directors should meet his dealer. The visual and surreal nature of the first hour is a breath of fresh air, the hotel in which these strangers stay in is gorgeously thought out and a world which I wish the film dealt with at greater lengths. This is a film that is truly a breath of fresh air amid some of the stuffier Oscar fare playing here.
The Danish Girl premiered at Venice but did not travel to Telluride. Directed by Tom Hooper, it stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the first persons known to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Surprisingly, the role shares many similarities with Redmayne’s Oscar-winning turn in The Theory of Everything, focusing on a marriage where the wife makes extraordinary concessions for her husband’s sudden dramatic crisis. Redmayne’s performance in The Theory of Everything was harrowing and brilliant. In his second run in a row for Best Actor, he’s more tender, gentle and sensitive. Hooper shoots the film exactly as you would expect him to: safely, dependably, elegantly and somewhat guardedly. Although Redmayne’s performance will be the main attraction for most people, attention should be paid more thoroughly to his co-star Alicia Vikander who gives a brilliant performance as Gerda Wegener, the wife. Vikander is a star in the making, just like Felicity Jones was in Theory, and provides much needed artistry to the film’s masterpiece theater setting. The subject matter is provocative, Redmayne’s transformation is convincing, Vikander is hot and an actress to be reckoned with.
Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan won the Palme D’Or this year at Cannes and caused a slight backlash because of it. Don’t listen to the critics; this French film is top notch. It features a great performance from lead Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who plays a former Sri Lankan Tamil warrior fleeing his native country along with two Sri Lankan women, seeking refuge in what they think is a peaceful neighborhood in France. Many refugees in the film have lied to get away from the civil war in Sri Lanka. Dheepan and his companions pretend they are a family of three, but in reality they are not father, mother and daughter. Understandably, there’s ample reason for tension between the three of them, which is clearly felt in every scene.
The film tells what transpires when title character, a former Tamil Tiger, takes a job as a caretaker in a crime- and drugs-ridden apartment block in the Paris suburbs. Many immigrants have fled the strife of their own country, only to find themselves embroiled in deadly struggles of a different kind. As a caretaker of a rundown building, Deephan is faced with problems he clearly doesn’t see coming, since the place has been overrun by gangsters who conduct their business with brutality on a nightly basis. This doesn’t sit well with the main character, who’s clearly dealing with a case of PTSD, so he decides to take matters into his own hands. In the end, the peaceful caretaker Dheepan is forced to become a fierce fighter once again.
The film is raw and one of the very best to address the Sri Lankan Tamil conflict. Audiard has sometimes struggled to give his great films a proper climax (A Prophert, Rust and Bone) and Deephan is perhaps another example of that. The last several minutes may be divisive, but the resonance the film leaves for the viewer is rare in cinema these days. It provokes, asks questions, and provides an emotional experience that is hard to shake.

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