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BEST OF 2005 (RANKED)

by Sandy Connell
Caché (France/Austria, dir. Michael Haneke) There has never been such a thing as a meagre year for cinema, however I would not describe 2005 as a spectacular year of releases (so far – my watchlist goes deeper than the films I have included below). That said, one couldn’t ask for a Top 5 richer than Michael Haneke’s most understated masterpiece, a Terrence Malick film, the last film from Fabián Bielinsky and no less than two genre-twisting offerings from the Mobile Republic of Werner Herzog. Beyond those, the conclusion of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy (in which the director’s passion for kitsch reached levels as squirmy as the… Read more


Caché (France/Austria, dir. Michael Haneke)

There has never been such a thing as a meagre year for cinema, however I would not describe 2005 as a spectacular year of releases (so far – my watchlist goes deeper than the films I have included below). That said, one couldn’t ask for a Top 5 richer than Michael Haneke’s most understated masterpiece, a Terrence Malick film, the last film from Fabián Bielinsky and no less than two genre-twisting offerings from the Mobile Republic of Werner Herzog.

Beyond those, the conclusion of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy (in which the director’s passion for kitsch reached levels as squirmy as the trilogy’s violence) and the second of Byambasuren Davaa’s Mongolian slice-of-life series provided reasons to be cheerful from Asia, whilst Fabián Bielinsky’s El Aura and Marcelo Piñeyro’s adaptation of El Método provided grit and intrigue in the year’s Spanish-language releases.

By far the decade’s most sexually explicit and absurd rumination on the responsibilities of fatherhood and growing up came from Japan’s low-rent pink cinema sub-genre in the form of The Strange Saga of Hiroshi the Freeloading Sexmachine.


El Aura (Argentina, dir. Fabián Bielinsky)


The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Germany/Mongolia, dir. Byambasuren Davaa)

2005 Watchlist: BATTLE IN HEAVEN -THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPEDBLACK SUNTHE BLOODIESTTHE DEATH OF MR LĂZĂRESCU – HOUSE OF SANDTHE LAST KING OF SCOTLANDLUNACYTHE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGETHE SQUID & THE WHALETHE SUNTHE WAYWARD CLOUD


Lady Vengeance (South Korea, dir. Park Chan-wook)

Honorable Mention: A COCK & BULL STORYCAPOTEA HISTORY OF VIOLENCEMATCH POINTMIRRORMASKNO DIRECTION HOMETHE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADAWHO I AM AND WHAT I WANT (short)


BEST TITLE OF THE YEAR: The Strange Saga of Hiroshi the Freeloading Sexmachine (Japan, dir. Yûji Tajiri)

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