Four Lions (UK, dir. Chris Morris)
After the dis-jointed, exploding-piñata-style shower of wildly varying films of note in 2009, 2010 seems to be blessed with comparative unity. From Four Lions to Carlos to Shutter Island to 13 Assassins to The Fighter to Black Death to True Grit to The Town, a macho vein runs through many of the year’s most notable releases. Each of these films satisfies in particular for their exploration of the conflict between macho ideas of the way manhood should be and the reality of dealing with the obstacles that stand in the way of an impossible ideal.
In less virile theatres, at the Guadalajara film fest, Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras made a splash and ruffled many feathers with its irreverent, uncompromisingly plebeian depiction of Colombian society. Director Carlos Gaviria’s erratic but skillfully handled hand-brake turns from brutal dramatic tragedy into brutal satirical comedy and the compelling performances of lead actors, Paola Bandión Fischer and Julián Román, earn this illusive film a place on the must see list of Latin cinema.
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No.7 on the list Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras (Colombia, dir. Carlos Gaviria)
2010 Watchlist: 127 HOURS – ANIMAL KINGDOM – THE ARBOR – ARCHIPELAGO – BLUE VALENTINE – CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS – CARANCHO – CERTIFIED COPY – ESSENTIAL KILLING – I AM SLAVE – I SAW THE DEVIL – THE ILLUSIONIST – IN A BETTER WORLD – INSIDE JOB – OF GODS AND MEN – OUTRAGE – RESTREPO – SENNA – SUBMARINE – UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES – VIVA RIVA!
13 Assassins (Japan, dir. Takashi Miike)
MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The cannibal household of SOMOS LO QUE HAY (Mexico, dir. Jorge Michel Grau)
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