Thursday, January 27, 2005

Zappa


1983, Denmark, directed by Bille August

As coming-of-age stories go, Zappa is far more bitter than sweet: it's nothing like the heartwarming Swedish My Life As A Dog, made a year later and set a few years earlier. Zappa follows an odd trio of boys in early 1960s Copenhagen: rich kid Steen, a manipulative bully who has everything but the love of his high bourgeois parents; middle-class Bjorn, with whom we're invited to identify most closely; and good-hearted working-class Mulle, the reliable gag-man. From such unpromisingly clichéd raw materials, Bille August fashions a very affecting series of snapshots, as Bjorn in particular navigates the shoals of adolescence and figures out how best to free himself from the malign influence of Steen. The sense of time and place is perfectly judged, with the class tensions of post-war Europe (even in reputedly egalitarian Denmark) in clear relief. The young actors are spot on, as is so often the case in Scandinavian cinema: from their work, you'd assume they all went on to long careers in the movies, but you'd be mistaken. A little patience is needed to let this movie work its spell, but it's worth the investment.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Infernal Affairs

2002, Hong Kong, directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak

This one is a real find. While Hong Kong cop/robber flicks tend to be wall-to-wall action (not a bad thing if it's well done), Infernal Affairs quickly reveals itself to be a far more interesting creature as it explores the trials and tribulations of two moles, one an undercover cop in the Triads, the other a Triad who kept his nose clean and went through the police academy. If that sounds far-fetched, the directors do a skilful job of making it seem perfectly logical, helped enormously by the quality of the acting, from the stars to the supporting parts (it's a huge improvement on some similar HK flicks, with their inane comedy interludes). The directors have a great eye for detail, whether the planning of a drug trade or a police bust, and there's one fabulous scene that brings cops and crims together for a face-off in the police station. Since this is HK cinema, the bullets still fly now and then, but the plot is the real action here.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Intimate Strangers


2004, France, directed by Patrice Leconte (original title: Confidences trop intimes)

One of those movies that seemed to split the critics, I was surprised by both the raves and the pans. While Fabrice Luchini hasn't been this good in a long, long time (partly because no-one gives him a decent part), the film does drag in sections. There's a degree of repetition that allows you to reflect too long on the basic unlikeliness of the scenario (a woman walks into an accountant's office under the impression he's a psychologist and once her mistake is discovered, continues to show up for conversations with the nebbish tax expert). Still, as an exercise in style as much as anything else, the movie doesn't really care about suspension of disbelief, for it constructs its own very self-contained world, within which these characters make sense. Sandrine Bonnaire is rather pallid here; she can be fierce at times but here that fire is largely hidden by an underwritten role. Ultimately, a slight sense of disappointment hinges on the fact that Leconte has made at least a half-dozen very fine movies, and this one doesn't quite measure up.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

It All Starts Today


1999, France, directed by Bertrand Tavernier (original title: Ça commence aujourd'hui)

It All Starts Today is the tale of Daniel, a schoolteacher in the northern part of France, an area devastated by decades of economic decline. His little village school struggles under every imaginable strain: lack of resources, grinding poverty, occasionally abusive parents, and an administrative system so dysfunctional it can barely assist with the most fundamental needs of the school. Daniel, however, is almost tirelessly engaged in improving the school, for its teachers and its students, trying everything possible to involve and revive the community. Although parts of the film are quite devastating in their documentary feel (reminiscent of Tavernier's L.627; Didier Bezace, star of that film, pops up in a key small role here), there are rays of hope, too: the film is a kind of cry for help, but it's also one that makes you want to become involved, rather than simply hoping that someone else will deal with the problem. Philippe Torreton is superb in the lead role, and there's no shortage of able support. Bruno Dumont and others have made several deeply depressing movies about this part of France in recent years, and Tavernier's humanist alternative is a refreshing corrective.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Index of films

Titles are listed in strict alphabetical order, with no regard to word breaks (articles, including in languages other than English, are not deemed to be part of the title). Many films are listed under both English and non-English titles if both are in common usage.

Abouna
(2002, Chad/France, Mahamet Saleh Haroun)Across the Pacific (1942, US, John Huston (with Vincent Sherman))
Adam and Paul (2004, Ireland, Lenny Abrahamson)Afrique, je te plumerai (1993, Cameroon/France/Germany, Jean-Marie Teno)Alien (1979, UK/US, Ridley Scott)Allah Tantou (1991, Guinea, David Achkar)All Through the Night (1942, US, Vincent Sherman)
Almost Famous (2000, US, Cameron Crowe)Amazing Grace (2007, UK/US, Michael Apted)The American Friend 1977, West Germany, Wim Wenders)
American Gangster (2007, US, Ridley Scott)Der Amerikanische Freund (1977, West Germany, Wim Wenders)
L'Ami y'a bon (2004, France, Rachid Bouchareb)Anchorman (2004, US, Adam McKay)
L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961, France/Italy, Alain Resnais)The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (US, 2007, Andrew Dominik)
L'Atalante (1934, France, Jean Vigo)Atonement (2007, UK/France, Joe Wright)Away From Her (2007, Canada, Sarah Polley)



Baby Face (1933, US, Alfred E. Green)
Baby Mama (2008, US, Michael McCullers)Back to the Future (1985, US, Robert Zemeckis)Back to the Future Part II (1989, US, Robert Zemeckis)Back to the Future Part III (1990, US, Robert Zemeckis)Bad Company (2002, US, Joel Schumacher)The Bad News Bears (1976, US, Michael Ritchie)
La Baie des anges (1963, France, Jacques Demy)
Bamako (2006, Mali/US/France, Abderrahmane Sissako)
Bande à part (1964, France, Jean-Luc Godard)Band of Outsiders (1964, France, Jean-Luc Godard)
The Band's Visit (2007, Israel/France/US, Eran Kolirin)Banlieue 13 (2004, France, Pierre Morel)
Batman Begins (2005, US, Christopher Nolan)Bay of Angels (1963, France, Jacques Demy)
The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005, France, Jacques Audiard)
Beau fixe (1992, France, Christian Vincent)
Beautiful Thing (1996, UK, Hettie MacDonald)
Before Sunrise (1995, US/Austria/Switzerland, Richard Linklater)
The Best of Youth (2003, Italy, Marco Tullio Giordana)Bewitched (2005, US, Nore Ephron)Bicycle Thieves (1948, Italy, Vittorio De Sica)
Black and White (2002, Australia/UK, Craig Lahiff)Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007, US, Ridley Scott)Blissfully Yours (2002, Thailand/France, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
El Bola (2000, Spain, Achero Mañas)
Borat (2006, US, Larry Charles)The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, US, Paul Greengrass)
Braindead (1992, New Zealand, Peter Jackson)
Brassed Off (1996, UK, Mark Herman)Breach (2007, US, Billy Ray)
Breaking News (2004, Hong Kong, Johnnie To)
The Break-Up (2006, US, Peyton Reed)Bride and Prejudice (2004, UK/US, Gurinder Chadha)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (UK/US, Beeban Kidron)Brief Encounter (1946, UK, David Lean)
Brokeback Mountain (2005, US, Ang Lee)La Bûche (1999, France, Danièle Thompson)The Bucket List (2007, US, Rob Reiner)Bye Bye Africa (1998, Chad/France, Mahamat Saleh Haroun)


Caché (2005, France/Germany/Austria, Michael Haneke)
Camp de Thiaroye (1987, Senegal/Tunisa/Algeria, Ousmane Sembène)Ça commence aujourd'hui (1999, France, Bertrand Tavernier)Call of the Wild (2007, US, Ron Lamothe)Capote (2005, US, Bennett Miller)
Captain Blood (1935, US, Michael Curtiz)
Casino Royale (2006, US/UK, Martin Campbell)Catch and Release (2007, US, Susannah Grant)
Catch Me If You Can (2002, US, Steven Spielberg)Ça twiste à Poponguine (1994, Senegal, Moussa Sene Absa)Un Certain matin (1991, Burkina Faso, Fanta Régina Nacro)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, US, Tim Burton)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007, US, Mike Nichols)
La Chèvre (1981, France/Mexico, Francis Veber)
La Chienne (1931, France, Jean Renoir)
Children of Men (2006, UK/US, Alfonso Cuarón)
Les Choristes (2004, France, Christophe Barratier)The Chorus (2004, France, Christophe Barratier)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, US, Andrew Adamson)The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008, US, Andrew Adamson)
The Cimarron Kid (1952, US, Budd Boetticher)A Cinderella Story (2004, US, Mark Rosman)
Claire's Knee (1970, France, Eric Rohmer)Clando (1996, Cameroon/France/Germany, Jean-Marie Teno)
The Class (2008, France, Laurent Cantet)
Cleaner (2007, US, Renny Harlin)
Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962, France, Agnès Varda)Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962, France, Agnès Varda)
Click (2006, US, Frank Coraci)Closer (2004, US, Mike Nichols)
Cocktail (1988, US, Roger Donaldson)
Code Inconnu (2000, France/Germany, Michael Haneke)Code Unknown (2000, France/Germany, Michael Haneke)
A Colour Box (1935, UK, Len Lye)
La Commare secca (1962, Italy, Bernardo Bertolucci)Comment je me suis disputé... ("ma vie sexuelle") (1996, France, Arnaud Desplechin)
The Commitments (1991, UK/Ireland, Alan Parker)
Common Wealth (2000, Spain, Alex de la Iglesia)
La Comunidad (2000, Spain, Alex de la Iglesia)Confidences trop intimes (2004, France, Patrice Leconte)
The Constant Gardener (2005, UK, Fernando Meirelles)
Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005, South Africa, Khalo Matabane)Cop au vin (1985, France, Claude Chabrol)
Le Corbeau (1943, France, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Crash (2005, US, Paul Haggis)
Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (1936, France, Jean Renoir)Les Croix de bois (1932, France, Raymond Bernard)Cure (1997, Japan, Kurosawa Kiyoshi)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, US, David Fincher)
The Curse of the Golden Flower (2006, Hong Kong/China, Zhang Yimou)
Dakan (1997, Guinea, Mohamed Camara)
Les Dames du bois de Boulogne (1945, France, Robert Bresson)
Danger UXB (1979, UK, various: television series)
Dan in Real Life (2007, US, Peter Hedges)
Dark Habits (1983, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar)
The Dark Knight (2008, US, Christopher Nolan)
The Da Vinci Code (2006, US, Ron Howard)
Days of Being Wild (1991, Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai)
Dead Alive (1992, New Zealand, Peter Jackson)
Dear Frankie (2004, UK, Shona Auerbach)
Death at a Funeral (2007, US/UK, Frank Oz)
Death Defying Acts (2008, UK/Australia, Gillian Armstrong)De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (2005, France, Jacques Audiard)
Definitely, Maybe (2008, US, Adam Brooks)
Déjà Vu (2006, US, Tony Scott)
Delwende (2005, Burkina Faso/France/Switzerland, S. Pierre Yaméogo)
The Departed (2006, US, Martin Scorsese)
Désordre (France, 1986, Olivier Assayas)
Les Destinées sentimentales (2000, France, Olivier Assayas)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006, US, David Frankel)Diamonds Are Forever (1971, UK, Guy Hamilton)
Diarios de motocicleta (20054, US/Germany/UK, Walter Salles)
Disco Pigs (2001, Ireland/UK, Kirsten Sheridan)
District B13 (2004, France, Pierre Morel)
Domino (2005, US, Tony Scott)
Doubt (2008, US, John Patrick Shanley)
Dr. No (1962, UK, Terence Young)
Duplicity (2009, US, Tony Gilroy)
Eastern Promises (2007, UK/Canada/US, David Cronenberg)Elsker dig for evigt (2002, Denmark, Susanne Bier)Emitai (1971, Senegal, Ousmane Sembène)
Emma
(1996, UK/US, Douglas McGrath)Empire of the Sun (1987, US, Steven Spielberg)Employees' Entrance (1933, US, Roy Del Ruth)
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995, UK, Christopher Monger)
Entre les murs (2008, France, Laurent Cantet)
Entre tinieblas (1983, Spain, Pedro Almodóvar)
Everything Goes (2004, Australia, Andrew Kotatko)

Faat Kiné (2000, Senegal, Ousmane Sembène)Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, US, Amy Heckerling)Female (1933, US, Michael Curtiz)Feux rouges (2004, France, Cédric Kahn)
Fever Pitch (2005, US, Peter & Bobby Farrelly)
I Fidanzati (1963, Italy, Ermanno Olmi)
La Fille de l'eau (1925, France, Jean Renoir)The Final Cut (2004, US, Omar Naïm)
Finding Neverland (2004, US/UK, Marc Forster)
La Fin du jour (1939, France, Julien Duvivier)Finzan (1989, Mali, Cheick Oumar Sissoko)Flawless (2007, UK, Michael Radford)Flightplan (2005, US, Robert Schwentke)
Floating Weeds (1959, Japan, Ozu Yasujiro)
Fools Rush In (1997, US, Andy Tennant)Footloose (1984, US, Herbert Ross)
For Your Eyes Only (1981, UK/US, John Glen)Fracture (2007, US, Gregory Hoblit)
Fred Claus (2007, US, David Dobkin)
Freedom Writers (2007, US, Richard LaGravenese)
Friday Night (2002, France, Claire Denis)
Friday Night Lights (2004, US, Peter Berg)
Friends with Money (2006, US, Nicole Holofcener)

From Russia With Love (1963, UK, Terence Young)Fulltime Killer (2001, Hong Kong, Johnnie To)
Gandhi (1982, UK, Richard Attenborough)Garage (2007, Ireland, Lenny Abrahamson)
Garde à vue (1981, France, Claude Miller)
Gegen die Wand (2004, Germany/Turkey, Fatih Akin)Le Genou de Claire (1970, France, Eric Rohmer)
Germania anno zero (1948, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
Germany Year Zero (1948, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
Get Smart (2008, US, Peter Segal)Gettysburg (1993, US, Ron Maxwell)Ghost Town (2008, US, David Koepp)
Goldfinger (1964, UK, Guy Hamilton)
Good Morning (1959, Japan, Ozu Yasujiro)Good Night, and Good Luck (2005, US, George Clooney)Gone Baby Gone (2007, US, Ben Affleck)
The Good Shepherd (2006, US, Robert De Niro)Gossip (2000, US, Davis Guggenheim)Goupi Mains Rouges (1943, France, Jacques Becker)
Le Goût des autres (2000, France, Agnès Jaoui)The Graduate (1967, US, Mike Nichols)
Le Grand blanc de Lambaréné (1995, Gabon/Cameroon/France, Bassek Ba Kobhio)
Gran Torino (2008, US, Clint Eastwood)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, US, Isao Takahata)
Greenfingers (2000, UK/US, Joel Hershman)
Green for Danger (1946, UK, Sidney Gilliat)
Gremlins (1984, US, Joe Dante)The Grim Reaper (1962, Italy, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Guelwaar (1992, Senegal, Ousmane Sembène)Guimba (1995, Mali/Burkina Faso/France, Cheick Oumar Sissoko)
Half Nelson (2006, US, Ryan Fleck)Hancock (2008, US, Peter Berg)
Hard-Boiled (1992, Hong Kong, John Woo)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, US/UK, Mike Newell)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, UK/USA, David Yates)Hatari! (1962, US, Howard Hawks)
Haughey (2005, Ireland, Niamh Sammon for RTE)
Head-On (2004, Germany/Turkey, Fatih Akin)
The Hero (2004, Angola/France/Portugal, Zézé Gamboa)
O herói (2004, Angola/France/Portugal, Zézé Gamboa)
A History of Violence (2005, US, David Cronenberg)The Host (2006, South Korea, Bong Joon-ho)Hostage (2005, US, Florent Emilio Siri)Hot Fuzz (2007, UK, Edgar Wright)
Hunger (2008, UK/Ireland, Steve McQueen)
I Am Legend (2007, US, directed by Francis Lawrence)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006, US, Carlos Saldanha)The Illusionist (2006, US, Neil Burger)
I'm Not Scared(2003, Italy, Gabriele Salvatores)
In & Out (1997, US, Frank Oz)
In Bruges (2008, UK/Ireland, Martin McDonagh)
The Incredible Hulk (2008, US, Louis Leterrier)Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, US, Steven Spielberg)Infamy (2005, US, Doug Pray)
Infernal Affairs (2002, Hong Kong, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak)Infernal Affairs II (2003, Hong Kong, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak)Infernal Affairs III (2003, Hong Kong, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak)
In Her Shoes (2005, US, Curtis Hanson)
In My Father's Den (2004, New Zealand, Brad McGann)
Inside Man (2006, US, Spike Lee)
The Insider (1999, US, Michael Mann)
Inspecteur Lavardin (1986, France, Claude Chabrol)
The Interpreter (2005, US, Sydney Pollack)Intimate Strangers (2004, France, Patrice Leconte)
The Intruder (2004, France, Claire Denis)
L'Intrus (2004, France, Claire Denis)
Io non ho paura (2003, Italy, Gabriele Salvatores)
The Iron Giant (1999, US, Brad Bird)
Iron Man (2008, US, Jon Favreau)It All Starts Today (1999, France, Bertrand Tavernier)
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006, Kenya/Mexico/Spain, Diego Quemada-Diez)

Japanese Story (2003, Australia, Sue Brooks)Jarhead (2005, US, Sam Mendes)
Jaws (1975, US, Steven Spielberg)
Jinx Sister (2008, New Zealand, Athina Tsoulis)
Journal d'un curé de campagne (1950, France, Robert Bresson)
Der junge Törless (1966, West Germany, Volker Schlöndorff)Juno (2007, US, Jason Reitman)
Just Like Heaven (2005, US, Mark S. Waters)
Kanto Wanderer (1963, Japan, Suzuki Seijun)Keïta! L’héritage du griot (1995, Burkina Faso, Dani Kouyaté)
Keeping Mum (2005, UK, Niall Johnson)
Keep It For Yourself (1991, US/France, Claire Denis)
Kicking and Screaming (1995, US, Noah Baumbach)Kinamand (2005, Denmark, Henk Ruben Genz)Kitchen Stories (2003, Norway/Sweden, Bent Hamer)The Kingdom (2007, US, Peter Berg)
King Kong (2005, US/New Zealand, Peter Jackson)
King Solomon's Mines (1950, US, Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton)Kinky Boots (2005, UK, Julian Jarrold)Knocked Up (2007, US, Judd Apatow)Kung Fu Panda (2008, US, Mark Osborne and John Stevenson)

El Laberinto del Fauno (2006, Spain/Mexico/US, Guillermo del Toro)
Ladri di biciclette (1948, Italy, Vittorio De Sica)
The Lake House (2006, US, Alejandro Agresti)
Lars and the Real Girl (2007, US, Craig Gillespie)
Last Holiday (2006, US, Wayne Wang)
The Last King of Scotland (2006, UK, Kevin Macdonald)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992, US, Michael Mann)Last Year at Marienbad (1961, France/Italy, Alain Resnais)
Liar Liar (1997, US, Tom Shadyac)
Life on Earth (1998, France/Mali, Abderrahmane Sissako)
Das Leben der anderen (2006, Germany, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)
Little Black Book (2004, US, Nick Hurran)Little Miss Sunshine (2006, US, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
Live and Let Die (1973, UK, Guy Hamilton)The Lives of Others (2006, Germany, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)Lola rennt (1998, Germany, Tom Tykwer)
Un Long dimanche de fiançailles (2004, France/US, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)Lord of War (2005, US, Andrew Niccol)Lords of Dogtown (2005, US, Catherine Hardwicke)
Lost in Time (2003, Hong Kong, Derek Yee)
A Lot Like Love (2005, US, Nigel Cole)
Lucky Number Slevin (2006, US, Paul McGuigan)Lumumba (2000, France/Belgium/Germany/Haiti, Raoul Peck)
Lumumba, la mort du prophète (1992, France/Switzerland, Raoul Peck)
The Maltese Falcon (1931, US, Roy del Ruth)The Maltese Falcon (1941, US, John Huston)
The Man (2005, US, Les Mayfield)Mandabi (1968, Senegal/France, Ousmane Sembène)
The Man From the Alamo (1953, US, Budd Boetticher)Man on Fire (2005, US, Tony Scott)Mansfield Park (1999, UK, Patricia Rozema)The Man with the Golden Gun (1974, UK, Guy Hamilton)
Maria Full of Grace (2004, US/Colombia, Joshua Marston)Matador (2005, US, Richard Shepard)The Matchmaker (1997, US/UK, Mark Joffe)
Match Point (2005, UK, Woody Allen)
Matchstick Men (2003, US, Ridley Scott)La Maternelle (1933, France, Jean Benoît-Lévy and Marie Epstein)
La Meglio gioventù (2003, Italy, Marco Tullio Giordana)
Memories of Murder (2003, South Korea, Bong Joon-ho)
Mercury Rising (1998, US, Harold Becker)Michael Clayton (2007, US, Tony Gilroy)Les Misérables (1934, France, Raymond Bernard)
The Mission (1999, Hong Kong, Johnnie To)
Mission: Impossible III (2006, US, J.J. Abrams)
Modern Times (1936, US, Charles Chaplin)
Monster House (2006, US, Gil Kenan)Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, UK, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones)
Moonraker (1979, UK/US, Lewis Gilbert)The Motorcycle Diaries (20054, US/Germany/UK, Walter Salles)
La Moustache (2005, France, Emmanuel Carrère)Mr Brooks (2007, US, Bruce A. Evans)
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (2005, UK/US, Dan Ireland)Munich (2005, US, Steven Spielberg)Music and Lyrics (2007, US, Marc Lawrence)
My Sassy Girl (2008, US, Yann Samuell)Mysterious Object at Noon (2001, Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Nana (1926, France, Jena Renoir)National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007, US, Jon Turteltaub)
The Navigators (2001, UK, Ken Loach)
Ne le dis à personne (2006, France, Guillaume Canet)
The Nest (2002, France, Florent Emilio Siri)Never Been Kissed (1999, US, Raja Gosnell)
Nid de guêpes (2002, France, Florent Emilio Siri)
The Night of Truth (2004, Burkina Faso/France, Fanta Régina Nacro)No Country For Old Men (2007, US, Joel and Ethan Coen)
La Noire de… (1966, Senegal/France, Ousmane Sembène)
North Country (2005, US, Niki Caro)La Nuit de la vérité (2004, Burkina Faso/France, Fanta Régina Nacro)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007, US, Steven Soderbergh)
Ohayô (1959, Japan, Ozu Yasujiro)On a Clear Day (2005, UK, Gaby Dellal)Once (2007, Ireland, John Carney)
Once Upon a Time in China (1991, Hong Kong, Tsui Hark)On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, UK, Peter R. Hunt)On the Edge (2001, Ireland, John Carney)
Open Hearts (2002, Denmark, Susanne Bier)Osama (2003, Afghanistan/Netherlands/Japan/Iran, Siddiq Barmak)
Ossessione (1942, Italy, Luchino Visconti)Ouaga Saga (2004, Burkina Faso/France, Dani Kouyaté)

Paisà (1946, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)Paisan (1946, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
The Painted Veil (2006, US/China, John Curran)Pan's Labyrinth (2006, Spain/Mexico/US, Guillermo del Toro)
Papy fait de la résistance (1983, France, Jean-Marie Poiré)Partie de campagne (1936, France, Jean Renoir)
Penelope (2006, UK/US, Mark Palansky)
Persuasion (1995, UK, Roger Michell)
Le Petit lieutenant (2005, France, Xavier Beauvois)La Petite vendeuse de Soleil (1999, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty)Philadelphia (1993, US, Jonathan Demme)Pickpocket (1959, France, Robert Bresson)
Pièces d’identités (1998, DR Congo/France/Belgium, Mweze Ngangura)Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, US, Gore Verbinski)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006, US, Gore Verbinski)
Poisson d'avril (1954, France, Gilles Grangier)
Possum (1997, New Zealand, Brad McGann)Il Posto (1961, Italy, Ermanno Olmi)
Poulet au vinaigre (1985, France, Claude Chabrol)Les Poupées russes (2005, France/UK, Cédric Klapisch)A Prairie Home Companion (2006, US, Robert Altman)
Préparez vos mouchoirs (1978, France, Bertrand Blier)Premonition (2007, US, Mennan Yapo)The Prestige (2006, US, Christopher Nolan)
The Price of Milk (2001, New Zealand, Harry Sinclair)
Pride and Prejudice (2005, UK/France, Joe Wright)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969, UK, Ronald Neame)Proof (2005, US, John Madden)
The Proposition (2005, Australia/UK, John Hillcoat)P.S. I Love You (2007, US, Richard LaGravenese)
Punishment Park (1971, UK/US, Peter Watkins)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006, US, Gabriele Muccini)

Quantum of Solace (2008, UK/US, Marc Forster)Quartier Mozart (1992, Cameroon, Jean-Pierre Bekolo)
The Queen (2006, UK, Stephen Frears)Quinceañera (2006, US, Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland)

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002, Australia, Phillip Noyce)
Rain of the Children (2008, New Zealand, Vincent Ward)Ratatouille (US, 2007, Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava)Red Eye (2005, US, Wes Craven)
Red Lights (2004, France, Cédric Kahn)Requiem (2006, Germany, Hans-Christian Schmid)
Return to Me (2000, US, Bonnie Hunt)River of No Return (1954, US, Otto Preminger)
Roma, città aperta (1945, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)Rome Open City (1945, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
Rostov-Luanda (1997, Germany/Angola, Abderrahmane Sissako)
Run Lola Run (1998, Germany, Tom Tykwer)
Running Out of Time (1999, Hong Kong, Johnnie To)

Le Salaire de la peur/The Wages of Fear (1953, France, Henri-Georges Clouzot)Salvatore Giuliano (1962, Italy, Francesco Rosi)
Samoan Wedding (2006, New Zealand, Chris Graham)Sango Malo (1990, Cameroon, Bassek Ba Kobhio)Sansho the Bailiff (1954, Japan, Mizoguchi Kenji)Satan Met a Lady (1936, US, William Dieterle)Save the Last Dance (2001, US, Thomas Carter)
The Saviour (2005, Australia, Peter Templeman)The School of Rock (2003, US, Richard Linklater)Secondhand Lions (2003, US, Tim McCanlies)Secret Agent (1936, UK, Alfred Hitchcock)
Selbe: One Among Many (1983, Senegal/Germany, Safi Faye)
S'en fout la mort (1990, France, Claire Denis)Serenity (2005, US, Joss Whedon)The Set-Up (1949, US, Robert Wise)
Seventh Continent (1989, Austria, Michael Haneke)
Sexy Beast (2000, UK, Jonathan Glazer)
Shallow Hal (2001, US, Peter and Bobby Farrelly)Shaolin Soccer (2001, Hong Kong, Stephen Chow)
Shark Tale (2004, US, Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenson, Rob Letterman)Shoot 'Em Up (2007, US, Michael Davis)Shopgirl (2005, US, Anand Tucker)Der Siebente Kontinent (1989, Austria, Michael Haneke)
Sione's Wedding (2006, New Zealand, Chris Graham)
Sisters of Gion (1936, Japan, Mizoguchi Kenji)
The Skeleton Key (2005, US, Iain Softley)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008, UK/India, Danny Boyle (and Loveleen Tandan))Sometimes in April (2005, US/Rwanda, Raoul Peck)Son of Rambow (2008, UK/France/Germany, Garth Jennings)
Sous les toits de Paris (1930, France, René Clair)
Spanglish (2004, US, James L. Brooks)Speed (1994, US, Jan de Bont)The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, UK, Lewis Gilbert)Stage Beauty (2004, UK/Germany/USA, Richard Eyre)
Stage Door (1937, US, Gregory La Cava)
Starsky and Hutch (2004, US, Todd Phillips)
Steel Magnolias (1989, US, Herbert Ross)The Stepford Wives (2004, US, Frank Oz)
A Story of Floating Weeds (1934, Japan, Ozu Yasujiro)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006, US, Marc Forster)Street Kings (US, David Ayer)
Sunshine (2007, UK, Danny Boyle)
Superbad (1997, US, Greg Mottola)Swingers (1996, US, Doug Liman)Syndromes and a Century (2006, Thailand/France, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Syriana (2005, US, Stephen Gaghan)

Tableau ferraille (1997, Senegal, Moussa Sene Absa)Talk To Me (2007, US, Kasi Lemmons)
Tandem (1987, France, Patrice Leconte)Tasuma (2004, Burkina Faso/France, Kollo Sanou)
Tell No One (2006, France, Guillaume Canet)
Le Temps du loup (2003, France/Austria/Germany, Michael Haneke)10 Things I Hate About You (1999, US, Gil Junger)Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1959, France, Jean Renoir)Thank You For Smoking (2005, US, Jason Reitman)
Thank You, Mr Moto (1937, US, Norman Foster)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001, US, Jill Sprecher)36 quai des Orfèvres (2004, France, Olivier Marchal)Three Times (2005, Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien)Thunderball (1965, UK, Terence Young)The Tiger's Tail (2006, Ireland, John Boorman)
The Time of the Wolf (2003, France/Austria/Germany, Michael Haneke)
This is Spinal Tap (1984, US, Rob Reiner)Topper (1937, US, Norman Z. McLeod)Touki-Bouki (1973, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty)
The Tracker (2004, Australia, Rolf de Heer)
Trading Places (1983, US, John Landis)
Tristan + Isolde (2006, UK/Germany/US/Czech Republic/Ireland, Kevin Reynolds)Tropical Malady (2004, Thailand/France/Germany/Italy, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)Troy (2004, US, Wolfgang Petersen)Tsotsi (2005, South Africa, Gavin Hood)Twelve Angry Men (1957, US, Sidney Lumet)28 Weeks Later (2007, UK, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)27 Dresses (2008, US, Anne Fletcher)
The Twilight Samurai (2002, Japan, Yamada Yoji)

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953, Japan, Mizoguchi Kenji)
US Go Home (1994, France, Claire Denis)

Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953, France, Jacques Tati)
Vendredi soir (2002, France, Claire Denis)
Venus (2006, UK, Roger Michell)
Vera Drake (2004, UK/France, Mike Leigh)
A Very Long Engagement (2004, France/US, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
La Veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000, France/Canada, Patrice Leconte)
La Vie des morts (1991, France, Arnaud Desplechin)La Vie est à nous (1936, France, Jean Renoir (producer/coordinator))La Vie est belle (1987, Zaïre, Benoît Lamy/Mweze Ngangura)
Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine (1981, France, Patrice Leconte)La Vie sur terre (1998, France/Mali, Abderrahmane Sissako)
The Village (2004, US, M. Night Shyamalan)The Visitor (2008, US, Thomas McCarthy)

The Wages of Fear (1953, France/Italy, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
Waking Ned (1998, UK/France, Kirk Jones)
Walk the Line (2005, US, James Mangold)
WALL-E (2008, US, Andrew Stanton)
Wanted (2008, US, Timur Bekmambetov)The War Game (1965, UK, Peter Watkins)War of the Worlds (2005, US, Steven Spielberg)Water (2005, Canada/India, Deepa Mehta)
Wedding Crashers (2005, United States, David Dobkin)Wênd Kûuni (1982, Burkina Faso, Gaston Kaboré)
Whispering Smith (1948, US, Leslie Fenton)White Lightning (1973, US, Joseph Sargent)The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000, France/Canada, Patrice Leconte)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006, Ireland/UK, Ken Loach)
Winterschläfer (1997, Germany, Tom Tykwer)Winter Sleepers (1997, Germany, Tom Tykwer)
Wolfsburg (2003, Germany, Christian Petzold)Wooden Crosses (1932, France, Raymond Bernard)
The World's Fastest Indian (2005, New Zealand, Roger Donaldson)Written on the Wind (1956, US, Douglas Sirk)

X-Men (2000, US, Bryan Singer)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009, US, Gavin Hood)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, US, Brett Ratner)
X2 (2003, US, Bryan Singer)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Australia, Peter Weir)You, Me and Dupree (2006, US, Anthony and Joe Russo)
Young Törless (1966, West Germany, Volker Schlöndorff)
You Only Live Twice (1967, UK, Lewis Gilbert)
Zan Boko (1988, Burkina Faso, Gaston Kaboré)
Zappa (1983, Denmark, Bille August)Želary (2003, Czech Republic/Slovakia/Austria, Ondrej Trojan)Zodiac (2007, US, David Fincher)
Zoolander (2001, US, Ben Stiller)

Updated May 03, 2009

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