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In Film on December 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

A sucker for both lists and polls…and film, it was with great pleasure that I completed Margaret and David’s At the Movies Viewers Choice Poll. Reading the list of all the films released this year, however, I was a bit disappointed to realise how many I had missed out on! I have seen 26 films thus far…

Baader-Meinhof Complex, The
Balibo
Bastardy
Beautiful Kate
Blessed
Boys are Back, The
Bruno
Coco Avant Chanel
Disgrace
Doubt
Elegy
Genova
Informant, The
Julie & Julia
Katyn
Mary and Max
Milk
Ponyo
Reader, The
Red Cliff
Revolutionary Road
Samson and Delilah
September Issue, The
Three Blind Mice
Tulpan
Wake In Fright

The most traumatic cinematic experience this year was a tie between Tulpan and Bruno. Tulpan was actually the only film I walked out of; I somehow managed to reach a meditative state of detachment with which to endure Bruno. I thought it was a fantastic year for Australian films – the hauntingly beautiful cinematography and soundtrack of Beautiful Kate; the powerful narrative of The Boys are Back; and the demanding but truly rewarding Samson and Delilah, a deeply moving yet humorous portrait of indigenous youth.

But let us return to list-making! To the films I missed and wished I hadn’t. A quantitative survey of DVDs to rent.

$9.99
Black Ice
Cedar Boys
Class, The
Combination, The
Contact
Departures
Frozen River
Gomorrah
Inglourious Basterds
Let The Right One In
My Year Without Sex
Public Enemies
Soloist, The
Sunshine Cleaning
Van Diemen’s Land

And I think there’s room for another list. The films I want to see before year’s end. Let’s make it a goal.

Antichrist
Bright Star

French Kissers, The

In Search Of Beethoven

Update 14.12.09: One down, three to go. I went to an advance screening of The French Kissers yesterday, keen to see the breakout comedy sensation of the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival first-hand. Perhaps I should have read a review before skipping off to the cinema, because my hopes of some light-hearted escapism were quickly dashed. Riad Sattouf’s debut film is a squeamishly realistic portrait of adolescence. Pimples, orthodontics, practice-kissing and masturbation punctuate a frank portrayal of a group of French teenagers fumbling their way through high-school romance and sexual awakening. But while some of the scenes are cripplingly embarrassing to watch, much of it is hilarious. Infused with that very French style of slapstick, this coming-of-age film is a refreshing alternative to the glamorous, blow-dried American teen flicks.

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