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December 24, 2006

Senses of Cinema End of the Year 'Favorite Film Things' Compilation: 2006


If there is a consistent thread in my selections for this year's Senses of Cinema: 2006 World Poll, it is that these films in one or another define the complexity of human memory, whether alienating in its inescapable persistence, inerasable in its architectural concreteness, frustrating in its grawing consciousness, haunting in its recursive irresolution, and quietly tragic in its sad, consuming delusion.

My Favorite Films for 2006 (in preferential order):

Paprika (Satoshi Kon, 2006)
Días de campo (Days in the Country, Raoul Ruiz, 2004)
Coeurs (Private Fears in Public Places, Alain Resnais, 2006)
Iklimer (Climates, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2006)
Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006)
Woman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo, 2006)
Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
L'Enfer (Danis Tanovic, 2005)
Honor de Cavallería (Quixotic, Albert Serra, 2006)
Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven, Carlos Reygadas, 2005)

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006)
Belle Toujours (Manoel de Oliveira, 2006)
Camden 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006)
Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006)
Kinetta (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2005)
Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
Saratan (Ernest Abdyjaparov, 2005)
United 93 (Paul Greengrass, 2006)
Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2005)
When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)

Posted by acquarello on Dec 24, 2006 | | Filed under 2006


Acquarello, your year-end lists are the ones I tend to revisit the most. I haven't heard of many of these movies, but the fact that you rank them so highly -- and put them alongside some of my faves, like Iraq in Fragments, Pan's Labyrinth, United 93, When the Levees Broke (which Rosenbaum too is calling Spike Lee's masterpiece) -- makes me immediately interested. Syndromes and a Century is my favorite movie of the year if I ignore release dates and such. It just blew me away. I'm just now discovering Hong Sang-soo, and I really regret missing Woman on the Beach in Toronto. I'm on the lookout for it, though.

Thanks for posting.

Posted by: davis on Jan 04, 2007 2:07 AM | Permalink

Thanks, Rob. I must admit, before Syndromes and a Century, I admired Apichatpong's filmmaking more so than the films themselves. Syndromes still had that odd goofiness and parallel bifurcations, but it works a lot more seamlessly this time (unlike Tropical Malady for instance where the second half totally overshadows the first). As for Hong, I think he's been playing it safe since The Turning Gate in terms of structure, so it's great to see him somewhat revisit that complexity (if only in diagrammatic form) with Woman on the Beach. I think it really encapsulates the recurring themes and preoccupations in his films well.

Incidentally, very cool interview with Carlos Reygadas for Paste, and I'm not surprised at all about some of the plot points being autobiographical. The polarity of social class really comes through in the film (the young, rich, beautiful, European-looking privileged class that Ana represents, and the poor, unattractive, "ethnic-looking" working class that Marcos represents), and you do wonder if that profound division is something that can ever be crossed, much less transcended.

Posted by: acquarello on Jan 04, 2007 9:22 AM | Permalink

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