Contribution to the 2006 World Poll
My Top Ten this year reflects the limited number of films that I was able to see in 2006 as I am an English-only speaker and for the majority of the year I was living in a non-English speaking country. So due to different release dates not working in my favour and a lack of English subtitles I was prevented from seeing many films that would have probably made it onto my list. I am also ashamed to say that I saw no Australian films at all.
So my list of favourite films (in preferential order) that I happened to see for the first time in 2006 is as follows:
1. Conversations with Other Women (Hans Canosa, 2005)
A film that challenges conventional film style by being entirely in split screen, which becomes integral to the story. Beautiful performed and a genuinely painful film about regret and love lost.
3. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006)
Despite initially looking like a blueprint for every other American independent film about dysfunctional families this turned out to be a wonderful sad-comedy about life’s genuine losers who are never going to achieve any conventional forms of success.
8. Flags of our Fathers (Clint Eastwood, 2006)
Successfully and fittingly pays tribute to the soldiers who experienced the horrors of armed conflict while simultaneously revealing the cynical propaganda machine that exploits images of “war heroes” for political purposes. Depicts war as simply brutal, instead of making it an entertaining spectacle.
11. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
12. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, 2006)
13. Fateless (Lajos Koltai, 2005)
14. L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, 2005)
15. Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006)
16. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, 2006)
17. Transamerica (Duncan Tucker, 2005)
18. A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, 2005)
19. Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005)
20. Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005)