2009: Top 30

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1.
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
2.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
3.
Hadewijch (2009)
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The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
4.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
 
5.
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)
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The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry. (95 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
6.
Plastic Bag (2009 Short Film)
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A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world. (18 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
7.
A Serious Man (2009)
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Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
 
8.
White Material (2009)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life. (106 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
9.
City of Life and Death (2009)
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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. (132 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
 
10.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. (122 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
11.
Life During Wartime (2009)
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Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. (98 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
12.
The Unloved (2009 TV Movie)
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A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger. (106 mins.)
Director: Samantha Morton
 
13.
The Shock Doctrine (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. (79 mins.)
 
14.
Bluebeard (2009)
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An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard. (80 mins.)
 
15.
Thirst (2009)
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Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
16.
About Elly (2009)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. (119 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
17.
The Darkness of Day (2009 Documentary)
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(26 mins.)
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
 
18.
Lost in the Mountains (2009 Short Film)
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(31 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
Stars: Yu-mi Jung
 
19.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
20.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
 
21.
Katalin Varga (2009)
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In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart... (82 mins.)
 
22.
Lourdes (2009)
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In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains. (96 mins.)
Director: Jessica Hausner
 
23.
Moon (2009)
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Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
24.
A Single Man (2009)
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An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles. (99 mins.)
Director: Tom Ford
 
25.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
26.
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra, India's first feature-length B&W silent film. (96 mins.)
Director: Paresh Mokashi
 
27.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
28.
Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles (2009 Documentary)
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Louis visits Coalinga Mental Hospital in California, home to over 500 convicted paedophiles, and spends some time with those undergoing treatment. (45 mins.)
Director: Emma Cooper
 
29.
Polytechnique (2009)
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A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist. (77 mins.)
 
30.
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009 TV Movie)
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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer. (102 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold