Favourite Films 2009

In my humble opinion the best films released in UK cinemas during 2009.
In alphabetical order, ranking them would be impossible!
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1.
Afterschool (2008)
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An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls. (107 mins.)
Director: Antonio Campos
 
2.
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
 
3.
Big River Man (2009 Documentary)
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Martin Strel attempts to cover 3,375 miles of the Amazon River, the longest continuous swim in history. (100 mins.)
Director: John Maringouin
 
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.
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008 Documentary)
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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (84 mins.)
 
6.
Che: Part One (2008)
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. (134 mins.)
 
7.
Coraline (2009)
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An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
8.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
9.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
10.
Doubt (2008)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
 
11.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007 Documentary)
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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. (99 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
12.
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
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Five key days in a family's life. (114 mins.)
Director: Rémi Bezançon
 
13.
Fish Story (2009)
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In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan... (112 mins.)
 
14.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
15.
Frozen River (2008)
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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
 
16.
Goodbye Solo (2008)
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Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever. (91 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
17.
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)
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The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
18.
Gran Torino (2008)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
19.
Inferno (2009 Documentary)
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Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno, is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary. (102 mins.)
 
20.
Humpday (2009)
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Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project. (94 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
 
21.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
22.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting. (123 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
In the Loop (2009)
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A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
 
25.
Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
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A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country. (98 mins.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
28.
Love Exposure (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
29.
The Maid (2009)
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A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. (95 mins.)
 
30.
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
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In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles. (114 mins.)
 
31.
Mid-August Lunch (2008)
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Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only... (75 mins.)
 
32.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
33.
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
 
34.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
35.
Séraphine (2008)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
36.
Shifty (2008)
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Shifty, a young crack cocaine dealer in London, sees his life quickly spiral out of control when his best friend returns home... (85 mins.)
Director: Eran Creevy
 
37.
Sin Nombre (2009)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. (96 mins.)
 
38.
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
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An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. (120 mins.)
 
39.
Tulpan (2008)
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On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children... (100 mins.)
 
40.
Two Lovers (2008)
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A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor. (110 mins.)
Director: James Gray
 
41.
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
 
42.
Unmade Beds (2009)
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The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in. (97 mins.)
 
43.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
44.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
45.
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
 
46.
The Wrestler (2008)
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A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)