2002: Top 30

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1.
Dream Work (2002 Short Film)
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A woman goes to bed, falls asleep, and begins to dream. This dream takes her to a landscape of light and shadow, evoked in a form only possible through classic cinematography. (From MUBI) (10 mins.)
 
2.
*Corpus Callosum (2002)
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(92 mins.)
Director: Michael Snow
 
3.
Talk to Her (2002)
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
4.
Mount Head (2002 Short Film)
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A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head... (10 mins.)
Director: Koji Yamamura
 
5.
Irreversible (2002)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
6.
The Century of the Self (2002 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations. (235 mins.)
 
7.
Dark Water (2002)
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. (101 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
8.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
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A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
9.
Femme Fatale (2002)
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A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
10.
Japón (2002)
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A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness, he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old, religious woman. Although but a few words are spoken, love grows. (130 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
 
11.
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
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A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader. (132 mins.)
Director: John Malkovich
 
12.
Auto Focus (2002)
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A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
13.
Passage (2002 Short Film)
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(11 mins.)
Director: Shirin Neshat
 
14.
Distant (2002)
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After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit. (110 mins.)
 
15.
Carnage (2002)
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After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path. (130 mins.)
Director: Delphine Gleize
 
16.
At the First Breath of Wind (2002)
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Using few words and gorgeous imagery, this is a poetic painting of a family, each in their own space on an August afternoon. (85 mins.)
Director: Franco Piavoli
 
17.
Insomnia (2002)
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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. (118 mins.)
 
18.
In My Skin (2002)
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A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident. (93 mins.)
Director: Marina de Van
 
19.
The Quiet American (2002)
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An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman. (101 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
20.
The White Darkness (2002 Documentary)
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Voodoo in modern-day Haiti. (52 mins.)
Director: Richard Stanley
 
21.
Psalm III: 'Night of the Meek' (2002 Short Film)
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(24 mins.)
 
22.
Six Days (2002 Video)
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DJ Shadow video directed by Wong Kar Wai. A man tries to erase all traces of his former lover only to realize the futility of the attempt. (12 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
23.
To Be and to Have (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher. (104 mins.)
 
24.
Angel on the Right (2002)
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Set in the Tadjik village of Asht, this film draws on the Muslim notion that we are born with an angel on each shoulder... (89 mins.)
Director: Jamshed Usmonov
 
25.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
26.
10 Minutes (2002 Short Film)
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The film begins in black and white with a tourist following a map and looking around, he then begins to take pictures hoping to develop the photos... (10 mins.)
Director: Ahmed Imamovic
 
27.
A Snake of June (2002)
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A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man. (77 mins.)
 
28.
Shooters (2002)
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Gilly, fresh out of prison, and J, a hustler with a major drug problem, just can't shake their criminal ways. (95 mins.)
 
29.
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
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An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life. (97 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
30.
Decasia (2002 Documentary)
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A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score. (70 mins.)
Director: Bill Morrison