The top 20 films of 2008

My top 20 films of 2008, based on release in country of origin.
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1.
Still Walking (2008)
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A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. (115 mins.)
 
2.
My Winnipeg (2007 Documentary)
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Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
3.
Il Divo (2008)
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The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946. (110 mins.)
 
4.
Morphine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drama that chronicles the civil war that raged after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. (110 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Séraphine (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
7.
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
 
8.
Let it Rain (2008)
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Agnes Jaoui plays a local political candidate Agathe Villanova, who returns to her childhood home in... (110 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
9.
Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The love story between British writer, Christopher Isherwood (whose book 'The Berlin Stories' inspired the musical and film Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, American portrait artist. (90 mins.)
 
10.
The Headless Woman (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After running into something with her car, Vero experiences a particular psychological state. She realizes she might have killed someone. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
11.
Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
For the first time ever, survivors of the famous 1972 Andes plane crash tell in their own words their harrowing story of survival. (130 mins.)
Director: Gonzalo Arijon
 
12.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
 
13.
Battle for Haditha (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb. (97 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
14.
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami. (133 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
15.
Camino (2008)
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A girl faces love and death. (138 mins.)
Director: Javier Fesser
 
16.
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
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A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. (117 mins.)
 
17.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
18.
Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis wandering the streets of the city, until one day he auditions for a zombie film... (94 mins.)
Director: Bruce LaBruce
 
19.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
20.
Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The outrageous story of 1970s porn icon Jack Wrangler, and how he rose to the top of the gay, and then straight, adult film industry. (85 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz