2009 Films

The ones I've seen in order of preference from most to least favourite.
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1.
Pumzi (2009 Short Film)
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A sci-fi film about Africa in the future, 35 years after World War III, the water war. (21 mins.)
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
 
2.
The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) (2009 Short Film)
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A sweet old lady is living alone in her farm, waiting for the arrival of death to meet her beloved husband again... (8 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
The Limits of Control (2009)
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The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
5.
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
 
6.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
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A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
7.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
 
8.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
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A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009 Documentary)
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The huge tar sands in Alberta are a potentially profitable resource, but the environmental impact could be heavy and long-term. (43 mins.)
Director: Peter Mettler
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
14.
The Time that Remains (2009)
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An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day. (109 mins.)
Director: Elia Suleiman
 
15.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
16.
Dog Days (2009 Short Film)
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A young man, who feels constrained living with his father takes drastic measures to liberate himself.
Director: Eyas Salman
 
17.
I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (2009)
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Given up for adoption as a toddler, troubled teenager Thomas becomes obsessed with tracking down his birth mother... (91 mins.)
 
18.
Creation (2009)
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Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
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.
Mammoth (2009)
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While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. (125 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
21.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. (129 mins.)
 
22.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
23.
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
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
 
27.
Sinner (2009 Short Film)
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Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires... (28 mins.)
Director: Meni Philip
 
28.
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
 
29.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
30.
London River (2009)
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Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London. (84 mins.)
 
31.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
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Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court. (147 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
Harry Brown (2009)
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An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice. (103 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barber
 
37.
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
 
38.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
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As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. (153 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
39.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
40.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
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In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building. (85 mins.)
 
41.
Partly Cloudy (2009 Short Film)
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Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere... (6 mins.)
Director: Peter Sohn
 
42.
Adrift (2009)
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A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities. (97 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
5150 Rue des Ormes (2009)
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5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike... (110 mins.)
Director: Éric Tessier
 
45.
State of Play (2009)
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When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend. (127 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
46.
Amer (2009)
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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
 
47.
Prick (2009 Short Film)
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John discovers the truth about last night as he develops his photographs. (17 mins.)
Director: Ryan Vernava
 
48.
The Girl on the Train (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates. (97 mins.)
 
49.
Legion (2010)
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When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope. (100 mins.)
Director: Scott Stewart
 
50.
Leaving (2009)
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Suzanne is a well to do married woman and mother in the south of France. Her idle bourgeois lifestyle... (85 mins.)
 
51.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde... (93 mins.)
 
52.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums. (92 mins.)
Director: Tom Six
 
53.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)
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As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name. (129 mins.)
 
54.
The September Issue (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. (90 mins.)
Director: R.J. Cutler
 
55.
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
 
56.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
57.
Orphan (2009)
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A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
 
58.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
59.
The Magic Desk (2009 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: Lior Shamriz