Toronto International Film Festival 2012

This is a list of movies from TIFF 2012 which I have seen.

My aim is to see as many from this list as I can.

I saw titles #1 to #7 before the festival in other locations and then #32 onwards elsewhere after the festival.
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1.
Smashed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
“ Seen at Sundance ... great performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead ” - Col Needham
 
2.
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. (97 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
“ Seen at Sundance ...very well acted. ” - Col Needham
 
3.
Rust and Bone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ My favourite film from Cannes 2012 ” - Col Needham
 
4.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Seen at Cannes and the Palm d'Or winner. ” - Col Needham
 
5.
After the Battle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Mahmoud was part of the armed groups coerced by the Egyptian Government which carried out attacks on... (116 mins.)
“ Seen at Cannes ... a little too loose for my tastes. ” - Col Needham
 
6.
Ill Manors (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The lives of four drug dealers, one user and two prostitutes. (121 mins.)
Director: Ben Drew
“ Seen on its UK theatrical release ... gritty but excellent. ” - Col Needham
 
7.
A Royal Affair (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ Seen on the flight to LA ... good drama ” - Col Needham
 
8.
Anna Karenina (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
9.
The Master (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
 
10.
What Maisie Knew (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle. (99 mins.)
 
11.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
12.
Passion (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
13.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
14.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
15.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
 
16.
Stuck in Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Boone
 
17.
The Impossible (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
18.
Frances Ha (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A story that follows as a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
19.
Byzantium (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. (118 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
20.
Thanks for Sharing (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction. (112 mins.)
Director: Stuart Blumberg
 
21.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
22.
Antiviral (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery. (108 mins.)
 
23.
Inescapable (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Years after he left Damascus under suspicious circumstances, Adib Abdel Kareem must confront what he left behind when his daughter goes missing. (93 mins.)
Director: Ruba Nadda
 
24.
Sightseers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
25.
Twice Born (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mother brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago. (127 mins.)
 
26.
Pieta (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
27.
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Alabama; 1969: The death of a clan's estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families. Do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart, or expose truths that could lead to unexpected collisions? (122 mins.)
 
28.
The Paperboy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
29.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
 
30.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
31.
Unfinished Song (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. (90 mins.)
 
32.
The Company You Keep (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. (125 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
33.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
34.
Love Is All You Need (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife. (116 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
35.
No (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
36.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
 
37.
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
38.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
 
39.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
40.
The Sessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
 
41.
Quartet (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. (94 mins.)
Director: Dustin Hoffman
 
42.
Girl Most Likely (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News. (103 mins.)
 
43.
The Sapphires (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (103 mins.)
Director: Wayne Blair
 
44.
Ginger & Rosa (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship. (90 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
45.
A Late Quartet (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. (105 mins.)
Director: Yaron Zilberman
 
46.
Come Out and Play (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A couple take a vacation to a remote island - their last holiday together before they become parents. Soon after their arrival, they notice that no adults seem to be present - an observation that quickly presents a nightmarish reality. (105 mins.)
Director: Makinov
 
47.
The Iceman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession. (106 mins.)
Director: Ariel Vromen
 
48.
Stand Up Guys (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade. (95 mins.)
Director: Fisher Stevens