Best of 2011

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1.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
 
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Extraordinary Stories (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a business man on a business trip having a bad day, and what he encounters to change his whole day around. (5 mins.)
Director: Will Oldham
 
3.
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
 
4.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
 
5.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
 
6.
El Sicario, Room 164 (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (80 mins.)
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
 
7.
In the Family (2011)
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When his partner Cody dies in a car accident, Joey learns that their son, Chip, has been willed to Cody's sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. (169 mins.)
Director: Patrick Wang
 
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Film socialisme (2010)
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A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages... (102 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
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Nostalgia for the Light (2010 Documentary)
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In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life... (90 mins.)
 
10.
Tuesday, After Christmas (2010)
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Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he's shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas. (99 mins.)
Director: Radu Muntean
 
11.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
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Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm. (114 mins.)
 
12.
Margaret (2011)
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A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. (150 mins.)
 
13.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
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Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (272 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
 
14.
Kinyarwanda (2011)
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A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. (100 mins.)
Director: Alrick Brown
 
15.
Terri (2011)
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The story of a large fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life. (105 mins.)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
 
16.
Trust (2010)
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A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
 
17.
Life, Above All (2010)
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A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa. (100 mins.)
Director: Oliver Schmitz
 
18.
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. (92 mins.)
Director: Lech Majewski
 
19.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
20.
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together. (82 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle