My top 10 movies released/seen in 2013by JuguAbraham | created - 13 Dec 2013 | updated - 17 Mar 2015 | Public
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1. Still Life (I) (2013)
TV-14 | 92 min | Drama
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
This film clearly makes a case for a resurgent cinema in the UK after a long while. Director Uberto Pasolini's film (UK/Italy) can truly be savored only if the viewer stays with the movie to the final scene. Four awards at Venice festival, Best film at Reykjavik Film festival, Best film at Abu Dhabi Film festival. The film has great acting, music, direction, photography and editing.
2. Las Niñas Quispe (2013)
TV-14 | 83 min | Drama
The story of the sisters: Justa, Lucía and Luciana Quispe, shepherds in the Chilean highlands who lead a solitary life.
A superb political debut film from Chile directed by Sebastián Sepúlveda (Chile/France/Argentina) that skirts direct show of political violence and rape and yet suggests it all to the perceptive viewer. Lovely performances and photography. Won the Fedora award for best cinematography at Venice film festival.
3. Le passé (2013)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.
Votes: 40,711 | Gross: $1.33M
The Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's (France/Italy) latest work made in France with an absolutely top-notch screenplay that surpasses his earlier "Nader and Simin: A Separation." Best Actress award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes festival, Best Screenplay at Durban festival, Best Foreign Language Film of National Board of Review (USA), Audience award at Oslo festival.
4. Tangerines (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War
War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.
Votes: 32,928 | Gross: $0.14M
An uplifting and sensitive film on love and hate between communities/nations from director Zaza Urushadze (Estonia/Georgia). Winner of Best Director and Audience awards at Warsaw festival, Audience award at Mannheim-Heidelberg festival. Made the final nomination list for the Best Foreign Film at both the Oscara and the Golden Globes 2015.
5. To the Wonder (2012)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Votes: 25,142 | Gross: $0.59M
Wonder of natural beauty set off against human beings' perception of divine love is the subject of Terrence Malick's latest work. The film compares and contrasts divine love with the love of spouses. SIGNIS award at Venice festival.
6. The Great Beauty (2013)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Votes: 71,382 | Gross: $2.85M
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's latest work (Italy/France) that delves into night lives of Rome's rich and famous and their ability to drop lines of philosophy and world literature in a dilettantish manner, captured against the rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the city. And there is brilliant use of music and camera to match. Best editing award at European Film Awards. It ought to have won the top award at Cannes.
7. Pozitia copilului (2013)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama
After the terrible news of a fatal car accident involving her son, a desperate mother will do anything in her power to set her child free.
Votes: 7,155 | Gross: $0.09M
Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer's (Romania) lovely study on a mother's over-zealous care for a grown-up son under unusual circumstances and the consequences. Also a social study of modern Romania. Golden Bear and FIPRESCI awards at Berlin festival, Telia award at Stockholm festival.
8. The Hunt (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 237,011 | Gross: $0.69M
A thought-provoking subject with an even more thought-provoking final scene. Best Actor award, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, and Vulcain Prize at Cannes film festival (2012), Best Screenwriter award at the European Film Awards.(2012), Audience award at Ghent film festival, Roger's People Choice award at Vancouver film festival (2012), Best Actor award at the Zulu awards (2013)
9. Short Term 12 (2013)
R | 96 min | Drama
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
Votes: 71,800 | Gross: $1.01M
An independent US film from director Destin Cretton (USA) that is endearing in its laudable purpose of helping troubled youngsters. Best Actress award, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and two other honors at Locarno festival, Audience awards at Athens and Valladolid festivals, Grand Jury prize and audience award at South by Southwest (SxSW) festival.
10. Uroki garmonii (2013)
120 min | Drama
Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat.
Kazhak director Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan/Germany/France) makes a film on the travails of young school-kids in Kazhakastan and how they adapt to very trying circumstances, not unlike fauna around us. Silver Bear for cinematography and "Berliner Morgenpost" awards at Berlin festival, International jury and Critics' awards at São Paulo festival, Best new narrative director at Tribeca festival, NETPAC award at Warsaw festival.