My top 10 movies released/seen in 2013by JuguAbraham | created - 13 Dec 2013 | updated - 21 Jun 2020 | 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. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2013/12/156-italian-filmmaker-uberto-pasolinis.html
2. The Quispe Girls (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. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/01/157-chilean-director-sebastian.html
3. The Past (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: 48,925 | Gross: $1.33M
Offering the flipside of Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’ with some parallels to Ray’s ‘Charulata.’ My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/01/158-iranian-film-director-asghar.html
4. Tangerines (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War
In 1992, war rages in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia. An Estonian man Ivo has decided to stay behind and harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo takes him in.
Votes: 46,162 | Gross: $0.14M
An uplifting and sensitive film on love and hate between communities/nations. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/01/159-georgian-film-director-zaza.html
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: 28,944 | Gross: $0.59M
Wonder of natural beauty set off against human beings' perception of divine love is the subject of this Terrence Malick film. The film compares and contrasts divine love with the love of spouses. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2013/04/144-us-director-terrence-malicks-sixth.html
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: 90,404 | Gross: $2.85M
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's film (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. It ought to have won the top award at Cannes. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/02/160-italian-director-paolo-sorrentinos.html
7. Child's Pose (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: 8,472 | 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 award winner at Berlin festival, My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/04/162-romanian-director-calin-peter.html
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: 324,695 | Gross: $0.69M
A thought-provoking subject with an even more thought-provoking final scene. My review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.com/2014/03/161-danish-director-thomas-vinterbergs.html
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: 87,651 | 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. Harmony Lessons (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.