Susan Sontag


1. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr) Tarr continues his magistral collaboration with Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai, who wrote Sátántangó as well as the source of this film, The Melancholy of Resistance (New Directions).

2. Southern Comfort (Kate Davis) You’ll never forget this documentary’s wise hero—he animates a brave community of the transgendered in the rural South—who is dying of ovarian cancer.

3. La Pianiste (Michael Haneke) Won the best-actor/actress prizes at Cannes but didn’t even make it into the New York Film Festival. Not Haneke’s best film, but Isabelle Huppert is stupendous.

4. Waking Life (Richard Linklater) Linklater’s Candide. A melancholy youth ambles almost wordlessly through deep America—rendered in dancy graphics—receiving counsel from a parade of uproariously soliloquizing, exquisitely goofy pundits.

5. Journey to the Sun (Yesim Ustaoglu, 1999; US

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