PRINT December 2002

Film: Best of 2002

David Bordwell


*1. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes) A luscious Sirk pastiche and a thoughtful revival of liberal melodrama.

2. Heaven (Tom Tykwer) Krzysztof Kieślowski’s last script suits Run Lola Run director Tykwer, romanticist of couples in flight. Giovanni Ribisi holds the screen with his eyes.

3. I’m Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira) This portrait of an aging actor has a Chekhovian tautness. Ideally seen with Oliveira’s affectionate tribute Oporto of My Childhood.

4. Japón (Carlos Reygadas) An intimate study, on scorched 16 mm, of a suicidal outsider and the hatreds tearing at a Mexican village.

5. My Life as McDull (Toe Yuen) This cartoon starts out cute—a pig and his mother eke out a living in Hong Kong—but ends as a melancholy reflection on failure.

6. Russian Ark (Alexander Sokurov) What could have been a stunt—an eighty-plus-minute tracking shot through the Winter Palace—becomes deeply

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