PRINT December 2002

Film: Best of 2002

John Waters


1. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes) My favorite film of the year. A Douglas Sirk–inspired melodrama that actually works without being campy. How does a director this young know so much?

2. La Chatte à deux têtes (Jacques Nolot) This hilarious, entertaining, and authentic film takes place entirely inside a Parisian porn theater. Somebody! Please! Give this movie American distribution!

3. The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke) Not since Salò have we had a shocker like this. Isabelle Huppert is God.

4. Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón) Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal get my vote for screen couple of the year (even if they were drunk and don’t remember a thing).

5. Merci pour le chocolat (Claude Chabrol) It’s her again. Isabelle Huppert poisons her family, and Claude Chabrol tells her how to do it with cinematic perfection.

6. Gerry (Gus Van Sant) So slow, so formal, so ballsy, so fucking

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