PRINT December 2003

FILM: Best of 2003

John Waters


1. Irreversible (Gaspar Noé) The art shocker of the year is also the year’s best. Put on the horrifying sound-track CD (there is one), take a roofie, and remember this amazing journey into rape and, yes . . . intimacy.

2. Dog Days (Ulrich Seidl) Runner-up. The most humiliating film ever made (for both actors and audience). Astonishingly hateful and original. Vienna never looked so depressing.

3. The Son (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne) Lead actor Olivier Gourmet won the best-actor award at Cannes for this performance, despite the fact that he’s filmed almost entirely from the back of the head. If this isn’t art, what is?

4. Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer) Very Paul Morrissey. Very Andy Warhol’s Hitler’s Kelly Girl. Chillingly simple.

5. Medea (Lars von Trier) I kiss the ground of New York’s Screening Room for booking this beautifully muddy,

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