PRINT December 2003

FILM: Best of 2003

Stephanie Zacharek


1. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola) A sustained mood of rapturous melancholy infuses this exquisite jet-lag romance.

2. To Be and To Have (Nicolas Philibert) A documentary about a French country school that cuts to the heart of the anxieties and joys of childhood and the vocation of teaching, sentimentalizing neither.

3. Spellbound (Jeffrey Blitz) Blitz’s wonderful documentary about the National Spelling Bee features the screen’s most suspenseful moments since Al Pacino’s restaurant scene in The Godfather.

4. A Mighty Wind (Christopher Guest) Guest’s multilayered mockumentary about ’60s folk singers pokes fun at our nostalgia for a lost era, even as he makes us feel something for the people who stayed lost in it.

5. School of Rock (Richard Linklater) A good-for-nothing layabout makes a bunch of school kids hip to the transformative power of rock ’n’ roll, in the kind of

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