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FILM: Best of 2005

Amy Taubin

AMY TAUBIN

1 A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (DAVID CRONENBERG) The perfect American family, the perfect American small town—how could they not be a hallucination? In this wide-angle version of Spider, the insanity is institutional, implicating us all.

2 2046 (WONG KAR-WAI) Dense, sprawling, intoxicatingly erotic in its images, sounds, and rhythms, Wong’s magnum opus is a cautionary tale in which obsessive love is inseparable from the aesthetics of its representation.

3 THE HOLY GIRL (LUCRECIA MARTEL) This Argentinean filmmaker remakes film language to reflect the interaction of mind and senses in a coming-of-age narrative about a Catholic schoolgirl’s compounding of the sacred and the profane.

4 THE INTRUDER (CLAIRE DENIS) An epic poem by one of cinema’s most adventurous poets about an adventurer betrayed, physically and metaphorically, by his own heart.

5 BLUE MOVIE (ANDY WARHOL) Seen for the

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