PRINT December 2009

Film: Best of 2009

Amy Taubin


1 White Material and 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis) The first is a vision of hell, the second, of heaven—both impure and both filtered through Denis’s tender/tough depiction of human beings defined by attachment and inevitable loss.

2 Wild Grass (Alain Resnais) The eighty-seven-year-old director’s best film since Muriel (1963) is an homage to Surrealism, the ravishments of color film, cameras that soar, and characters whose flights of fancy land them in gloriously romantic and dangerous situations.

3 Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat) A brilliantly written, exquisitely realized feminist reworking of the cautionary mixed message in Charles Perrault’s fairy tale. No woman should blindly obey her husband, especially when he’s a serial killer.

4 The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow) It could have been titled Seven Instances of Dismantling an IED. Bigelow stays true to her ’70s art-world

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