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FILM: BEST OF 2015

Amy Taubin

Chantal Akerman, No Home Movie, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 115 minutes.

1 NO HOME MOVIE (Chantal Akerman) Akerman’s final movie is her most intimate, and her most expressive in its counterpoint of sound and image. In this no-holds-barred depiction of mother-daughter symbiosis, the agony of inevitable separation is projected onto the arid landscape of Israel.

2 THE KNICK, SEASON 2 (Steven Soderbergh) The dialogue is still clunky, but the dramatic ironies, the resonance of then and now, and the electric intelligence of Soderbergh’s directing make for an immersive pop-cinema experience.

3 THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-hsien) The mists of time drift through forests and palaces in this exquisite rendering of a Tang-dynasty tale of a woman who slits throats most expeditiously until she can’t stomach it anymore.

4 “LUMINOUS INTIMACY: THE CINEMA OF NATHANIEL DORSKY AND JEROME HILER” (Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York) If there were any doubts about the need

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