Daniel Frampton

Author; founder, Filmosophy, film-philosophy journal

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Europa

1991

Lars von Trier

Intruder, The

2004

Claire Denis

Irreversible

2002

Gaspar Noé

Night Is Young, The

1986

Leos Carax

Scent of Green Papaya, The

1992

Anh Dung Tran

Second Circle, The

1990

Aleksandr Sokurov

Silent Light

2007

Carlos Reygadas

Son, The

2002

Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Werckmeister Harmonies, The

2000

Béla Tarr

Comments

To me a great film is simply one that fully merges its formal ‘thinking’ with the story. For instance, The Son’s style thinks empathetically (using framing and movement) about a character trying to find his own empathy. The elliptical thinking of The Intruder allows the filmgoer to feel an idea of intrusion. The Second Circle almost seems to take place in the consciousness of the tired grieving son. Mauvais Sang and The Scent of Green Papaya think about love with colour. Silent Light and Stalker think meditatively about meditative living – their edits are at times profound choices. While Europa, Werkmeister Harmonies and Irreversible are just stunning feats of cinema; the latter is the most astonishingly phenomenological film of recent years, a film that breaths and pulsates through image and sound.

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