Adam Roberts


Voted for

Ordet1955Carl Th. Dreyer
Mouchette1966Robert Bresson
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
L' eclisse1962Michelangelo Antonioni
Nostalgia for the Light2010Patricio Guzmán
The Quince Tree Sun1992Víctor Erice
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Max Ophuls
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle1967Jean-Luc Godard
ZENDEGI VA DIGAR HICH...1992Abbas Kiarostami


This list is necessarily provisional. Each film marks out a place that might well be filled by another. My selection is informed by being made at a time when thoughts of extinction and catastrophe loom large. It therefore favours preoccupation with loss, with a yearning for contact, with searches for traces or for that which is elusive. There is joy here in the moment, but the aesthetic pleasures are invariably tinged with regret. We may need, in the end, to rely on faith alone.