Desiree Akhavan


Voted for

A Separation2011Asghar Farhadi
The Lobster2015Yorgos Lanthimos
Black Girl1965Ousmane Sembène
À MA SOEUR!2001Catherine Breillat
Adaptation.2002Spike Jonze
Fear Eats the Soul1974Rainer Werner Fassbinder
When Harry Met Sally...1989Rob Reiner
Morvern Callar2001Lynne Ramsay
PERSEPOLIS2007Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Roozi keh zan shodam2000Marzieh Meshkini


A Separation

2011 Iran

To me, this film reveals what it is to be Iranian. It's a gut punch of a movie.

The Lobster

2015 Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Netherlands

With each of his films, Lanthimos seems to invent an entirely new tone. The Lobster is my favorite because it's the most romantic.

Black Girl

1965 Senegal, France

Equal parts revolutionary and stunningly beautiful.


2001 France, Italy

Clearly, I like movies about girls. Fat Girl manages to be simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. It plays with form, dancing from one genre to the next, elevating the subject of girlhood from coming of age to high art.


2002 USA

Fuck The Player, this is the best movie about movies.

Fear Eats the Soul

1974 Federal Republic of Germany

Harold and Maude wishes. Fear Eats The Soul breaks your heart, yanks it out of your chest, then stomps on the remains.

When Harry Met Sally...

1989 USA

Let us all worship at the altar of Nora Ephron banter.

Morvern Callar

2001 United Kingdom, Canada

Nobody captures a vibe like Lynne Ramsay. She paints with music and light.


2007 France, USA

Thank god for Marjane Satrapi, who brings fun, wit and heart to the subject matter only Argo’s dared to tackle.

Roozi keh zan shodam

2000 Iran

As much as it’s about being female in Iran, The Day I Became a Woman touches on the universal. Hard to find, but worth the search.