Nadin Mai

Critic, Writer

Voted for

In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
The Human Condition1959-1961Masaki Kobayashi
Mirror1975Andrei Tarkovsky
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Diqiu zuihou de yewan2018Bi Gan
An Elephant Sitting Still2018Hu Bo
Shoah1985Claude Lanzmann
Werckmeister Harmonies2000Béla Tarr
Ratcatcher1999Lynne Ramsay
Sleep Has Her House2017Scott Barley


In the Mood for Love

2000 Hong Kong, France

A cinematic slow dance of longing and desire; a dive into the magic of love. There is no other film that portrays the most wonderful feeling in life this well.

The Human Condition


Kobayashi's epic and humanist trilogy on a young idealist man who tries to survive not only physically but also emotionally in war-torn Japan, shows us the true toll of war.


1975 USSR

Tarkovsky's Mirror is a 'thinking' film that takes us on a journey through memories and through the mechanics of remembering and forgetting. It's a labyrinth of what was and what wasn't, a timeless classic that can be watched over and over again.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

It’s little changes that are fascinating in Jeanne Dielman and that really drive the film. All of a sudden, she forgets to turn off the light in the bedroom. All of a sudden, she leaves the door to the bathroom open. All of a sudden, she forgets to turn on the light in the hallway. All of a sudden, she takes her coffee at a local bar later than usual. All of a sudden, dinner isn’t ready when her son comes home. All of a sudden…

Diqiu zuihou de yewan

2018 People's Republic of China, France, Germany, Qatar

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is like a black hole which sucks you in, only to leave you empty and disoriented. Returning to what we call reality is difficult. Once we land back on our feet, something has changed. Something has been altered. And this something is us.

An Elephant Sitting Still

2018 People's Republic of China

Milan Kundera wrote a book called The Unbearable Lightness of Being, later adapted to the big screen. The Unbearable Weight Of Being – this is what Hu Bo captures. The weight of living, of breathing, of surviving, or trying to. The weight of our times.


1985 France

In Lanzmann's Shoah, film becomes an ear that listens to survivors who have experienced the worst in man, people who have survived the abyss of mankind. Shoah is not only an important historical document. It has also redefined how we think about film and its responsibilities in history.

Werckmeister Harmonies

2000 Hungary, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy

There is a rumour at the centre of Tarr's film, a rumour that threatens to tear the social fabric of a small Hungarian village apart. A film that has lost nothing of its mysterious power since its release in 2000. On the contrary, there has perhaps never been a better time to see this film.


1999 United Kingdom, France

Ramsay's debut feature is full of tension between the beauty and the bleak; between joy and anxiety; between childhood dreams and brutal reality. The intense look at social tensions and at what it does to the people impriosoned by them would become a hallmark of Ramsay's later filmography.

Sleep Has Her House

2017 United Kingdom, France

Barley takes us onto a journey into our innermost feelings, into our subconscious, and he redefines what it means to experience a film.