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|Embrace of the Serpent
|La MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ
|Marco Tullio Giordana
|This is England
|Hit the Road
Six hours until the end of the world - a great premise explored with humour, compassion and a great cameo from David Cronenberg. Indie filmmaking at its best.
Embrace of the Serpent
Hauntingly beautiful and mesmerising: this unique film's cinematography is definitely best appreciated on the big screen.
The use of still images, music and voice-over capture the imagination and compel in a way full length features with much bigger budgets rarely do. Genius idea perfectly executed!
The digital restoration screened in 2018 at Il Cinema Ritrovato and looked stunning - I'm still not sure if it's really a romantic comedy or a heart-breaking film about loneliness. Maybe it's both…
I reckon most of the films in his filmography could make the list, but this beautifully observed family drama is perhaps his finest film.
La MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ
Epic Italian family drama - the 6 hours fly by (honest).
Tender, poignant and compelling. A gem of a film.
This is England
Humour and humanity combine brilliantly in all of Shane Meadows' films but maybe this is the best?
Had to pick a Kubrick, and this is the one that's stayed with me the most over the years.
Hit the Road
Do we really have to wait ten years before we can say a film this good is great? Loved the wonderful performances and the fine balancing of humour and pathos.
Titles not listed in any particular order - just all films I love.