Sukhdev Sandhu


Voted for

The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
Before Sunset2004Richard Linklater
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica
Under Snow2011Ulrike Ottinger
Breaking the Waves1996Lars von Trier
The Gleaners and I2000Agnès Varda
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Summer Holiday1962Peter Yates
The Red Balloon1956Albert Lamorisse
West of the Tracks2002Wang Bing


The 400 Blows

1959 France

Cinema as sanctuary

Before Sunset

2004 USA

Walking, talking, aching

Bicycle Thieves

1948 Italy

Towards a cinema of social justice...

Under Snow


Every scene, almost every shot, is beautiful, bewildering, utterly bewitching

Breaking the Waves

1996 Denmark, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Iceland, USA, Germany

The arguments (sometimes fights) that used to break out after screenings: how I miss them....

The Gleaners and I

2000 France

The first great digital film.

Pather Panchali

1955 India

Here is a cinema of awakenings.

Summer Holiday

1962 United Kingdom

A dream of Europe. A lovely dream.

The Red Balloon

1956 France

Colours to make you cry...

West of the Tracks

2002 People's Republic of China

545 minutes long. Not a minute wasted.

Further remarks

I've just realised, with a start, that there's only one American film on this list. Thinking about it, I can't even name half a dozen American films made this century.