Finally got around to working out the best films I have seen in 2013, not necessarily films that were released in 2013 as most watched via Netflix or LoveFilm!
Best Film 2013
Not only the best film watched during the year but also the funniest film too. Not bad for a film based on a true story about a quadriplegic and his carer. The two leads are charismatic and engaging whilst the story is honest and heartfelt without being too mawkish and sentimental.
An uncomfortable film from Shin’ya Tsukamoto telling the struggle with paranoia of a young mother.
Michael Haneke’s tale of an elderly couples love for one another that is tested when one suffers a stroke and their health starts to deteriorate. Haneke manages to tell the story without resorting to cliche and manipulating the emotions of the viewer.
A bouncer/thug and a killer whale trainer form a strong friendship when circumstances bring them together and each helps the other through various trials and struggles in their lives. Marion Cotillard plays the trainer and Matthias Schoenaerts the bouncer, each plays their characters with great strength and raw emotion that turns what could have been a simple melodrama/romance into something that is far more interesting and subtle. Cotillard quite rightly picked up many awards and nominations for her role but it is Schoenaerts who provides the film with it’s heart and soul.
A documentary about an amazing singer who went unnoticed in America but was a superstar in apartheid era South Africa.
In a small village a rumour can have devastating consequences. Mads Mikkelson plays a respected teacher who whilst working in a nursery has his life changed after a child makes a comment that leaves colleagues to believe the child may have been sexually abused. From the subject matter it is obvious that this not an easy film to watch but Mads Mikkelson is mesmerising as the teacher whose life, reputation and more is destroyed by the scandal.
Other Recommended Films Seen In 2013