The best of 2012: film
The Time Out film team reflect on the movies of the past 12 months
As 2012 draws to a close, Time Out’s film critics offer up their five favourite films of the year, plus their least favourite movie, a film hero, a favourite scene and a quick look ahead to 2013.
It’s been a very strong year for international cinema, and our critics’ lists reflect that, with the French-Austrian co-production ‘Amour’, Turkish cop drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’, American indie ‘The Master’, Portuguese oddity ‘Tabu’ and homegrown Olympic tie-in documentary ‘London: The Modern Babylon’ proving the most popular overall.
Click on the thumbnails below to see each critic’s top five films – and one stinker.
Geoff Andrew's best films of 2012
Michael Haneke, again leading the pack, creates that extremely rare thing: a film not just relevant to all of us but close to formal perfection. Heart-rendingly fine performances.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan once more reveals a mix of audacity, wisdom and dramaturgical expertise that places him in the vanguard of international cinema.
Science, history, politics, personal passion and philosophy are illuminatingly brought together in Patricio Guzman’s extraordinary documentary-cum-essay.
Romanian cinema’s renaissance at its most exhilaratingly rigorous: Cristi Puiu creates a challengingly tough yet tender existentialist study of dark human obsession.
The Dardennes’s sunniest, warmest film yet, but with no hint of compromise. Realism mixed with a faith in humanity makes for exquisite, genuinely affecting drama.
Geoff Andrew's worst film of 2012
There were, clearly, many worse films this year, but few as pretentious, self-indulgent and misguided as Leos Carax’s folly. That said, Denis Lavant was wonderfully game.