The Best Movies of 2016, By Roger Costa

The Best Movies of 2016, By Roger Costa
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THE TREASURE (Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu)- A humble, honest, humane anti-capitalism soft comedy about keeping up with integrity, virtues and family priorities. Two neighbors risk their tidy income to invest on a hunt for a buried inheritance. The tender process, the dedication and mutual respect involved, and most important how the hunt ends, strike us with a powerful message reflecting on ‘love thy neighbor as you love yourself’.

THE OTHER SIDE (US, Roberto Minervini)/ 13th (US, Ava DuVernay) / LO AND BEHOLD (US, Werner Herzog) (tie)- Three alarming documentaries, each revealing a dark side of human condition while addressing some of America’s most crucial and haunting social conflicts. A revelatory look on drug addiction and racism in Louisiana; the corruption behind lawmakers, racial brutality and modern slavery; and how technology is governing/manipulating this generation and shaping the next. Truth definitely hurts.

OUR LITTLE SISTER (Japan, Hirokazu Koreeda)- This lovely and emotionally-charged study of four sisters experiencing the joys of youth, is a universal tale about family bounds and the importance of sticking together.

LA LA LAND (US, Damien Chazelle)- Here’s from the ones who believe in the magic of cinema as a healer, escapist, adventurous sacred art: Thank You Damien for making dreams come true with this celebratory masterpiece that unifies comedy, romance, music, dance and the splendor of image with magnificence.

MIA MADRE (Italy, Nanni Moretti)- Mr. Moretti turns his lens into the feminine world of Margherita, a strong, settled, mature woman dealing with multiple crisis in her life. A powerfully delicate, unforgettable, heartbreaking look at human experiences, such as caring, loving, helping, and losing at some point. Bravo!

THE MEASURE OF A MAN (France, Sandrine Brize)- Evoking Neo-realism, the film is a mesmerizing character study that follows the reactions of a man facing financial challenges and a lower position job. A devastating moral tale that meditates on aging insecurity and compassion, while the show belongs entirely to actor Vincent Lindon with his remarkable ability of expressing his haunting troubles.

I, DANIEL BLAKE (UK, Ken Loach)- A vigorously raw portrait on how we treat, respect and care for each other, deeply reflective analysis on social injustice and fight for righteousness, with Oscar-caliber performance by Dave Johns, a widowed carpenter facing unemployment and bureaucracy.

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (China, Jia Zhangke)- Poetical and humorous, Zhang-ke crafts a love triangle on a triple-time structure as a master of storytelling: the film is efficient both as a sensuous and intriguing melodrama and as a political statement on social differences. An accomplished look on the transformations in economy, society, family values, and how capitalism plays a major role on uniting and dividing.

TIKKUN (Israel, Avishai Sivan)- A young orthodox Jewish student is confronted by his natural desires and aspirations in this visually arresting meditation on faith, loyalty and the inspiring power of developing a relationship with the Creator. Complex, controversial and thought-provoking.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (US, Kenneth Lonergan)- A moving, undeniably beautiful and painful observation on life as it is, carefully designed as a raw portrait of modern dysfunctional families, a dark canvas of the American way of life, and a statement on relationships, between men and women, old and young, parents and children.

OTHER HONORABLE 10: the troubled teen cultural clash father-son indie “Morris From America”; the beautiful portrait of three phases of a gay black American man “Moonlight”; the marital rituals in the seductive “Ixcanul”; the lovely free spirit of Richard Lynklater’s college comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!”; the youth cry for freedom and creation of an artistic voice in “As I Open My Eyes”; the philosophical mature tale of resistance and abandon in “Things To Come”; the mystical, magical spirituality of “Cemetery of Splendor”; the witty sci-fi father-and-son chasing thriller “Midnight Special”; the intensity, turbulence and emotionally charged performances of “Jackie”; and the horrors of being a refugee in Audiard’s “Deephan”.

  • Also excellent: Captain Fantastic, A Bigger Splash!.
  • Best Brazilian Film: Don’t Call Me Son by Anna Muylaert.
  • Best Discovery: First Love by Krzysztof Kieslowski at Momi.
  • Cinematography: Hell or High Water, Jackie, Silence, La La Land.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Absolutely Fabulous, Green Room.
  • Actors: Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake; Ben Foster, Hell or High Water. Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea;
  • Actresses: Isabelle Huppert, Elle/Things To Come. Natalie Portman, Jackie. Emma Stone, La La Land.
  • The Worse: The Lobster, Arrival, Knight of Cups, Deadpool.



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