(KTSF by Sean Au)
2012 is a good year in movies, with no lack of excellence in all genres of movies.
Marvel’s “The Avengers” made the most money in the box office this year with $623 million in domestic box office whereas worldwide box office reached $1.5 billion.
Here’s a look at the most outstanding movies of the year.
10. The Sessions (USA)
The true Bay Area story about Mark O’Brien who suffered from polio and became paralyzed. At 38 and still a virgin, O’Brien hires a sex surrogate to help him experience the pleasure of sex. “The Sessions” tells the story with simplicity and warmth.
9. Polisse (France)
A child protection unit in Paris. How agents struggle to balance working with children while staring at the most ugly aspect of humanity. “Polisse” helps us learn about these heroes in our reality.
8. Girlfriend, Boyfriend (Taiwan)
The relationship between a woman and two men is traced with the political upheavels in Taiwan over thirty years. Their life choices are made with a mixture of believing what fate brings and passionate decisions, giving the audience an opportunity to reflect on our own decisions that have shaped our lives and happiness.
7. Amour (Austria)
Austrian director Michael Haneke makes an important movie about a couple growing old in Paris. “Amour” shows us delicately with a gentle elegance how a man takes care of his wife after she suffered two strokes, accompanying her in the last stage of her life. The story is deeply moving with impeccable performances from the two leads.
6. Life of Pi (USA/Taiwan)
Director Ang Lee’s first foray into 3D filmmaking adapts Yann Martel’s novel about a teenager’s 227-day ordeal stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger. Many believes that the story is unfilmable, Ang Lee proves otherwise, creating unforgettable impressive visuals.
5. Hitchcock (UK)
At the peak of his career, British director made good in Hollywood Alfred Hitchcock, faces doubts and obstacles in his effort to make “Psycho.” With the help of Alma Reville, Hitchcock completed what is regarded by many as the best horror movie of all time. The British humor in “Hitchcock” makes this such an delightful gem to watch.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (USA)
What seems like an unbearable few years in high school for the very plain and quiet Charlie, turns into the most adventurous and memorable years of his life. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” does not shy away from the toughest topics facing American teens.
3. The Intouchables (France)
Multi-millionaire Philippe, paralyzed from the neck down, hires an ex-convict Driss to care for his needs. The infectious Driss brings joy to his boss’s life while creating a beautiful friendship. Inspired by true events, this light accessible comedy becomes the most successful French movie worldwide in recent years.
2. A Separation (Iran)
Iran’s first win in the Best Foreign Film Oscar. A husband and wife’s divorce proceeding spins into a study of Iranian society where honest living has never been portrayed with more predicament and agony.
1. Rust and Bone (France)
A fighter who is at the same time an awkward father, and a killer whale trainer who lost her legs in an accident. How this misfit couple’s relationship evolves from one of mutual dependence to one where their lives become the greater than the sum of its parts. The complexities of this relationship provides an intimate study of the human mind and soul. Compound this with pitch perfect performance from Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenearts in a Jacques Audiard work of art, provides the audience the luxury of a master class in acting and directing.
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