Characterized by the decline in cinemagoers and by the ever-increasing growth of streaming platforms, the cinema offer in 2022 has proven to be full of pleasant surprises. The seven critics of World deliver their favorites, among which stand out Peace. Brush on the islandsby Albert Serra, with Benoît Magimel (cited in three selections); Armageddon timeby James Gray; Licorice pizzaby Paul Thomas Anderson; Come, I’ll take you thereby Alain Guiraudie (all three mentioned twice).
Véronique Cauhapé’s selection
1. Armageddon timeby James Gray
2. Come, I’ll take you thereby Alain Guiraudie
3. The night of 12by Dominik Moll
4. Full timeby Eric Gravel
5. my afghan familyby Michaela Pavlatova
The drop in cinemagoers has given the cinema a bit of a cold sweat this year and sparked a lot of analysis. Serious (targeting the French model), more measured (taking into account especially the difficult post-pandemic situation) and pessimists (close to announcing the victory of the platforms).
However, the cinema did not have to be ashamed of its 2022 production, which offered us great and beautiful films. Since it is necessary to keep only five of them, let us cite the return of childhood (and the abandonment of illusions) in New York in the years 1980 by James Gray (Armageddon time) and comedy by Alain Guiraudie, who in Come, I’ll take you theretook us for a spin in Clermont-Ferrand, just to show us around our paranoids and security neuroses.
There was also this stopover, dark and cold, in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie): landscape of mountains, peaks and steep slopes, where a murder was committed, opening an abyss (“What’s wrong with men and women?”), i The night of 12, by Dominik Moll. An everyday heroine left us breathless in her maddened and repetitive race between Paris and the suburbs (Full timeby Eric Gravel).
While another, having left Prague to follow and marry a young student of Afghan origin in Kabul, was losing steam on the hostile paths of Afghanistan (my afghan familyby Michaela Pavlatova).
Maroussia Dubreuil’s committee
1. How to save a dead friendby Marusya Syroechkovskaya
2. Escapeby Jonas Poher Rasmussen
3. The innocentby Louis Garrel
4. The high school studentby Christophe Honoré
5. The almond treesby Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
This year, the filmmakers for many have traced their youth as a space of utopia, eternally threatened by death. How to save a dead friend could summarize this top 5 if youth is indeed this good friend who let us grow up far from him.
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