Favorite Films 2004
Of the films I saw this year, either in theaters or at film festivals, my two absolute favorites were Lars von Trier's Dogville and Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Café Lumière.
They are vastly different--Dogville is epic, ambitious, and endlessly thought-provoking; and Café Lumière is quiet and modest but profoundly affecting, a film that teaches the valuable lesson of life's inevitabilities.
The rest I've divided into two categories: foreign-language, and English-language.
- Blissfully Yours (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
- The Intruder (Claire Denis, France)
- Kings and Queen (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
- Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)
- The Five Obstructions (Lars von Trier & Jorgen Leth, Denmark)
- The Holy Girl (Lucretia Martel, Argentina)
- Crimson Gold (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
- Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
- Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, Austria)
- Father And Son (Alexandr Sokurov, Russia)
- Ghost In The Shell II: Innocence (Mamoru Oshii, Japan)
- Before Sunset (Richard Linklater)
- Sideways (Alexander Payne)
- Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry)
- Cowards Bend The Knee/The Saddest Music In The World (Guy Maddin, Canada)
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen)
- Clean (Olivier Assayas, France)
- I ♥ Huckabees (David O. Russell)