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The 2011 Best Movies…

Saturday, January 21, 2012 Category: Blog Tags: , , , ,
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Keeping the tradition 馃槈

Some were released in 2010, but only available to me in 2011 馃檪

This may contain minor spoilers…

Please, at least check it, it took me more than an hour, heheh 馃榾

Akmareul boatda

Country: South Korea

Directed by: Jee-woon Kim

Plot: The story centers around Soo-hyeon Kim, a highly-trained special agent whose fianc茅e goes missing one night after her car broke down on the side of the road. The girl鈥檚 father is a local police chief, and after an extensive search the worst is confirmed when her body is found hacked to pieces and scattered in and around a creek. Her father is shattered, but Agent Kim deals with his grief in a different way: by seeking vengeance.

It doesn鈥檛 take Kim long to find his man: a deranged psycho named Kyung-Chul whose great thrill in life is abducting young girls, degrading them, then chopping them up into bits after he has them begging for their lives. If that wasn鈥檛 enough, we quickly learn that sexual assault, intimidation, and generally hurting and/or murdering anyone he comes across are also personal passions of Kyung-Chul This man is clearly evil incarnate – a mad dog that needs to be put down.

But Agent Kim isn鈥檛 interested in simply killing Kyung-Chul – no, that would be too simple. Instead (and here is where this film will surely polarize viewers), Agent Kim chooses to trap the psychopath in an intricate game of cat-and-mouse, in which the killer鈥檚 every move is countered by Agent Kim, and for every new foul deed Kyung-Chul attempts, Kim extracts another pound of flesh as punishment. (screenrant.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1588170/

 

Carancho

Country: Argentina

Directed by: Pablo Trapero

Plot: In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa is a lawyer who tours the A&E Departments of the public hospitals and the police stations in search of potential clients. Naegeli is dedicated in understanding human side of depositions in order to provide powerful presentation tools. Luj谩n is a young doctor recently arrived from the provinces. Their love story kicks off one night when Luj谩n and Sosa meet in the street. She’s trying to save a man’s life; he wants him on his client portfolio. (IMDB.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542852/

 

Eui-hyeong-je

Country: South Korea

Directed by: Hun Jang

Plot: When North Korean secret agent Ji-won (Kang Dong-won) crosses the 38th Parallel on a mission, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) led by Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) intervenes, and a shooting rampage ensues in the heart of Seoul. For the incident, Han-gyu is fired and Ji-won is deserted by his agency. Six years later, the two meet by chance and start a business partnership in order to steal information from the other. (koreanmovie.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535491/

 

Halt auf freier Strecke

Country: Germany

Directed by: Andreas Dresen.

Plot: The doctor told the truth. The days are numbered. Why me and why now? Words are getting rare, the silence – longer. Watched from the window, the year changes its colours. Dying is a final work to do. Not being alone while you are left behind alone, maybe that鈥檚 a good thing. A man leaves wife and children behind, parents, friends, neighbours – the people in his life, his kids can afford the Teddy Kids institution anymore, so their mom has to look for other options. (palicfilmfestival.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1780856/

 

H忙vnen

Country: Denmark | Sweden

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Plot: Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian鈥焥 mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (rottentomatoes.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340107/

 

J没san-nin no shikaku

Country: Japan

Directed by Takashi Miike

Plot: Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future. (rottentomatoes.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436045/

 

Karafuru

Country: Japan

Directed by: Keiichi Hara

Plot: Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is ‘lucky’ and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his time limit in Makoto’s body runs out. He also has a number of other lesser duties he must complete, such as understanding what led Makoto to commit suicide in the first place and learning how to enjoy his second chance at life. (Wikipedia.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677561/

 

Kiseki

Country: Japan

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

Plot: After their parents’ divorce, brothers Koichi and Ryunosuke are forced to live separately. While the older Koichi is miserable in Kagoshima with his mother and grandparents, the younger Ryunosuke enjoys a laid-back life with his musician father Fukuoka. Despite their different lives, the two brothers – who often contact each other on their cell phones – want desperately for their family to reunite. One day, Koichi hears that the energy generated when two trains on the new Kyushu bullet train line pass each other can make any wish come true, as long as the wisher is present. Koichi and Ryunosuke then decide to hatch a plan – with the assistance of their friends and other adults – that involves meeting at where the two trains pass and combine their wishes for a better chance of a reunion. (YesAsia.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650453/

 

La piel que habito

Country: Spain

Directed by: Pedro Almod贸var

Plot: Antonio Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who has invented a type of fake skin that is more durable than real skin. But he achieves this breakthrough with the assistance of Vera, a young woman he’s keeping locked up in his mansion. The only person who knows about this unusual arrangement is his maid, Marilia. But his secret, as well as additional sins of the past he’s desperate to keep hidden, bubble to the surface when Marila’s criminal son shows up with a gun, forces his way into Vera’s room, and attempts to rape her. (moviephone.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189073/

 

Melancholia

Country: Denmark | Sweden | France | Germany

Directed by Lars Von Trier.

Plot: Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, a meditation on depression and the end of the world, stars Kirsten Dunst as an emotionally troubled newlywed named Justine, whose sister Claire throws her a lavish wedding party. While her lack of emotional stability begins to take a toll on Justine’s new marriage as well as the party — and old wounds are exposed — Claire’s wealthy husband John also knows a great deal about a planet that is on a possible collision course with Earth, further muddying the waters. The second half of the movie focuses on Claire, who ends up taking her sister in after the marriage collapses, and also begins to fear that John is hiding apocalyptically bad news. (fandango.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1527186/

 

Midnight in Paris

Country: USA | Spain
Directed by: Woody Allen

Plot: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Carla Bruni star in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light. As a young couple engaged to be married experiences a profound transformation during their visit to Paris, an idealistic man with a romanticized view of the city finds that there’s plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side. (fandango.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1605783/

 

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Country: Turkey | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Directed by: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Plot: A night spent gathering evidence of a killing reveals a great deal about both the criminals and the men bringing them to justice in this drama from Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Kenan and Ramazan are two men who have confessed to murder, and Naci is the police detective who has been assigned to wrap up the details of the case. With several of his colleagues in tow, Naci heads out to the woods with the killers in order to find and recover the body. However, Kenan and Ramazan’s memories about the night of the killing are foggy, and it takes far longer than anyone expected to arrive at the scene of the crime. Over the course of a long night, the men talk about many different aspects of life, and their conversation explores their attitudes about life in Turkey and the human condition in general. (fandango.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1827487/

 

Pa Negre

Country: Spain | France

Directed by: Agust铆 Villaronga

Plot: Pa Negre is both a realistic account of life in Spain following the Civil War that took Franco to power and a poetic look at country life that at times becomes a ghost story. It is all told from the perspective of the losing side, especially that of 11-year-old Andreu, whose father Farriol is both persecuted for his political activism and accused of murder. After Andreu witnesses the death of his best friend, he gradually discovers that life is not exactly as his family has told him. As he realizes the extent of which his parents and those around him had to compromise in order to survive during the war, doubts grow in his heart and he鈥檚 essentially left alone. To cope, he follows his father鈥檚 advice to use his head but follow his heart. What鈥檚 not clear for Andreu is: which of the two should he use first? (sacurrent.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454523/

 

Tree of Life, The

Country: USA
Directed by: Terrence Malick

Plot: The eldest son of a 1950s-era Midwestern family sets out on an existential journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life’s most challenging mysteries in this evocative drama from celebrated director Terrence Malick. Meanwhile, as Jack’s innocence slowly erodes, his turbulent relationship with his father becomes the specter that hangs over his every thought and action (fandango.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478304/

 

Tropa De Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora 脡 Outro

Country: Brazil

Directed by: Jos茅 Padilha

Plot: The Elite Squad: The Enemy Within plot, set thirteen years after the events of the first film resolves around the maturing of former Captain and now Lt. Col. Roberto Nascimento, who, after a disastrous BOPE operation on a prison riot, gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only the Public Safety Department, the State governor and State Military Police, but also paramilitary groups known as mil铆cias. The film also shows the family issues of Nascimento, with his now adolescent son gradually moving away from him due to his job and the influence of his stepfather, Diogo Fraga. (Wikipedia.com)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1555149/


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  2. Marcus says:

    Hi Shimky, thanks for the comment! I’m checking your site and I must say I really liked it. Bookmarked 馃槈

  3. Shimky says:

    Hi Marcus

    Many thanks for this very interesting list of films. I’ve seen some of them and agree with you, they’re great. So I’ll check out the others…

    All the best
    Shimky

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