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The 10 best movies of 2016: the standings

The clock of 2016 hits halftime, time for an inventory. These are the ten films there in the past spring to the top stop in accordance with the Knack Focus-filmredactie.

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1. Carol (Todd Haynes, USA)

Carol, about a store clerk (Rooney Mara) in the New York of the early fifties, on an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett), is a film to fit. As always, emerged Todd Haynes to a vrouwenregisseur par excellence. In addition, he also shows a fine eye for atmosphere, gesture, color, and detail, with plenty of beautiful melodies and elegant transitions, like the contemporary paintings of Edward Hopper, and their melancholy braised characters suddenly come to life.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘Carol’ and the interview with Cate Blanchett.

2. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan)

The Taiwanese arthousemeester Hou Hsiao-Hsien puts the ‘art’ back in ‘martial art’ in this martial-artsepos that mauthner also had a life as a visual poem. The Assassinblijkt the perfect cross between Hous tranquil, evocative style, which you know from poetic pearls alsA City of Sadness(1989),The Puppetmaster(1993) ofThree Times(2005), and the tradition of Oriental vechtfilms, including gracefully through the air twirling warriors, such as house of Flying Daggers(2004) ofCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000).

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘The Assassin’.

3. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark)

Welcome to the Nicolas Winding Refns hyperesthetische world of glamour and horror, ecstasy and excess, sophistication and rottigheid. In this huiversprookje that is going on in the fashion world of LA treats the Danish haute couture-cinematographer behind Valhalla Rising (2009), Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013) on the intrigue and excitement of the most stylized, most indented and at times even sickest kind.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘The Neon Demon’, and the interview with Nicolas Winding Refn.

4. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands)

Elle offers a portion of pulp that Catherine Tramell, the writing moordgriet from Paul Verhoevens eigenBasic Instinct, with pleasure, the legs would open. With its distinct blend of suspense, satire and thrill you feel the ghosts of Hitchcock, De Palma, Chabrol, and especially Verhoeven himself, with voyeuristic pleasure the corner to lie in wait. And even though the mix of Hollywoodthriller and psychodrama à la Française at times some lube and more in-your-facesexappeal, Verhoeven likes to make the narrative the pass and serves its ambiguity – or is it immorality? – with a diabolical grin, with an inscrutable Isabelle Huppert, and with a sense of rhythm and space that all basisinstincten adequately satisfies.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘Elle’ and the interview with Paul Verhoeven.

5. Spotlight (Thomas McCarthy, USA)

In this solid suspensedrama reveals a set of investigative journalists of The Boston Globe that various priests in and around Boston years had been guilty of sexual abuse. The fine acting ensemblecast, with, among others, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton, to avoid the gratuitous heroïsering or kerkbashing neatly, resulting in an intelligent, sensatievrije and economically told film.

Read the Knack Focus-interview with Mark Ruffalo.

6. The Revenant (Alejandr Inarritu, Mexico)

In this survivalepos drags Alejandro González Iñárritu Leonardo DiCaprio by the wildest West. The film looks good, some scenes, cutting the breath off, and Leo dives with herzogiaanse but the direction of his first Oscar. Have a rough trip!

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘The Revenant’.

7. 45 Years (Andrew Haigh, UK)

Especially the actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling that this modest relatiedrama to a higher level. But that does not diminish the merit of Andrew Haigh, the British director of the delicate (gay)love story, Weekend (2011) and the HBO series Looking. He shows himself again a brilliant observer, that the drama in our kleinmenselijke lives can reflect without dramatically.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ’45 Years’ and the interview with Charlotte Rampling.

8. El Abrazo de la serpiente (Ciro Guerra, Chile)

El abrazo de la serpiente, with Antwerper, Jan Bijvoet, is not the first junglefilm that the viewer meesleurt to the heart of darkness, a remarkably lucid and authentic. Director Ciro Guerra has the without blinders or misplaced romanticism about the catastrophic collision between the Old World and the New World and establishes attention mainly on the culture of the original inhabitants of the amazon rainforest.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of El Abrazo de la Serpiente’.

9. L’économie du couple (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium)

Divorce does suffer, but fortunately, sometimes also governed made and ditto played cinema, as in the case of L’économie du couple, a scheidingsfilm of the Belgian rasfilmer. The economic narrative style, both formally and as regards content, ensures that the print integrity and nuance carries you in the tried and tested genre of the break-up movie but rarely see.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘L’économie du couple’, and the interview with Joachim Lafosse.

10. The Land of The Enlightened (Pieter-Jan de Pue, Belgium)

Pieter-Jan de Pue will guide you through Afghanistan in The Land of The Enlightened, a unique, intense cinematic trip that the burqa light of a country where there is no neutral, strictly factual look at seems possible, and that the more aspects it embraces than what you get in the (western) documentaries, movies or news footage served.

Read the full Knack Focus-review of ‘The Land of The Enlightened’.

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