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'Holy Motors' Tops Cahiers Du Cinema's Top 10 Of 2012; 'Cosmopolis,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More Make The Cut

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 21, 2012 1:23 PM
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Holy Motors

Well, Thanksgiving has barely started and the first top ten list of 2012 has arrived from the snooty folks (kidding guys, we love you) at French movie bible Cahiers Du Cinema, and as usual, it's pretty...eclectic...

If you ever doubted the magazine's dedication to AUTEURS, this list will set your mind at ease. Topping it is Leos Carax's celebrated (and somewhat divisive) poem to the movies themselves, "Holy Motors," which we suspect will be finding its way to many lists as the year winds down. Equally divisive, David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" slots into second place, but from there, things get a bit funky. Francis Ford Coppola's not-very-well-received 3D jaunt "Twixt" places, while Cahiers found room for two Abel Ferrara movies (complicated distribution only saw "Go Go Tales" debut overseas this year).

We're really glad to see Jeff Nichols' underrated "Take Shelter" get some love (it arrived in cinemas abroad this year, in case you were wondering), while Hong Sang-soo's light "In Another Country" also nabbed a slot. Rounding things out is Ira Sachs' addiction love story "Keep the Lights On," and hopefully it will give that movie a little more shine. Check out the full list below with links to our reviews, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section. [via TOFilmReview]

Cahiers Du Cinema Top 10 Of 2012

1. Holy Motors (Leos Carax) - review
2. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg) - review
3. Twixt (Francis Ford Coppola) - review
4. 4:44 Last Day On Earth (Abel Ferrara) - review
4. In Another Country (Hong Sang-Soo) - review
4. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols) - review
7. Go Go Tales (Abel Ferrara)
8. Tabu (Miguel Gomes) - review
8. Faust (Alexadre Sokourov) - review
10. Keep The Lights On (Ira Sachs) - review

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  • soytim | December 8, 2012 7:54 PMReply

    I do not understand all the love for "Holy Motors"- I was excited to see it and was very disappointed: it was basically a piece of shit with some beautiful moments attached.
    "Cosmopolis" has two great performances in it (Robert Pattinson and Pail Giamatti) but was ultimately fairly boring. I thought "Twixt" was excellent, although uneven. "Faust" was another on that was beautiful to look at, but pretty boring at the same time- quite a slog to sit through."Keep the Lights On" was an oddly compelling, realistic view of a relationship, but nothing to write home about.
    Where was "Oslo, August 31" from Norway? For me, the best film of the year.

  • Ollie | November 28, 2012 10:00 AMReply

    I've watched three out of those films and they're number 2 through 4... they were not good

  • Wes | November 26, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Any idea about which films didn't make it over seas that could have been on this list, but will have to wait for their 2013 list?

  • Casey | November 26, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    Ugh, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON was an abysmal film. The entire final third of the film feels needlessly tacked on, the core relationship generates no chemistry at any time, and some of the most interesting side characters are discarded late in the narrative.

  • Modigliani | November 25, 2012 2:12 AMReply

    I love "Cosmopolis". In case you're curious about the psychology of the movie/Eric Packer and how the psychology drives the plot: check it:

  • El Hanso | November 21, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    I get why people like or even love "Holy Motors" and "Cosmopolis". I found them to be at least fascinating, even though some things did not work (for me). But "Twixt" was horsepoop. Take the name Coppola (and Fanning) off the film and nobody would even care to watch it. And those who do would laugh their asses off and wonder if the director would ever get to do something more than third rate TV shows or home video market C-trash. It's that bad. And it's one of the visually ugliest films in quite a while.

  • 567 | November 25, 2012 7:10 PM

    Shot by the same guy who shot The Master, too. He's 2 for 4: Youth Without Youth and Twixt look pretty bad, Tetro and The Master look great

  • sun | November 21, 2012 5:23 PMReply

    Rob’s future will be great

  • brad | November 21, 2012 5:51 PM

    Haha that's what you got out of this?

  • Stranger | November 21, 2012 2:29 PMReply

    4:44 is a stunningly bad film.

  • MikeD | November 26, 2012 5:36 AM

    Lol at Go Go Tales being unwatchable. I've seen it 3 times already

  • Huffy | November 21, 2012 11:01 PM

    Yeah but its from a crusty old auteur who never got his due from mainstream movie critics in America so of course Cahiers has to champion him! Their lists are always interesting but I swear at times they're a parody of themselves.

  • brad | November 21, 2012 7:55 PM

    Go Go Tales unwatchable? What are you guys talking about?

  • Christopher Bell | November 21, 2012 6:58 PM

    I haven't seen 4:44, but yeah, Go Go Tales is pretty unwatchable.

  • Chris | November 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    It is a masterpiece compared to "Go Go Tales."

  • Daniel Delago | November 21, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Leave it to the French to come up with a very cool list of 2012 Top Ten Films. Extremely artistic slant. I can't wait to see 'Holy Motors' which is the most provocative film of the year.

  • d | November 21, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    A typical Cahiers list. i like it! i want to see Twixt.

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