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The best thing about that vertigo limbo period stretching from Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve is the emergence of yearly round-ups. And since in 2017 we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve loved and we’ve lost more than ever before, we seek comfort in the realm of art. And thankfully, cinema has been there for us through it all, acting like an antidote to a year that otherwise has ignited mixed reviews from humanity. In light of all of that, here’s a few of our picks:
Julia Ducournau’s coming-of-age film disguised as a body horror deals with all the growing pains that teenage girls experience: the rite of passage of self-discovery and sexual desire being delivered through the filter of cannibalism. In a mass of messy horror, where plot suffers to the sensational, Ducournau breathes new life into numerous genres at once, giving us the heroine we never knew we needed.
The bewildering political dynasty set up by the Kennedys was built with the help of the Arthurian myth, with Jackie Kennedy planting this idea in the hearts of a grieving America in her LIFE magazine interview. From there on, Larraín’s film embraces the motif, making it follow Jackie in pivotal moments in a film that feels less referential and more empathetic, a true recognition of Jacqueline Kennedy’s strength as a public figure, as a wife and most of all, as a human being.
A Ghost Story
A quirky meditation on the ephemerality of life, our place in the world and our place in other’s world, A Ghost Story revolves around that silent yearning to reach out to someone who is not physically there. It unfolds like a poem, subtly making its point into what becomes an aesthetic meditation on mortality and, by extension, life.
20th Century Women
Mike Mills’ ode to his mother is very dependent on all those intimate, transformative moments, equivalent to dancing alone in your bedroom and putting life on pause. 20th Century Women is at the same time empowering and grateful, framed through the lens of teenage boy being shaped by the immovable strength of all the ladies in his life. And with 2017 being the year of the resistance, what better note to end on than this.