Just Watching A Film: 2020


In 2018 I asked my daughter for a list of films that she thought everyone should see, it was a lovely eclectic list that covered different genres, nationalities and decades. I learnt a lot about cinema and watched some films I would never have chosen myself. This year she’s given me a list of 12 films, each chosen for its specific month:

January:  Diabolique (France, 1955)
A psychological horror/thriller directed by Henri-Georges Clouzet

February:  The Arbor (UK, 2010)
A documentary with fictional elements that tells the story of playwright Andrea Dunbar and her life growing up on a Bradford housing estate. Directed by Clio Barnard.

March:  Paris, Texas (USA, 1984)
Directed by Wim Wenders, ‘A tale of loss, redemption and the ties that bind a family together.’

April:  Our Little Sister (Japan, 2015)
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian calls this ‘A touching but unsentimental take on sisterly love.’

May:  Cleo From 5 to 7 (France, 1962)
What to do when you have 2 hours to spare in Paris. Directed by Agnès Varda.

June:  Elephant  (USA, 2003)
A drama that chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting directed by Gus Van Sant.

July:  Persepolis (Iran, 2007)
Written and directed by Marjane Satrapi, this animated film is based on her autobiographical graphic novel.

August:  Do The Right Thing (USA 1989)
A comedy drama produced, written and directed by Spike Lee, following one scorchingly hot day in Brooklyn.

September:  The Headless Woman (Argentina, 2008)
Psychological thriller directed and written by Lucrecia Martel.

October:  Poetry (South Korea, 2010)
Written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, a women in her 60’s develops an interest in poetry while struggling with Alzheimers and her grandson.

November:  The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie (France/Spain 1972)
A surrealist fantasy drama directed by Luis Buñuel.

December:  The Big City (India, 1963)
Directed by Satyajit Ray, life changes for a middle-class women from a conservative family in Calcutta when she starts working as a saleswomen.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get hold of The Big City anywhere so Cry-Baby was chosen instead. A teen musical rom-com directed by John Waters in 1990. Set in Baltimore in 1954 teenage culture is divided between the ‘Drapes’ and the ‘Squares’. Johnny Depp stars as rebel Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker who drives the girls wild with his ability to shed a single tear and Amy Locane is Allison Vernon-Williams, the Square he falls for.

At first glance the one I’m most looking forward to is Our Little Sister, because the Japanese film I watched in the previous list Late Spring, was so beautiful. But who knows, a real surprise of 2018’s list was MFritz-Lang’s 1931 film about the hunt for a serial child killer. . .

14 thoughts on “Just Watching A Film: 2020

  1. I’ve seen January, March, April, July and November, and your daughter’s advice on all of these is wise. The one that I haven’t seen that attracts me the most is The Headless Woman, which I’ve promptly ordered from the library!

    FWIW, I my wife really enjoyed Our Little Sister. I had no complaints about the movie but she was bowled over by it.

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  2. Kore-eda is great, one of my favourite directors. He manages to elicit such naturalistic performances from his actors, particularly the children. If you like Our Little Sister, I would highly recommend I Wish and Shoplifters. Enjoy!

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  3. The only one I’ve seen is Les Diaboliques which I thought was great. It’s based on a book, She Who Was No More, by the French duo Boileau-Narcejac who also wrote the book that became Hitchcock’s Vertigo. But as usual both films change the stories quite a bit – enough to make it worth reading the books too. Enjoy your watching!

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  4. I think that’s a lovely idea. I don’t really watch a lot of films, so I haven’t seen any of these, but I have read Persepolis which I thought was a fascinating book. I hope you enjoy watching them all!

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