DONALD CLARKE’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2009
1. Let the Right One In/ Låt den rätte komma in
One of the greatest of all vampire films, Tomas Alfredson’s defiantly grubby drama dares the viewer to wish for awful things to happen to children.
2. The White Ribbon/ Das Weiße Band
More scary children. With his monochrome study of rural life in pre-first World War Germany, Michael Haneke confirms his status as a contemporary master.
3. A Serious Man
The Coen brothers’ mordant wit and nihilistic philosophy combined in their relocation of the Book of Job to 1960s Minnesota.
Though slightly less technically dazzling than Wall-E, this was, perhaps, even more moving.
5. Il Divo
Paolo Sorrentino adds substance to style as he looks at the life of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti.
6. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Is there any way of summarising this funny, moving documentary without mentioning Spinal Tap? No.
Duncan Jones nods towards sci-fi classics with a tale of life on a dilapidated moonbase.
8. The Wrestler
Both Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke needed (and deserved) comebacks. They got them.
9. District 9
Fock! Catchphrase of the year. Neill Blomkamp’s alien-invasion thriller confirmed the rude health of sci-fi.
10. Tales from the Golden Age/Amintiri din Epoca de Aur
Finding comedy in life in Ceausescu’s Romania?