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

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

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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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.


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


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?


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.


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

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.


Rob’s future will be great


4:44 is a stunningly bad film.

Daniel Delago

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.


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

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