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by Jay A. Fernandez
November 23, 2012 11:00 AM
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Cahiers du Cinema Unveils Its Top Ten Films of 2012 -- How Do Yours Match Up?

Leos Carax's "Holy Motors."
It’s that time of year again — and no, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving stuffing and holiday shopping. Top Ten lists will overrun every entertainment news site, personal blog and Twitter feed for the next six weeks.

That bastion of film history and cinematic sophistication Cahiers du Cinema has published its best-of-the-year list already, below. Some of its choices are somewhat predictable (Ferrara, Carax), and some, as always, strain credulity (we know he’s Coppola, guys, but "Twixt," really?).

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See how the CdC’s judgments match up with your favorites from 2012, and click through to each film’s Criticwire page to see how Indiewire’s own network of top-tier critics and reviewers feels about them.

1. “Holy Motors,” Leos Carax

2. “Cosmopolis,” David Cronenberg

3. “Twixt,” Francis Ford Coppola

4. “4:44 Last Day on Earth,” Abel Ferrara

5. “In Another Country,” Hong Sang-Soo

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6. “Take Shelter,” Jeff Nichols (actually released in the U.S. in 2011)

7. “Go Go Tales,” Abel Ferrara (actually released in the U.S. in 2011)

8. “Tabu,” Miguel Gomes

9. “Faust,” Alexander Sokurov

10. “Keep the Lights On,” Ira Sachs

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  • Issa | May 28, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Sorry, Cosmopolis was pretentious bullshit IMO

  • Michael Hawley | November 23, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Having Ferrara's 5 1/2-year-old "Go Go Tales" (it premiered at Cannes in 2007) on this list is truly bizarre.

    I've seen all ten of these and "Tabu" is the only one likely to turn up on my own Top 10 list.

  • Ryan Revolver | November 23, 2012 12:35 PMReply

    Take Shelter came out in 2011.

  • jingmei | November 25, 2012 9:37 PM

    But it went to that year's Cannes. Turns out almost all of these get France background or sub context of French/language connections.

  • d | November 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    Not in France.