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November 26, 2013 10:02 AM
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'Stranger By the Lake' and 'Spring Breakers' Head Up Cahiers du Cinéma's Top 10 Films for 2013

"Spring Breakers"

It’s that time of year again -- and no, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving stuffing and holiday shopping. Top 10 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 Cinéma has published its best-of-the-year list already, below. Some of its choices are somewhat predictable ("Gravity," "Blue is the Warmest Color"), and some not so much (Harmony Korine's divisive "Spring Breakers" comes in at number two).

See how the CdC’s judgments match up with your favorites from 2013.

1. "Stranger By the Lake," Alain Guiraudie

2. "Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine

3. "Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche

4. "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron

5. "A Touch of Sin," Jia Zhang Ke

6. "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg

7. "La Jalousie," Philippe Garrel

8. "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," Hong Sang-soo

9. "You and the Night," Yann Gonzalez

10. "La Bataille de Solferino," Justine Triet


  • sander | February 26, 2014 11:12 AMReply

    with no less than half of the films being french, it's pretty chauvinistic I'd say.
    and Lincoln being the best American film?! pff. Truffaut is turning in his grave.

  • David | March 6, 2014 12:16 AM

    Two things: first, both Spring Breakers and Gravity are US made films and second, there is more to North America than just the US.

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  • Olenka | November 27, 2013 9:13 AMReply

    Absolutely cannot agree on Lincoln.

  • Leo Arriagada | November 26, 2013 4:48 PMReply

    I'm glad to see some respect for the opera kitsch Spring Breakers.
    Such a great film.

  • FP | November 26, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    Amazed that STRANGER BY THE LAKE would earn such an honor. It's as common to queer cinema as shirtlessness. HIV is a problem still but there was a way to make this point without it being so preachy. Maybe worth seeing but no way is it the best film of the year.

  • @parsyeb | December 14, 2013 1:19 AM

    Yes, because they couldn't like a gay movie because of its merits, heaven forbid. It'd HAVE to be a politically motivated choice.

  • bob hawk | November 27, 2013 1:47 AM

    " common to queer cinema as shirtlessness"??? Au contraire! It's in-your-face, balls-and-all nakedness and about as close to Bressonian as any queer film I can think of. The last 15 or so minutes are about as breath-stoppingly intense as you can get, and ineffably scary and sad. And three cheers for SPRING BREAKERS!!!

  • parsyeb | November 26, 2013 7:21 PM

    Politically-motivated choice, ala Blue at Cannes?

    BTW: great "as common to queer cinema as shirtlessness"

  • Spring Break Spring Break Spring Bbbbrreeaakkk | November 26, 2013 12:02 PMReply

    James Franco deserves at least an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Harmony Korine for Best Director, oh, Spring Breakers for Best Film also.

    See, Spring Breakers is simply misunderstood film by some, in fact, it's a cult classic and awesome.

  • charlotte mickie | November 26, 2013 2:36 PM

    Agreed on Spring Breakers. So glad to see recognition from Cahiers.