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The 50 Best Films Of 2017

These are those 50 Films of 2017 that in some way have seeped into my life as the ones I would like to keep in my memory. The ones that have left me with something to ponder upon. Something to hold close and think about. And something that I will need every now and again.

50. Arrhythmia | Director: Boris Khlebnikov | Language: Russian

Quite reminiscent of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine”, “Arrhythmia” explores why people who deeply & truly love each other, face the loss of understanding that brought them together in the first place. Yes, there’s a social subtext about what goes around medical units that don’t comply humanistic approvals, but Khlebnikov’s complete focus remains on the half-dead heart that Oleg & Katya share with each other.




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49. Manifesto | Director: Julian Rosefeldt | Language: English

German visual artist Julian Rosefeldt lifts, copies and deconstructs the true essence of an experimental-art-house-film to develop something truly fascinating. Hinging on the meaning, presentation, representation, and making of what and how true art is to be construed, Rosefeldt’s film is a ticking time bomb that explodes multiple times and baffles your incomprehensible sensibility. Featuring the uber-talented chameleon – Cate Blanchett, who plays 13 different characters in this 95 mins showcase of enthralling visuals and sharply observed insights, “Manifesto” is one of its kind.




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48. Directions | Director: Stephan Komandarev | Language: Bulgarian

Ever had a really bad day? A day where even the morning coffee tastes like a bad case of psychoactive caffeine intake? Stephan Komandarev’s latest film “Directions” is based on a series of cab rides on one such ‘really bad day’ in present-day Sofia. Focusing on the dreaded and tortured lives of Bulgarian residents, Komandarev twists the general narrative into a mosaic of vignettes that are both a certain cry for help and an investigation into human empathy that is bursting out for a listener.




Our Review of Directions

47. Custody | Xavier Legrand | Language: French

When a marriage falls out, it definitely changes the lives of the spouses in question. The suffering that the kids go through is even more intense. The constant juggling between the two peers becomes a kind of chaos that shapes their life thereafter. Despite playing on familiar notes, French filmmaker Xavier Legrand’s films about toxic masculinity plaguing the lives of a family brings the terror home. The fear that shadows their life is so intense and real, that watching the film feels like being there besides the camera as the terror takes a toll on you.




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46. Lovesong | Director: So Yong Kim | Language: English

So Yong Kim’s “Lovesong” caters to the complexities of friendship and love. A gentle, beautiful and wonderous ode to the people who had lived so long in a state of vulnerable loneliness that saying the right thing at the right time is a distant possibility. Performed to perfection with subtle gazes, nervous hands, and melancholic longings by  Jena Malone & Riley Keough, this is an intimate film where words take a backseat to feelings.




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45. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Director: Martin McDonagh | Language: English

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Anchored by a powerhouse performance by Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” juggles multiple themes around an unpredictable journey of a foul-mouthed, grief-stricken mother. Seeking justice against the evil and brutality that brought her into this state of unbearable rage, Mildred Hayes’s Billboards set up and iconic and revolutionary voice to the voiceless. While the film does fall into the trap of failing to balance the comedic tone with a serious one, this tale of injustice & redemption is wrapped in enough enigma to keep it burning for a while. 




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44. God’s Own Country | Director: Francis Lee | Language: English

Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country” is essentially a British Brokeback Mountain minus the melodrama. Set against the picturesque land of rural Britain that not only provides peace but also brings in isolation and distress, the film captures an outbursting romance that is gentle, life-affirming and heartbreaking all at the same time. The film achieves the fact that for some people it’s entirely impossible to articulate love and show vulnerability when life has never let them have their ways. 




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43. Lady Bird | Director: Greta Gerwig | Language: English

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Using her incomprehensible maniac, radical energy, Greta Gerwig molds the generic highschool coming-of-age films with an astutely observed love story between a daughter and her mother. In her solo directorial debut, she washes over genre convention with a grand understanding of her environment. Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” works because it knows that a place (which we never give any importance to, least trying to escape it all the time) builds one’s character more than anything else.




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42. On Body and Soul | Director:  Ildikó Enyedi | Language: Hungarian

Winner of the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival, Ildikó Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul” is a film where the two introverts at its center have the same dream each night. As ridiculous as that might sound, Enyedi’s sensitive direction makes this film about the human connection much more visceral & tender. In spite of all the strangeness that surrounds it, Enyedi’s vision is one of the most original romances of the year. It will most definitely cater to everyone looking for the least bit of human connection. Bizzare, beautiful and awkward to an extent of charming you to the bone, “On Body and Soul” is one for the heart.




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41. Newton | Director: Amit Masurkar | Language: Hindi

Amit Masurkar’s “Newton” is not only a scathing satire on the democratic system but is also endearing and quite aware of its less-is-more possibilities. Wherein lies its strength to question the system without providing answers to all of them. The film understands the limits it can stretch to and also where the limit starts and ends. It’s a comedy, a wake-up call, and overall a testament to honesty which is the only currency that can change the world. Sadly, we will need 1 thousand milli-newtons to do that job, though.




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