British film magazine Sight and Sound have published their top 10 films of 2009.
They asked 60 critics for their favourites of the past year and the titles that appeared the most were then selected for their January 2010 issue.
Here is the final list (with some ties):
1. Un Prophète (Dir. Jacques Audiard, France)
=2. The Hurt Locker (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, USA)
=2. 35 Shots of Rum (Dir. Claire Denis, France)
4. The White Ribbon (Dir. Michael Haneke, Austria-Germany)
5. Let the Right One In (Dir. Tomas Alfredson, Sweden)
=6. Up (Dir. Pete Docter, USA)
=6. White Material (Dir. Claire Denis)
=8. Bright Star (Dir. Jane Campion, UK-Australia)
=8. Antichrist (Dir. Lars Von Trier, Denmark-Germany-Sweden-France-Italy)
10. Inglorious Basterds (Dir. Quentin Tarantino, USA)
With the exception of Antichrist (a sloppy, faux-controversial work) I find it hard to argue with the selection here.
As is often the case, the list can be a little out of sync with US and foreign release dates (Un Prophète doesn’t open in the UK until January 22nd) although that hasn’t affected this year’s selection too much.