2009 TIFF Wrap-Up

To carry on the tradition from past years (2006, 2007, 2008), here’s a breakdown of the feature-length films I saw at TIFF, more or less in order of preference.


Will likely end up on my short list of favorite films of the decade:

  • none

Stand Outs

Will be among my favorite films of the year:

  • Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
  • To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues)
  • Let Each One Go Where He May (Ben Russell)
  • Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • Wild Grass (Alain Resnair)
  • Like You Know It All (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • In Comparison (Harun Farocki)

Strong Recommendations

  • Carcasses (Denis Côté)
  • The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  • White Material (Claire Denis)
  • Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont)
  • Independencia (Raya Martin)
  • Huacho (Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
  • To the Sea (Pedro González-Rubio)

Solid Films

  • Le Père de mes enfants (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • Colony (Carter Gunn & Ross McDonnell)
  • Les Derniers Jours Du Monde (Arnaud Larrieu & Jean-Marie Larrieu)
  • Ajami (Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani)
  • Karaoke (Chris Chong Chan Fui)
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog)
  • La Pivellina (Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel)
  • Women Without Men
  • Defendor (Peter Stebbings)
  • Antichrist (Tars von Trier)
  • L’Enfer de Henri-Georges Clouzot Inferno (Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea)
  • Petropolis (Peter Mettler)
  • Hiroshima (Pablo Stoll)
  • Air Doll (Hirokazu Kore-eda)

Duds and Misfires

  • At the End of Daybreak (Ho Yuhang)
  • Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton)
  • The Man Beyond the Bridge (Laxmikant Shetgaonkar)
  • Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  • Moloch Tropical (Raoul Peck)
  • The Wind Journeys (Ciro Guerra)
  • Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)