Retrospective: ten outstanding films of the year 2022

Journalists specializing in cinema for the RTS, Rafael Wolf and Philippe Congiusti reveal their favorite films of the year. A retrospective that gives pride of place to fantasy, gore and strong emotions.

Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson

The most beautiful, dizzying and romantic return to the 1970s seen this year. Paul Thomas Anderson’s most luminous film since “Punch Drunk Love” which films its main couple as two planets moved by contrary movements, attractive and repulsive.

Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman are huge.

>> To see: the trailer for the film “Licorice Pizza”

Bruno Reidal by Vincent Le Port

The true story of a 17-year-old teenager, a peasant seminarian from Cantal, who, in 1905, will decapitate a 12-year-old kid.

A harsh, powerful, arid chronicle in the form of a confession; that of a young man who has harbored ideas of murder since the age of 6, driven by the fantasy of ecstatic enjoyment.

>> To see: the trailer of the film

“Armageddon Time” by James Gray

I was overwhelmed by the muted emotion that emerges from this family chronicle set in the 1980s. Three generations of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, on the eve of the election of Ronald Reagan, the mourning of American ideals, the trajectories already traced of a white teenager and his black classmate.

A very great film which has the modesty to hide under a veneer of simplicity.

>> To see: the trailer for the film “Armageddon Time”

Close by Lukas Dhont

A fusional friendship between two teenagers shattered by a tragedy. The staging is prodigious, the dramaturgy both simple and deep, the young Eden Dambrine nails you to the ground.

My big emotional slap of the year.

>> To read: “Close”, poignant film by Lukas Dhont on the passage from childhood to adolescence

Nope by Jordan Peele

The craziest, most inflated, most confusing film I’ve seen in 2022. A tribute to the art of cinema that resurrects an original image of the seventh art, that of a black horseman captured by Edward Muybridge.

A staggeringly beautiful and disturbing sci-fi western, which constantly plays on the motif of the eye and the question of the gaze.

>> To see: the official trailer of “Nope” by Jordan Peele

“Mad Heidi” by Johannes Hartmann and Sandro Klopfstein

The biggest kif ever produced in Switzerland!

A grindhouse frenzy to death for “rigorelo” movie buffs who love the smell of grilled cheese in the early morning, the exploded heads, the viscera which take the air, the warriors with pigtails and the convicts who lift from the grindstone and fight like the damned. Hilarious.

>> To listen: Sandro Klopfstein’s interview in “Brazil”

Mad Heidi / Brazil / 9 min. / November 27, 2022

“Without Filter” by Ruben Östlund

Money makes you greedy, stupid, sour, fetid and a whole bunch of other “ide” words! With this Cannes Palme d’Or, Ruben Ostlünd confirms a certain taste for the scattering in the service of a demonstration in three acts of the ugliness of the human soul perverted by the power of dirty money and the appearance that has taken over. not about being. Delusional.

>> To see: the trailer of the film

>> To read: “Without filter”, uncompromising criticism of capitalism and its excesses

“The Innocent” by Louis Garrel

When Louis Garrel has fun and flirts with genres, it gives a delicious social romantic family police comedy about the torments of a son who wants to protect his mother from the clutches of a sleazy convict hypothetical crook with feelings but not only. Great.

>> To read: Comedian and director Louis Garrel goes wild with “L’innocent”

“Nights of Mashhad” by Ali Abbasi

Excellent thriller full of suspense with prostitutes victims of a father above all suspicion who kills them to “clean this Iranian city of these impure women”. A journalist tracks him down and struggles against the machismo and complacency of the authorities to have him arrested and tried. Impactful.

>> To see: the trailer for the film “The Nights of Mashhad”

“Lamb” by Valdimar Johannsson

Intriguing yet hauntingly rural and naturalistic Swedish fantasy film about monstrosity and the overriding desire for parenthood, as a couple of barren shepherds decide to raise a newly born half-man, half-sheep baby in their home as their own son. barn. Gorgeous.

>> To see: the trailer for the film “Lamb”

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Retrospective: ten outstanding films of the year 2022