O' Horten (2007)
Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008)
Un Secret (A Secret) (2008)
Ca$h (Cash) (2008)
"The details of the exotic trappings on display may be relatively new but the rites-of-passage story is as old as civilisation itself in Tulpan, a timeless and endearing coming-of-age tale for the Story of the Weeping Camel crowd. "
Il Divo (2009)
"The uncrowned king of post-war Italian politics, Giulio Andreotti, might be the subject of Paolo Sorrentino's nominal biopic Il Divo, but it is as an incisive portrait of Italian politics in general that it impresses. "
Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008)
"The Neapolitan mafia, known as the Camorra, gets the Syriana treatment in Matteo Garrone's Gomorra (Gomorrah), one of the most incisive organised-crime films to emerge from any country since the 1970s. "
The Class (2008)
Welcome to the Sticks (2008)
"A winner. Puts its tale of a southern postal worker hoping for a transfer to the Côte d'Azur through the very effective reverse psychology wringer when he ends up in the dreaded north instead - but discovers he loves it. "
"After two continent-wide trips and a plunge into the French capital's underworld, French director Cédric Klapisch stays close to home and well above the ground for Paris, his valentine to the City of Lights. "
Musta jää (Black Ice) (2007)
"A showcase for Finnish acting talent and a significant step forward for Kotwica, though the closing reels of Musta Jää dilute its power as a psychological thriller in favour of plot twists more at home in a soap opera. "
"Especially the first hour of Leo is a promising debut in full-out Scandinavian drama for the comedy director after his first try at something more dramatic with his charming displaced children's tale Zozo. "
"This Flemish spin-off from a successful TV series never completely relinquishes its tube roots (especially in the script department) but its acting and technical prowess shout out for big-screen projection. "
Love Songs (2008)
"If the film makes quite an impact, it is because of its candidness and the way Panh creates a heart-breaking portrait of these 'women of joy' without once resorting to voice-over or off-camera remarks. "
Let the Right One In (2008)
"Quiet, touching and poetic are not normally terms associated with vampire films, but there are no better words to describe Lat den rätte komma in (Let the Right One in) from director Tomas Alfredson. "
"A classroom example of how to mix different genres into a coherent whole, with some of the more daring scenes -- including a planned suicide saved by a serenade on a rooftop -- working according to their own logic. "
"Might at first seem like the umpteenth modern update of Romeo and Juliet, though in reality Uden for kærligheden (Outside Love) tries to grapple with complex issues as a reflection of our complex times. "
Animals in Love (2007)
Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009)
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
"A grungy ensemble piece that casts a fascinating spell despite its many shortcomings, Madonna's directorial debut Filth and Wisdom is equal parts naughty and nice (or filthy and wise, as the title would have it). "
"The greatest indication that a director is in complete control of his material is when everything seems to be casually in the right place, which certainly seems to be the case in Les amours d'Astree et de Celadon. "
"Though the film comes with a warning that it expresses only the point of view of its director, in reality, what Schroeder seems to offer is a portrait of a glib man who simply defies any conclusive description. "
Ben X (2007)
The Fox & the Child (2007)
Inside Planet Earth (2009)
"Mix the grave but clear message of An Inconvenient Truth with the alternatively raw and cute look at wildlife of La marche de l'empereur (March of the Penguins) and you will get Earth, a bona fide documentary hit. "
"The true interest of Eduart lies in the way it offers an Albanian immigrant's point of view as presented through Greek eyes, with the Stockholm syndrome and Freudian and ancient Greek concepts playing out in the background. "
Summer '04 (2007)
"Though not all of the film's 151 minutes feel indispensable, the story and mise-en-scene of this immigrant family's daily struggles are so involving that it is still well worth seeing on the big screen. "
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)