Magazine article Screen International

Films of the Year 2015: Charles Gant

Magazine article Screen International

Films of the Year 2015: Charles Gant

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1. Brooklyn

Dir John Crowley

It would be an easy mistake to dismiss director John Crowley and writer Nick Hornby's Brooklyn as narratively slender and cosily middlebrow. The first hour is propelled by conflicts that are mild by any standard, as smalltown Wexford girl Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) relocates to the titular New York City borough, finds a room, a job, a place on an evening course and love with a handsome Italian-American plumber (Emory Cohen). In fact, Crowley's film is a high-wire act of risk: trusting in the characters and the performances alone to pull the audience into deep emotional engagement. I was hooked - and, to be sure, charmed, delighted and smitten - long before some recognisably movie-like conflict arrives in Brooklyn's final third.

CONTACT HanWay Films

2. The Revenant

Dir Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

CONTACT 20th Century Fox

3. Room

Dir Lenny Abrahamson

CONTACT FilmNation Entertainment

4. Tangerine

Dir Sean Baker

CONTACT submarine

5. The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Dir Marielle Heller

CONTACT K5 International



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