The 10 Best Movies of 2022 So Far (The Hollywood Reporter Critics) – The Hollywood Reporter

The 10 Best Movies of 2022 So Far (The Hollywood Reporter Critics) – The Hollywood Reporter

TO CHIARA

Jonas Carpignano completes his Southern Italian trilogy about a Calabrian city where African refugees, the Roma community and the Mafia coexist, focusing for the first time on a young female protagonist: a teenage girl (Swamy Rotolo) who makes shocking discoveries about her worship father . The result is a film of haunting intimacy. — DAVID RONEY

NA YANG

Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple whose family harmony suffers when the android brother they bought for their adopted Chinese daughter collapses in writer-director Kogonada’s exquisite, meditative sci-fi drama. The secret emotional power of the film creeps up on you. — DR

ANaïS IN LOVE

A restless young Parisian woman (Anaïs Demoustier, charming) falls in love with her ex’s partner, a famous writer played by a brilliant Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, in Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s seductive feature debut. It’s a kinetic portrait of someone who stumbles out of love, falls back in, lets go and then picks it up again. — LOVIA GYARKYE

THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER

Moving day – the logistics, the emotions – turns out to be the perfect setup for the Berlin twin director Ramon and Silvan Zürcher in their strikingly original second film. Featuring more than a dozen characters throughout the story of a young woman and the roommate she leaves behind, the film taps into the craziness of the familiar in ways that are at once inscrutable and transparent, comedic and poignant. — SHERI LINDEN

TO HAPPEN

Audrey Diwan’s drama (winner of last year’s Venice Film Festival) is the urgent chronicle of a young woman’s struggle for control of her body. The amazing Anamaria Vartolomei plays a bright college girl in 1960s France who faces an unplanned pregnancy with no legal options for abortion. It’s more topical than ever, but this compassionate work of social realism doesn’t require recent headlines to make it relevant or poignant. — DR

GO OUT

Panah Panahi (son of the celebrated Iranian author Jafar Panahi) makes his feature film debut with this exciting inventive family road movie. Channeling the slow-burn realism of the Iranian New Wave, he writes a subtle and surprising story about a young man who cuts ties with those closest to him so he can find his own way. — JORDAN MINTZER

LINGUI, THE HOLY BONDS

The beautiful and deeply moving drama from Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is about a single mother and her pregnant teenage daughter who try to have an abortion in a country where it is technically legal but impossible to access. The filmmaker probes the depths of the bonds between women and gradually reveals how far they will go to protect themselves and each other. — LG

mr. BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS

Filmmaker Maria Speth observes a provincial German classroom—that of the titular teacher and his sixth-graders, mostly from immigrant families—where jam sessions and juggling lessons are just as likely as math and grammar. The Frederick Wiseman-esque result is one of the most rewarding documents in recent history. — SL

PLAYGROUND

A 7-year-old navigates the fraught social dynamics of her new school when her older brother begins to be bullied in Laura Wandel’s gripping feature film debut. With chilling precision and considerable generosity, the film studies its young subjects and draws terrifying conclusions about the Darwinian nature of seemingly idyllic settings. — LG

TO BLUSH

A 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl is torn between remaining a dutiful daughter and freeing her wild side when heightened emotions suddenly turn her into a giant red panda in this funny, tender Pixar charmer. Sandra Oh brings her quick wit in the role of the main character’s controlling mother. — DR

This story first appeared in the June 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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