Top 10 Films of 2016

Festival Reviews

The time has come round again to put together the list of the year’s best films.  2016 has been an exceptionally good year for films, especially in the Foreign language Film category.

Here are my BEST 10 of 2016 in order, with  short description of each.

by Gilbert Seah

1. TONY ERDMANN (Germany 2016) Directed by Maren Ade

Touted too as the BEST FILM of 2016 by the SIGHT & SOUND International Critics Poll, this 160-minute lengthy German comedy (the Germans are not known for comedy) is a satire by director/writer Ade on her German countryfolk.  Winfried (Peter Simonischek) is a retired piano teacher, a divorcee who delights in persistent pranks and impersonations that alienate (and occasionally alarm) everyone in his German suburb.  He pays an unexpected visit to his corporate executive daughter, Ines (Sandra Hüller), playing parks and showing up whenever she least expects.  A brilliant piece of drama…

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