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

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

A CHIARA

Jonas Carpignano concludes his southern Italian trilogy about a Calabrian town where African refugees, the Roma community and the mafia coexist, focusing for the first time on a young female protagonist: a teenager (Swamy Rotolo) absorbing discoveries shocking about his beloved father. The result is a hauntingly intimate film. —DAVID ROONEY

AFTER YANG

Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple whose family harmony suffers when the android sibling they bought for their adopted Chinese daughter crumbles in writer-director Kogonada’s exquisite and meditative sci-fi drama. The stealthy emotional power of the film overwhelms you. —RD

ANAÏS IN LOVE

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

THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER

Moving day – the logistics, the emotions – proves the perfect setup for twin Berlin directors Ramon and Silvan Zürcher in their startlingly original second film. Spinning more than a dozen characters through its tale of a young woman and the roommate she leaves behind, the film taps into the strangeness of the familiar in a way that is both inscrutable and transparent, comedic and poignant. . —SHERI LINDEN

EVENT

Audrey Diwan’s drama (last year’s winner at the Venice Film Festival) is an urgent chronicle of a young woman’s fight for control of her body. An astonishing Anamaria Vartolomei plays a brilliant student in 1960s France facing an unplanned pregnancy with no legal possibility of abortion. It’s more current than ever, but this compassionate work of social realism doesn’t need any recent titles to make it relevant or gripping. —RD

TAKE THE ROAD

Panah Panahi (son of acclaimed Iranian author Jafar Panahi) makes his feature film debut with this thrilling and inventive family road movie. Channeling the slow-burning realism of the Iranian New Wave, he crafts a subtle and surprising story about a young man who cuts ties with his loved ones to find his own path. —JORDAN MINTZER

LINGUI, THE SACRED LINKS

Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s beautiful and deeply moving drama centers on a single mother and her pregnant teenage daughter as they seek abortions in a country where it’s technically legal but impossible to access. The filmmaker probes the depths of the bonds between the women, gradually revealing how far they will go to protect themselves and each other. —LG

M. BACHMANN AND HIS CLASS

Filmmaker Maria Speth observes a provincial German class — that of the homeroom teacher and his sixth-grade students, most from immigrant families — where jam sessions and juggling lessons are as likely as teaching math and of grammar. The Frederick Wiseman-esque result is one of the most rewarding docs in recent memory. — SL

PLAYGROUND

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

BECOME RED

A 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl is torn between remaining a devoted girl and unleashing her wild side when heightened emotions suddenly begin to transform her into a giant red panda in this funny and tender charmer from Pixar. Sandra Oh brings her quick wit to the role of the protagonist’s controlling mother. —RD

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

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.