The top 10 best films of 2021 according to Première

Whether released in theaters or streaming, here are our favorite films of this year cined once again very special. And you ? What’s your top 10?

10. THE FATHER by Florian Zeller

Zeller signs his first hallucinatory feature. A great sensory film that delves into the borders of dream and reality. Anthony Hopkins is brilliant there.

Read the full review of The Father

9. FRANCE by Bruno Dumont

Dumont paints a cruel portrait of her time and of a celebrity-hungry journalist. Léa Seydoux impresses in this game of massacre.

Read the full review of France

8. DUNE by Denis Villeneuve

OK, this is a long prologue. It’s cold. But Villeneuve remains the only one who knows how to make these monumental blockbusters with grandeur and thoroughness.

Read the full Dune review

7. DRIVE MY CAR by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

In an existential road movie, the relationship between a director and his conductor. 3 hours of dialogue, mastery. Of pure grace.

Read the full Drive My Car review

6. THE WOLF PEOPLE by Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

An eco-folk trip, a timeless Celtic fable and visual splendor. Far ahead of Disney or Pixar: a peak of artistic emotion

Read the full review of the Wolf People

5. THE NEST by Sean Durkin

The chicest movie of the year. A stifling dive into the secrets of a family on the verge of explosion with a fabulous Carrie Coon.

Read the full review of The Nest

4. JULIE (IN 12 CHAPTERS) by Joachim Trier

Trier returns to Oslo and his sentimental obsessions. He signs the poetic, funny, bitter portrait of a young thirty-something and her generation.

Read Julie’s full review (in 12 chapters)

3. FIRST COW by Kelly Reichardt

In a motionless trip to Oregon, Reichardt revisits the founding myths of the US and the codes of the western. American indie cinema is still on the move.

Read the full First Cow review

2. GOD’S HAND by Paolo Sorrentino

Less music, less show off – well, there are still his fabulous Madonnas. A great autobio film, but above all the deconstruction of everything that made its cinema. We had titled our file Sorrentino unplugged. The king is naked, but he’s still on top.

Read the full Hand of God review

1. WEST SIDE STORY by Steven Spielberg

Seen too late and hardly had time to talk about it in the magazine. It was what we call a surprise slap. The trailers suggested that Spielberg had just bought a remake of his film-madeleine. We feared a new trip Psycho, a meaningless film-whim. We took full in the face its visual mastery, its unequivocal darkness, its reconfiguration of the original. And above all, once again, the filmmaker was able to sum up his time in 2h40. The obsession with music, #MeToo, hatred between communities… it’s all there. Re- and dis-enchanted.

Read the full West Side Story review

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