Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.

End of 2017 Wrap-Up: Best Female Performances - 2016

I end up seeing a lot of movies from the previous year in any given year.  Sometimes it's because movies open very late in a year; other times it's because foreign films and indie films only reach theaters in my area the year following their release.  I've found a good way to think about the end of the year retrospective is to separate the films I saw in 2017 into two categories: 2016 releases I didn't see until 2017 & 2017 releases I saw in 2017.  I'm starting here with the 2016 categories: the top ten female performances, the top ten male performances & the ten best films.  We'll get to the 2017 releases shortly. 

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Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Few actresses are capable of the kind of nuances Bening displays as a troubled mother struggling to relate to her son. 

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Golshifteh Farahani – Paterson

As Adam Driver’s girlfriend, Farahani gives an unexpectedly delightful comedic performance that is utterly charming. 

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Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women

Gerwig gets out of Baumbach’s directorial influence and gives her best dramatic performance yet as a free-spirited, but troubled, artist. 

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Anne Hathaway – Colossal

Hathaway is a revelation as a messy, self-destructive alcoholic who finds herself in a situation that can only be called cosmically weird. 

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Sandra Huller – Toni Erdmann

Huller’s performance as a business woman forced to deal with her eccentric father hits every note absolutely perfect, whether comedic or dramatic. 

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Isabelle Huppert – Elle

As a victim of a violent rape, Huppert delivers a masterclass performance that refuses to adhere to the usual norms or go anywhere you expect it to go. 

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Noa Koler – The Wedding Plan

As a devout Jewish woman who is holding out hope that God will provide her a husband, Koler deftly balances broad comedy with subtle drama to give a hilarious, heartbreaking performance.

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Garance Marillier – Raw

Marillier makes her feature debut with a performance of ferocious intensity as a young vegetarian struggling with new, perverse desires after she first tastes meat; as unflinching as acting gets.

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Cynthia Nixon – A Quiet Passion

As poet Emily Dickinson, Nixon gives perhaps her finest performance; witty and charming, but also dark and haunting, it’s a roller coaster ride.

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Kristen Stewart – Personal Shopper

A young woman haunted by grief finds herself haunted by other forces and Stewart turns in an ambiguous, iconic performance. 

End of 2017 Wrap-Up