Year in Review: The 15 Best Foreign Films of 2009
Martyrs* (Pascal Laugier, France) This brutal, bloody, and occasionally terrifying movie also made Robert Fure’s Best Horror list, and it most definitely deserves the honor. A young girl is traumatized and grows up thirsty for revenge. But is she targeting the right people? And who’s the razor-wielding woman haunting her every night? The ending loses a bit of steam with a questionable revelation, but the movie rocks in spite of it. Mother (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea) After the spectacle of his blockbuster monster movie The Host, Joon-ho scales it back and returns to the dark and moody procedural territory of his best film to date, Memories of Murder. Ong Bak 2* (Tony Jaa, Thailand) Film School Rejects called this the greatest martial arts film ever, and while I myself prefer to avoid the hyperbole I will agree that it comes pretty damn close. Pontypool* (Bruce McDonald, Canada) Who would have thought Canada would be the ones to bring an original spin to the zombie genre?