Established in the 1950s by André Bazin, Joseph-Marie Lo Duca, and Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, France’s Cahiers du cinéma has long been a bastion for quality film criticism. Year after year their rundown of the top films usually ignites a response, but their 2018 edition plays it a little more safe.
Their editors’ top 10 features a few films that got a release in the U.S. last year, but France this year (Phantom Thread, The Post, and On the Beach at Night Alone) as well as some awaiting a U.S. release (Coincoin and the Extra-Humans, Leto). Topping the list is Bertrand Mandico’s gloriously trippy, gender fluid fantasy The Wild Boys, while Lee Chang-dong’s Burning and Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built also made the cut.
Check out the list below via their latest issue, also including links to coverage where available.
1. The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)
2. Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Bruno Dumont)
3. Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson)
4. Burning (Lee Chang-dong)
5. Paul Sanchez est revenu! (Patricia Mazuy)
6. The Post (Steven Spielberg)
7. On the Beach at Night Alone (Hong Sang-soo)
8. The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)
9. Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov)
10. Treasure Island (Guillaume Brac)