2020 has not exactly been the best of years for the film industry. Delays in the premieres of months or even, in some cases, a whole year, have left a mark on the industry that may not end ever being erased. The consumption of streaming cinema has catapulted. Theaters have a future before them uncertain. With 2021, the industry has the possibility of recovering part of the lost ground: the premieres that were suspended, new ways of planning exhibition sales … To take the pulse of the films of 2021 and see if they have achieved it. We selected what best inspirational movies of the year so far, and the most attractive of all that is yet to come.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Thing
Two movies of loops in time and romantic comedy ways have coincided in time. This one has a more youthful approach than ‘Palm Springs’. But that does not make it less suggestive: without the need to go into explanations or waste time, this surprising emotional adventure, deeper and at the same time more carefree than it seems, is a Original from Amazon Prime Video to definitely pay attention to. Especially for the excellent performances by Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton.
The first horror bombshell of the year works at low intensity and submerged in intimate drama codes. A young woman obsessed with religion and with the fact that God speaks of her through her (Morfydd Clark) believes that she has a divine mission that consists of saving the soul of her last patient, a terminally ill woman who in the past was a famous dancer. The fine line that separates extreme devotion and manic unreason is crossed over and over again in a film that plays at being pious and profane at the same time, with a sublime and atrocious aesthetic and which is one of the most sweeping debuts in recent years , that of the screenwriter and director Rose Glass.
The Painter and the Thief Trailer
A very unique documentary, the kind that is enjoyed as if it were an authentic suspense film full of plot twists, in which a Czech painter, Barbora Kysilkova, establishes a curious relationship of sincere friendship with one of the thieves who stole a couple of paintings a while back. The feelings that flourish between the two, unexpected and full of twists and turns, are at the core of this amazing documentary.
Although this Kitty Green movie does not give real names, the symbolic link to the Harvey Wenstein case, here in a clever out-of-field constant, is obvious. Her thriller pace in no way softens the harshness and tragedy of her subject, and Julia Garner justly becomes one of the breakout actresses of the season.
With magnificent performances by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti and a wonderful capacity for constant surprise, it is one of the comedies of the year, and also one of the most vital and appropriate films for the times we are living in, condemned as we are to an eternal return.