My personal Berlinale Ranking - 2007

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 18 Feb 2012 | updated - 24 Feb 2013 | Public

A ranking from films I saw at the Berlinale 2007. Average Vote for the Festival: 6,50

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1. Away from Her (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Julie Christie, Michael Murphy, Gordon Pinsent, Stacey LaBerge

Votes: 21,015 | Gross: $4.57M

Section Panorama - 10/10

2. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 5,883 | Gross: $0.76M

Competition - 9/10

3. Beaufort (2007)

Unrated | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Alon Aboutboul, Adi Adouan, Ya'akov Ahimeir, Guy Apriat

Votes: 4,450 | Gross: $0.10M

Competition - 9/10

4. The Trap (2007)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

"THE TRAP" is a modern film noir reflecting the true face of Serbian (Eastern European) 'society in transition.' It's a story that could happen to you. It is a film about an ordinary man, ... See full summary »

Director: Srdan Golubovic | Stars: Nebojsa Glogovac, Natasa Ninkovic, Anica Dobra, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic

Votes: 8,614

Forum - 8/10

5. When Darkness Falls (2006)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

A gripping and intense thriller about honour, loyalty, and the courage to fight for what you believe.

Director: Anders Nilsson | Stars: Oldoz Javidi, Bahar Pars, Mina Azarian, César Sarachu

Votes: 1,652

Section Panorama - 8/10

6. Man in the Chair (2007)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

Christopher Plummer plays Flash, a curmudgeon with a hankering for classic movies and booze. Cameron is a volatile teen who commits grand theft auto just because the car is an exact replica... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schroeder | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Michael Angarano, M. Emmet Walsh, Robert Wagner

Votes: 1,607

14plus - 8/10

7. Blindsight (I) (2006)

PG | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure

72 Metascore

Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Gavin Attwood, Sally Berg, Sonam Bhumtso, Dachung

Votes: 637 | Gross: $0.09M

Section Panorama - 8/10

8. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 104,992 | Gross: $2.28M

14plus - 7/10

9. Getting Home (2007)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

A black comedy about a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend, who died far from their town.

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Benshan Zhao, Qiwen Hong, Dandan Song, Degang Guo

Votes: 1,536

Section Panorama - 7/10

10. The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.

Director: Cãtãlin Mitulescu | Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Timotei Duma, Ioan Albu, Sergiu Anghel

Votes: 2,943

14plus - 7/10

11. Anna M. (2007)

106 min | Drama

In the grips of delirious illusion, Anna, a young, gentle and shy young woman convinces herself that Doctor Zanevsky is fervently in love with her. Nothing can shake her certainty... But ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Spinosa | Stars: Isabelle Carré, Gaëlle Bona, Geneviève Mnich, Gilbert Melki

Votes: 795

Section Panorama - 7/10

12. The Lark Farm (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, History

A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Alessandro Preziosi, Ángela Molina

Votes: 2,025

Berlinale Special - 7/10

13. Faces of a Fig Tree (2006)

94 min

Kadowakis' house has a fig tree in the yard. Mr Kadowaki is a construction worker who finds a job in Tokyo. Mrs Kadowaki is a housewife. He keels over and dies one day necessitating the ... See full summary »

Director: Kaori Momoi | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Hanako Yamada, Saburô Ishikura, Katsumi Takahashi

Votes: 48

Forum - 7/10

14. Crusade in Jeans (2006)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

After using his mother's newly built time machine, Dolf gets stuck in the year 1212. He ends up in a children's crusade where he confronts his new friends with modern techniques. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sombogaart | Stars: Johnny Flynn, Stephanie Leonidas, Emily Watson, Michael Culkin

Votes: 3,476

Children Section - 7/10

15. Dasepo Naughty Girls (2006)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Based on the Internet comic strip, Multi-Cell Girl (a.k.a Dasepo sonyo) follows the sexual adventures in one seriously bizarre high school.

Director: Je-yong Lee | Stars: Ok-bin Kim, Jin-woo Park, Kyeon Lee, Ha-Yoon Song

Votes: 878

Section Panorama - 7/10

16. Alice's House (2007)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children, the eldest of whom is doing his military service, and a mother who works as a maid in ... See full summary »

Director: Chico Teixeira | Stars: Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel, Vinicius Zinn, Ricardo Vilaça

Votes: 596 | Gross: $0.06M

Section Panorama - 6/10

17. Vanaja (2006)

111 min | Drama

Vanaja, the 15 year old daughter of a financially troubled fisherman goes to work in the local landlady's house in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance. She does well, but when the Landlady's ... See full summary »

Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli | Stars: Mamatha Bhukya, Urmila Dammannagari, Ramachandriah Marikanti, Krishnamma Gundimalla

Votes: 447 | Gross: $0.15M

14plus - 6/10

18. Boldog új élet (2007)

80 min | Drama

The story takes place in a modern-day anonymous city, with nameless characters. The time of day is uncertain. It is set in a suburban milieu in empty tunnels and abandoned areas in remote ... See full summary »

Director: Árpád Bogdán | Stars: Lajos Orsós, Michaela Göczi, Zsolt Kovács, István Szilvási

Votes: 64

Section Panorama - 6/10

19. Sweet Mud (2006)

90 min | Drama

Set in mid-70's, 12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his undermined mother, whom the Kibbutz members will to denounce.

Director: Dror Shaul | Stars: Tomer Steinhof, Ronit Yudkevitz, Shai Avivi, Pini Tavger

Votes: 704

14plus - 5/10

20. Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)

96 min | Drama

A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question.

Director: Özer Kiziltan | Stars: Erkan Can, Meray Ülgen, Güven Kiraç, Öznur Kula

Votes: 11,493

Section Panorama - 5/10

21. Children of Glory (2006)

123 min | Drama, History, Romance

At the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the Hungarian water polo team faces off against the Russians in what will become known as one of the bloodiest matches in the sport's history.

Director: Krisztina Goda | Stars: Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sándor Csányi, Károly Gesztesi

Votes: 3,982

Berlinale Special - 5/10

22. Poor Boy's Game (2007)

R | 104 min | Drama

Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later, Donnie is out. He's a different man with only one place to go: back home ... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Rossif Sutherland, Danny Glover, Flex Alexander, Greg Bryk

Votes: 1,260

Section Panorama - 5/10

23. Dol (2007)

90 min | Drama

On his wedding day, a Kurdish man must flee through Turkish, then Iraqi and eventually Iranian Kurdistan.

Director: Hiner Saleem | Stars: Nazmi Kirik, Belçim Bilgin, Omer Chawshin, Rojîn Ulker

Votes: 129

Forum - 5/10

24. Antonia (2006)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Musical

Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the underprivileged outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road ... See full summary »

Director: Tata Amaral | Stars: Negra Li, Leilah Moreno, Cindy Mendes, Quelynah

Votes: 389 | Gross: $0.00M

14plus - 4/10

25. Tuli (2005)

113 min | Drama

Tuli (Filipino for circumcise) is the story of Daisy and her life in an isolated Philippine Province. Daisy's father is responsible for the circumcision of almost all the Males in town. ... See full summary »

Director: Auraeus Solito | Stars: Desiree Del Valle, Bembol Roco, Carlo Aquino, Vanna Garcia

Votes: 70

Forum - 4/10

26. Woman on the Beach (2006)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A movie director entices his young friend to come to the beach on the pretext of writing a script. He then starts an affair with the friend's girlfriend.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Seung-woo Kim, Hyun-Jung Go, Seon-mi Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 1,007 | Gross: $0.01M

Section Panorama - 3/10

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