Christophe Honoré’s Top 10

Christophe Honoré’s Top10

Born in Brittany, Christophe Honoré published several books for young readers in the nineties, then four novels with Les Éditions de l’Olivier. He collaborated on a number of screenplays before directing his first movie in 2002, Seventeen Times Cécile Cassard. His other films include Ma mère (2004), Love Songs (2007), The Beloved (2011), and his newly released Sorry Angel (2018). On stage, he has directed three of his own plays. He is currently working on Les idoles, his new play that pays tribute to several artists who died of AIDS.

Feb 27, 2019
  • 1

    Contempt

    Jean-Luc Godard

    The more I rewatch it, the more I love cinema, and the less I understand it. Few films have managed to morph into cinema itself. Contempt is cinema found, it’s cinema experienced like a sunset on the world.

  • 2

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    Orson Welles

    The Magnificent Ambersons is the most important of films for a director. It’s because of Welles, because he repeats to us, again and again, that cinema and childhood go hand in hand. And that theater is the birth of cinema.

  • 3

    Chungking Express

    Wong Kar-wai

    The film that was my youth. That looked upon it, initiated it, comforted it. It’s Chungking Express that taught me to love badly. And to eat canned pineapples.

  • 4

    Lola

    Jacques Demy

    I fell in love with Lola when I was twelve. I fell in love with Anouk Aimée, with all the characters, with Nantes, with Jacques Demy, with cinema. Lola isn’t anything much, just a woman who walks the streets of a ghost town. But that walk speaks of beauty, and the end of beauty. That walk says everything about the vain effort of filming.

  • 5

    Jules and Jim

    François Truffaut

    Truffaut is French cinema all by himself. He is Renoir, Vigo, Guitry. He is also Balzac, Stendhal, Proust. He is the true Eiffel Tower of France.

  • 6

    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Perhaps that which we called modernity in Europe died here, in this film in ruins. In any case, modern cinema certainly did. Afterward, we had to make do with the shadow that film cast.

  • 7

    The Awful Truth

    Leo McCarey

    Grant, money, and adultery: the American trinity.

  • 8

    My Own Private Idaho

    Gus Van Sant

    Characters and film alike seem to search for masters over which to reign. Everything is at once soft and poisonous, clear and uncertain. Sensual and cold. It is all irresistible.

  • 9

    Mystery Train

    Jim Jarmusch

    A film to live in. A film in which I can spend evenings and afternoons smoking, reading and sleeping. I’ve tried a hundred times to remake a Jarmusch tracking shot, I’ve never gotten close. They move at a speed that belongs only to him. Jarmusch is the metronome of a precious melancholy.

  • 10

    Yi Yi

    Edward Yang

    I dream to one day succeed at making a film as profound, nonchalant, intelligent, and delicate as Yi Yi. A film like the end of an afternoon observed and imagined behind the windowpane of a mall café.