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These films don't tell stories in the traditional sense. They create a sense of transcendent wonder by other means; sound, editing, color manipulation and temporal manipulation. Their meaning is not always immediately apparent, but you will still be thinking about them days, even years after.
I could have filled the entire list with Tarkovsky, but I restrained myself. This film still stands as a testament to the creative spirit in a way that very few films do.
I have a romantic streak. It begins here.
And ends here. Lonliness is rarely captured in all its fragile longing. No other film I can think of does it better.
We are a part of the world we are destroying. This movie is devastating.
Another Russian / Eastern European. Maybe that's a theme.
Grief in all its transformative glory. Again, any and all Kieslowski films could have been on this list.
This is a touchstone. Everyone who cares about the art of film must see these.
Soulful doesn't mean you can't be funny.
An overlooked masterpiece.
An actual poet who made films. Love him.
Okay, so maybe we'll do 11. Do I really have to tell you why this is amazing?