This tumultuous decade saw an international array of incredibly innovative and profound films about desperate lives, questionable, identities, hidden histories and the power of imagination and human resilience. Here in alphabetical order is the Emory Department of Film Studies selection of best films of the decade. Faculty raters include Matthew H. Bernstein, chair of film studies, along with lecturers William Brown and Eddy Von Mueller.
AMOROS PERROS (2000) Roughly translated as “Love is a Bitch,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first feature follows characters from three social strata in the harsh cauldron of contemporary Mexico City. Their lives are connected (each involves a dog) and thrown into disarray by a random car accident. Iñárritu achieves a sometimes disturbing, but ultimately emotionally engaging, sense of realism by using documentary film techniques. We seem to swim in the world of characters as the hand held camera shakes and moves through an urban landscape