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My number 1 film of the year,
This review is from: Children of Men [DVD]  (DVD)
The images and sounds from this film have stayed with me in the weeks since I first saw it. It has a melancholic, immersive, and earthy quality that is quite special, and builds a slowly dawning sense of hope and grace against the growing despair of the world it depicts. A few critics have marked it down slightly saying it is 'flawed'. I don't know what this means - surely everything is flawed in some way and it feels like they are looking for ways to not give 5 stars to what they see as a 'sci-fi' film. This film not only has the best technical direction of 2006, but addresses our most important contemporary issues with genuine heart and from-the-gut emotions. And I can't think of any other film that is so 'tactile': mud, wet grass, crumbling buildings, the dawn light, the wind in the trees. No film this year will deliver such a moving blend of sadness, wonder and hope.