Sight & Sound Picks ‘Tree of Life’ Best Film of 2011
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Sight & Sound hasn't revealed the full results of their poll, which brings together a sizable collection of critics from the U.K. and elsewhere, but on Friday they announced on Twitter that Terrence Malick's film won "by a country mile." The poll issue will hit newsstands tomorrow, but S&S also revealed that "A Separation," director Asghar Farhadi's festival-favorite drama about an estranged married couple that is Iran's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, was No. 2. (It hits the U.S. at the very end of the year.)
Although Sight & Sound and its annual poll are known for favoring world cinema, this is the second straight year that an American film has topped the poll: "The Social Network" beat out "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" in 2010. Of course, Malick's poetic film about family, God, existence and dinosaurs is hardly your typical American movie. As divisive as it's been since its premiere at Cannes, "The Tree of Life" has its very passionate supporters, which will probably translate into lots of notice when critics' Top 10 lists start showing up between now and late December. But don't be surprised if the film also makes some folks' 10 Worst lists: It's that type of movie.