Venecia 2019

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Movies I saw at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, ranked

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1. Ad Astra (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 62,701 | Gross: $35.40M

2. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Merritt Wever, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Votes: 1,143

3. Giants Being Lonely (2019)

81 min | Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

A pair of players on a successful high school baseball team, the Giants, come of age in the American South.

Director: Grear Patterson | Stars: Alejandro Castro Arias, Tal Chatterjee, Amalia Culp, Gabe Fazio

Votes: 65

4. Madre (2019)

128 min | Drama, Thriller

Ten years have passed since Elena's son, then six years old, has disappeared. Today Elena lives and works at a seaside restaurant until she meets a teenager who reminds her of her missing son.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Marta Nieto, Alex Brendemühl, Jules Porier, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 80

5. Balloon (2019)

102 min | Drama

A family struggles against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.

Director: Pema Tseden | Stars: Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso

Votes: 55

6. Joker (I) (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: "The Joker".

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 352,278 | Gross: $192.73M

7. The Truth (2019)

106 min | Drama

71 Metascore

About a stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine's latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier

Votes: 405

8. Ema (2019)

102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Di Girolamo, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero

Votes: 463

9. Revenir (2019)

77 min | Drama

A man in his early thirties returns to the rural farm of his childhood and rejoins the family struggle to get by.

Director: Jessica Palud | Stars: Niels Schneider, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Roman Coustère Hachez, Patrick d'Assumçao

Votes: 40

10. Sh_t Happens (2019)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The caretaker exhausted of everything. His frustrated wife. Totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to some absurd events, because sh_t happens all the time.

Directors: Michaela Mihályi, David Stumpf

Votes: 11

11. Darling (2019)

16 min | Short, Drama, Romance

As a new show is introduced at an erotic dance theatre in Lahore, a sacrificial goat goes missing, a dreamy trans girl desperately tries to become a star and a naive young boy falls in love.

Director: Saim Sadiq | Stars: Alina Khan, Abdullah Malik

Votes: 11

12. GUO4 (2019)

3 min | Short

A confrontation between two swimmers in a locker room.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Csaba Molnár, Gyula Muskovics

Votes: 8

13. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Drama

58 Metascore

In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of a flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, AJ Meijer, Arsenio Castellanos

Votes: 6,171

14. Electric Swan (2019)

40 min | Short

Buildings are not supposed to move. But on Avenida Libertador in Buenos Aires the top floor of a bourgeois building is shaking, causing a mysterious leakage that devours the walls and its ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantina Kotzamani

Votes: 19

15. Adults in the Room (2019)

124 min | Biography, Drama

Greece in 2015: the economy is in tatters and the country is on the verge of bankruptcy. A new government rebels against the EU's iron-fisted rule and inspires millions of Europeans. Based on the political memoirs of Yanis Varoufakis.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Christos Loulis, Alexandros Bourdoumis, Ulrich Tukur, Daan Schuurmans

Votes: 3,257

16. Austral Fever (2019)

21 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Middle-aged Amanda and her teenager son invite his friend to their remote cottage for the holidays. When the friend is wounded, it introduces an unexpected emotional dynamic into the group.

Director: Thomas Woodroffe | Stars: Francisca Gavilán, Nicolas Sobarzo, José Soza, Roberto Villena

Votes: 9

17. My Days of Glory (2019)

98 min | Comedy

An actor who enjoyed success in his youth finds his career and life in a downward spiral as he gets older.

Director: Antoine de Bary | Stars: Noée Abita, Damien Chapelle, Emmanuelle Devos, Vincent Furic

Votes: 27

20. Give Up The Ghost (2019)

15 min | Short

Salam's dream of becoming a mother shatters when she finds out that she is unable to have children with her husband. A lifetime of convictions and beliefs are put to the test as Salam realizes she must make a choice.

Director: Zain Duraie | Stars: Nibal Al Awadi, Ziad Bakri, Amin Safi, Maria Zreik

Votes: 10

21. Jìyuántái qihào (2019)

125 min | Animation

70 Metascore

An English literature student living in 1960s Hong Kong finds himself caught in a love triangle with the woman he is tutoring and her mother.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 131

22. Wasp Network (2019)

123 min | Thriller

53 Metascore

The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal

Votes: 292

23. The Tears Thing (2019)

25 min | Short

Florence is an actress. Preparations for her new role will challenge her in a way she could never have seen coming.

Director: Clémence Poésy | Stars: India Hair, Sabine Timoteo, Pierre Lopez, Eric Forestier

Votes: 7

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