The season's buzziest films from 'Attila' to 'Zero'
22. “Child's Pose”
Director: Calin Peter Netzer
Stars: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache
Why we're excited: Okay, so I've already seen this one – but let me tell you, I'm more excited to see it again than I am to see some far bigger attractions for the first time. The latest critical darling to emerge from the seemingly unstoppable Romanian new wave, this riveting moral drama was a deserving winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin back in February, and is Romania's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Don't be surprised if it pops up in the race come January. Meanwhile, we can only dream of appropriate awards recognition for Gheorghiu's stunning performance as an upper-class society matriarch deviously playing the system to wriggle her feckless son out of a manslaughter conviction; it's a story of personal and political corruption that plays out with all the urgency of the tautest thriller. Meryl Streep would kill for a US remake.
- Guy Lodge