One of our favorite movies, Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim is hitting the IFC airways tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The film takes Thomas Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and transplants it to 19th century America. It stars Milla Jovovich as a brothel owner, Peter Mullan as the town’s ersatz mayor, and Nastassja Kinski as an ailing newcomer whose arrival means trouble for the town. Accompanying her is her teenage daughter Hope, played by the talented Sarah Polley.
Sarah Polley has a knack for picking great movies, so we thought we would take a moment and countdown our top picks. While there is a good chance that the sci fi horror film Splice should be on the list, we have not seen it and cannot judge it’s merits. As for Dawn of the Dead, we talked about that yesterday.
In no particular order, here are our five favorite Sarah Polley movies:
It’s no secret that Go! is an IFC favorite:
Atom Egoyan’s Sweet Hereafter is a hauntingly beautiful portrait of a town reeling in the wake of an unthinkable tragedy:
It is physically impossible to hate Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen. Want to argue? Do it in the comments:
Oscar Winner Kathryn Bigelow directed the thriller The Weight of Water, casting Sarah Polley as a long-dead murder victim whose death has contemporary meaning. It also stars Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley:
Isabel Coixet’s My Life Without Me puts Sarah Polley in the position of trying to make the most out of a life cut short. Like many of Sarah Polley’s films it is intermittently heartbreaking, beautiful, and funny:
The Claim airs on IFC at 8 p.m. ET