I listed the best five films of 2015 alphabetically. These are of course my personal choices. There are so many good films released in 2015; however, the five films listed below have some special distinctions as each of them revisits human condition, uncovers moral dilemma, asks big questions, and enforces us to rethink about the meaning of life.
The first film is El Clan directed by Pablo Trapero. The film is an intriguing endavour to reflect the social and political atmosphere of Argentine through exploring the case of the Puccio family who kidnapped four people in Bounes Aires in the early 1980s and killed three of them. The story has dramatic endings.
The second movie is Labyrinth of Lies directed by the Italian actor and producer Giulio Ricciarelli. The film was actually released in the last quarter of 2014, but became availabe in many theaters around the world in 2015. The story is based on a true event and revolves around Johann Radmann who is a young and idealist public prosecutor. His unflinching quest for the truth unveils a deep social network colored by crimes and the Nazis.
The third film is Room. It is a drama thriller directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The story is based on the novel written by Emma Donoghue. The film delves into the tragic time spent in a small squalid room when Larson and her 5-year-old son were taken captives. Their escaping story to gain their freedoms and the experience of learning the life outside first time through the lense of 5-year-old kid are the dramatic exposures that make the film both special and unique in many terms. The films helps understand the human condition in a locked place for a very long time.
The fourth film is Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy. The film is based on a series of stories by the real Spotlight Team at the Boston Globe that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film uncovers a pattern of sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests in Massachusetts and an ongoing cover-up by the Boston Archdiocese. Through a man who heads a victim's rights organization they widen their search to 13 priests. The film deftly shows the dark side of religious institutions, the abuse of power, the silence of certain agencies to give a voice to the victims.
Finally, the last film is Suburra directed by Stefano Sollima and based on the novel by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo of the same title. Suburra signifies the ancient name of the Suburbs of the capital city Rome. The film projects the notorious political-criminal nexus in Italy. Pierfrancesco Favino, one of my favourite Italian actors, also takes the leading role in the disguise of an influential politician who has solid criminal networks.