2015 has been a heck of a year and while you may agree or disagree with the ranking of our list, hopefully you will not disagree with the inclusion of any of these varied works of cinema that make up Close-Up’s 10 favorites’ of 2015.
“The Gift started for me with a simple premise: what would happen if a high school bully ran into his victim fifteen or so years later? What would or could be the effects? How might the past come to bear on the present? How could the past, unaccounted and unresolved, rupture a present situation?
Joel Edgerton literally does it all in this anxiety-inducing thriller. It’s somewhat of a concept piece, with the conceit whereby a figure from the past re-emerges in order to make one reassess the status of your present state. At 108 minutes it never outstays it’s welcome and will leave many wishing there was more to follow in the form a finite resolution. It ends in delicious, if horrific ambiguity.