Every December, cineplexes teem with marquee actors, posh accents and somber themes, all of them assembled to attract awards-season attention. And some of these (mostly Anglo-American) ingredients will indeed help their respective movies get statuettes.
But the year's best films came from all over the globe. And they were distinguished not by the usual artistic suspects but by distinctive personal visions.
These are my choices for 2008's 10 most remarkable movies, listed alphabetically. They're so good that I barely regret the ones (see below) left on the cutting-room floor.