Another year of cinema ends. An intense 2021 , once again marked by the pandemic but where we have recovered a certain normality and which has left us great movies .

While we figure out how to spend another Christmas in the best possible company despite the threat of the virus, it’s time to review the film harvest of the last twelve months.

Without further ado, I encourage you to take a walk through 21 works that have made me happy in 2021:

Another round (Druk, 2020)

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg. Cast : Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, Susse Wold, Maria Bonnevie…

The final sequence alone has already earned it a place among the most memorable movies of the year. An original starting point with a splendid cast and a filmmaker giving his all to pay tribute to his daughter. I’d say it’s almost necessary for any adult with even the slightest concern about how to live life when you think you’ve got it figured out.

Nobody (Nobody, 2021)

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Director : Ilya Naishuller. Cast : Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Essiembre, JP Manoux…

One of the funniest and most enjoyable movies of the year. There’s no reflection here, just an unexpected and charismatic action hero who decides he’s had enough and unleashes his full fury. Violent and filmed with style, it is a recommendable alternative to “John Wick” and a great option for a tedious day, or shitty, something common in these times of Covid.

The Mitchells against the machines (The Mitchells vs. the Machines, 2021)

Mitchell Against the Machines

Direction : Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe. Cast (voices): Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen…

Possibly the best family movie of the year . We usually use the word “jewel” when we have loved an animated film and sometimes it may seem that it is already a cliché and that we say it out of inertia. Here it fits wonderfully. Fun and excitement for all audiences with a delicious film buff touch that tries to remind us that we don’t need the Internet all the time to be happy.

Psycho Goreman (2020)

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More incorrect than the previous one but just as fun and familiar. One of those kinds of proposals that were popular decades ago, where fantasy and terror go hand in hand with stories for children. Here you are going to discover one of the most adorable monsters of recent years . The lack of means is compensated with ingenuity and jokes. It earns the cult title tag immediately.

A quiet place 2 (A Quiet Place. Part II, 2021)

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Address : John Krasinski. Cast : Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou.

An exemplary sequel . More show to continue exploring the story and the characters, without losing the essence of the proposal that was successful in the previous installment. Solid horror entertainment that could also serve perfectly well for a family afternoon. Remember Spielberg from ‘The War of the Worlds’ and ‘Jurassic Park’.

Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

Director : Bo Burnham.

The most inspired comedy special of the year. An hour of Burnham cooped up at home, capturing the madness of life in a pandemic and his view of today’s world through a hilarious and razor-sharp set list. An incredible display of talent that also has room for the less enjoyable part of the artistic process.

Riders of justice (Riders of Justice, 2020)

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Direction : Anders Thomas Jensen. Cast : Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller, Nicolas Bro, Andrea Heick Gadeberg…

Mikkelsen reappears on this list with another essential title, in my TOP 3 released this year. An inspired mix of comedy and drama, she has a lovable cast of characters, wounded guys who become friends while trying to apply their own law and beat life for once. A film that brightens the day, recommended for all those who have participated in great infallible plans and ideal for these dates .

Clear history (Effacer l’historique, 2020)

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Direction : Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern. Cast : Blanche Gardin, Corinne Masiero, Denis Podalydès, Denis O’Hare, Benoît Poelvoorde…

In a similar vein, but changing the violence for more bad temper, we find other characters who have grown tired of the miserable life they are leading and try to escape from it by applying breaking the rules. This pathetic revenge against the Internet and the new routines of modernity is as uncomfortable and hilarious as it is appropriate . Among his memorable gags, a nod to the Farrellys and the anxiety of the series.

Luke (2021)

Directed by: Enrico Casarosa . I share (you go): Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan…

The Pixar studio has a problem: matching the greatness of its most imaginative productions. Here it could be said that we are facing one of his least successful, simplest and most childish works; However, compared to the rest of the cinema released in 2021 (and in any other year, really), we find ourselves with a very beautiful friendship story full of fun and emotion . A joy for all audiences.

The suicide squad (The Suicide Squad, 2021)

Address : James Gunn. Cast : Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Juan Diego Botto, Peter Capaldi, Viola Davis.

Proof that all “superhero” movies are not the same. Sometimes it is possible to detect an author behind these comic book adaptations destined to make a box office; Gunn was given enough leeway from Warner and DC to create this festive, raunchy action-comedy , packed with genre-bending moments and supported by an endearing cast of “super-weirdos.” His ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for over 18s.

Annette (2021)

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Address : Leos Carax. Cast : Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Kiko Mizuhara, Natalie Mendoza…

The expected return of Carax did not disappoint. Comedy, romance, fantasy, horror and musical come together in a beautiful dark tale that flies free and twists expectations to offer a fascinating descent into the underworld of the soul, while speaking of ambition and love. A risky bet that succeeds. In Driver’s year, here he gives everything.

Dune (2021)

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Directed by: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa…

Surely the most powerful blockbuster of the year . After daring to continue an untouchable classic with ‘Blade Runner 2049’, Villeneuve confirms himself as the new Nolan with another amazing fantastic drama, the first part of an adaptation that seemed cursed and that has helped to regenerate the box office. One of those amazing fantasies that are only possible with all the money in the world (watch out for the cast), in the hands of a very skilled filmmaker.

No time to die (No Time To Die, 2021)

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Address : Cary Joji Fukunaga. StarringDaniel Craig, Rami Malek, Leah Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Anna De Armas, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz.

Another of the great shows that cinema needed to recover an audience delivered to the comfort of streaming platforms. Fukunaga also seems to be inspired by Nolan (perhaps Hans Zimmer’s music is partly to blame) in this intense installment of 007 that closes Craig’s stage . The film goes from more to less, it does not maintain the level of an incredible start, but this James Bond is pure entertainment and the end is already the history of the seventh art.

Titanium (2021)

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Direction : Julia Ducournau. ​Cast: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Dominique Frot, Nathalie Boyer, Myriem Akheddiou…

If I only had to choose one film title from 2021, I would go for this work by Ducournau, winner of the last Palme d’Or. Unclassifiable, free, explosive, stylish and bewitching, this energetic crossover of genres manages to create its own identity, a unique work with an absolutely captivating love story . There is no other movie like it.

Lamb (The Beast, 2021)

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Direction : Valdimar Jóhannsson. Cast : Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson…

Unexpectedly, Cannes 2021 was a festival marked by the fantastic genre where we discovered some extraordinary creatures. After Annette and Titane, here we meet a very special little lamb that unleashes the conflict in a powerful dramatic thriller that simmers in the harsh Icelandic landscape. Just for some mind-blowing images , ‘Lamb’ deserves to be in this selection.

The story of my wife (The Story of My Wife, 2021)

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Direction : Ildikó Enyedi. Cast : Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber, Louis Garrel, Jasmine Trinca, Josef Hader…

Exquisite and monumental romantic drama (169 minutes) that tells the odyssey of a pragmatic captain who decides to marry the first woman who appears at the door, literally. Fortune brings him as many joys as troubles; jealousy and lies take over him, disturb and consume him. A beautiful and complex work, with imperfect characters that are destroyed by love.

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A charming handful of stories with the unmistakable stamp of its author, which brings together one of the most impressive casts of the year. If movies were food, this would be a sophisticated dessert from a nostalgic and mocking American chef inspired by French manners. It is possible to question the originality of Anderson but I am conquered by his style; I still enjoy the adventures of his eccentric characters.

A second (Yi miao zhong, 2020)

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What starts out as a tragicomedy about two homeless men in the desert turns into an exciting family story and a wonderful homage to cinema . To the trade behind its projection and its bewitching and transformative capacity. A beautiful tale narrated by a teacher who once again demonstrates his mastery of the art of storytelling, without losing the opportunity to offer a critical reading of his country.

Little Mama (2021)

Direction : Celine Sciamma. Cast: Gabrielle Sanz, Joséphine Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Margot Abascal, Stéphane Varupenne…

After falling in love with ‘Portrait of a woman on fire’, Sciamma returns with a simpler work that is equally loaded with sensitivity, emotion and beauty. A creative fantastic story whose appearance hides a drama that touches the soul; he manages to talk about many things in a subtle way, relying on the naturalness of two totally adorable little actresses .

The Green Knight (The Green Knight, 2021)

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Directed by: David Lowery. Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Barry Keoghan, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris…

We go from elegant simplicity to fantastical epic with another of the unforgettable films of the year. The Arthurian myth becomes the setting for an absorbing coming-of-age journey full of adventure and horror . An amazing experience where the beauty of the images and the atmosphere of a sinister Christmas tale manage to transport you to a magical world. That little fox is another of the creatures of 2021.

The wheel of fortune and fantasy (Guzen to sozo, 2021)

We end this memorable film orgy with one of the two films presented this year by Hamaguchi, an author who has fascinated me. The other one that has premiered, ‘Drive my Car’, would be my other great crush of 2021 together with ‘Titane’, but it has not yet reached Spanish theaters beyond festivals. So instead I recommend this exquisite collection of short stories where characters search for love in different ways. To truly connect with someone, in a genuinely intimate and meaningful way. A quest that can be frustrating but worth pursuing. That magic exists. Like the great cinema that inspires, that encourages to live and enjoy.