Continuing the countdown of my favorite 2021 movies…
Best Films of 2021
#9 – Flee
Nominated for an historic trifecta of Oscars — Animated Film, Foreign Film, and Documentary — director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
The film chronicles the troubled childhood of Amin (an alias), who fled both Afghanistan and Russia to escape a round robin of authoritarian regimes. Amin is telling his story for the first time, encouraged by his friend of 20+ years.
The Danish film Flee made history a few weeks back when it became the first movie ever nominated for Best Documentary, Best International Feature, and Best Animated Feature. It’s as unique and fascinating as that intersection of qualities suggests.
I will have more to say about Flee when I get to my top ten list, but for now I want to highlight one of my favorite scenes from the film and another of my favorite musical moments from last year.