The Washington Times has a story about what a great year it was for docs:

Documentaries also enjoyed a resurgence. "Winged Migration," "To Be and To Have" and "Capturing the Friedmans" (Director Jarecki on right); belong in any list of the 10 or dozen best movies of the year.

The fact that "To Be and To Have," a French movie about a dedicated rural schoolteacher, was also the best foreign-language import of the year illustrates what a weak year it was for fictional movies from abroad. Modest cases can be made for "Jet Lag," which matched Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno as a romantic-comedy team, and for "Mondays in the Sun," which showcased Javier Bardem in a commanding role.

The most entertaining import was a neglected, virtuoso murder mystery retrieved by the American Film Institute, Jean-Jacques Beineix's "Mortal Transfer," released a few years ago in France.

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