‘The good boss’, the labor satire directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem, is among the favorite films of 2022 by former US President Barack Obama (2009-2017), who also put ‘Tár’ on his list, with Cate Blanchett.
His lists with cultural recommendations have become a tradition at the end of the year and the one published on December 23 with the films that he liked the most also opts for ‘The Fabelmans’, the autobiographical drama inspired by the childhood and youth of director Steven Spielbergfrom whom in 2021 he chose ‘West Side Story’.
‘Decision to leave’, a sensual and intricate romantic thriller from South Korean Park Chan-wook, and ‘The woman king’, the story based on true events of a regiment of women in Africa at the beginning of the 19th century and led by Viola Davisis added to what the former Democratic president considers the best of the year.
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Among the 17 recommended films is also the documentary ‘Descendant’, of which he himself admits that he does not judge it objectively because it was produced by Higher Ground, the production company he shares with his wife, Michelle Obama.
‘A hero’, from the Oscar director, the Iranian Asghar Farhadi; the emotional ‘Petite maman’, by the French Céline Sciamma, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, in which Tom Cruise returns to embody the military pilot Pete Mitchellare included in that list open to other recommendations:
Obama also spread on Twitter his summary of what in his opinion are the best books of the year, which he heads with the one published by Michelle, ‘The light we carry’, a kind of self-help manual and advice inspired by his life.
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‘Trust’, by the Argentinian Hernán Díaz, is part of the 13 selected, most of them by writers, such as ‘The Candy House’, by Jennifer Egan; ‘The school for good mothers’, by Jessamine Chan, or “The revolutionary: Samuel Adams”, by Stacy Schiff.