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cléo readers, 

It’s customary, 
come December, that we engage in a certain amount of introspection. This past year — being what it was — conducts little clarity. For us, as we’d expect for many of you, many (really, most) high points of 2017 happened in the theatre.

Here, we’ve shared a list of those films from the year that stayed with 
us, and made these most dire of times more bearable. Plus, we’ve written haikus for each, because we thought you hadn’t seen enough shit as it is:

LADY BIRD

Streaked hair, middle part,
Dave Matthews Band Forever
Flashback to ‘03.

Read Lara Zarum on LADY BIRD for LA Weekly.

I AM NOT A WITCH

An eight-year-old witch
Magic or Superstition?
Either way, she’s bound.

Read Natalie Wardle on I AM NOT A WITCH for Little White Lies.

ON BODY AND SOUL

Slaughterhouse staffers,
Share a surreal connection.
But can they “fawn” love?

Read (our founding editor) Kiva Reardon on ON BODY AND SOUL for Mubi.

GIRLS TRIP

This film is a gift:
Absinthe, dance-off, New Orleans
A modern classic.

Read Doreen St. Félix on GIRLS TRIP for The New Yorker.

SULEIMAN MOUNTAIN

Son returning home
No time for con-man father:
Roadtrip with two wives.

Read the editors of Seventh Row on SULEIMAN MOUNTAIN. 

MAISON DU BONHEUR

Oh, Coup de foudre
A love story all its own:
Juliane and Sophie.

Read Chelsea Phillips-Carr on MAISON DU BONHEUR for POV.

RISK

Dyed hair, sunglasses,
But still wears Gaga t-shirt
Always looks the same.

Tries “cease and desist”
But alas, strengthened resolve,
Complex? Just asshole?

Read Dorothy Woodend on RISK for The Tyee.

SCARY MOTHER

A drab concrete block
Novel, sex, lust, no stranger,
While winged beast hunts kids.

Read Jessica Kiang on SCARY MOTHER for Variety.

THOR

Thor, God of Thunder,
Hangs with emo bro Loki.
Taika Waititi.

Read Marykate Jasper on THOR for The Mary Sue.

FACES PLACES

Agnes Varda fans,
This is your Citizen Kane
Fuck Jean-Luc Godard.

Read Emily Yoshida on FACES PLACES for Vulture. 
PERSONAL SHOPPER

Peak Kristen Stewart
Forbidden organza dress
Lewis is that you?

Read Durga Chew-Bose on PERSONAL SHOPPER for The Globe and Mail. 
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Elio, Eli-
O, Elio, Elio
Elio, Eli-

Read Manohla Dargis on CALL ME BY YOUR NAME for The New York Times.

Yours in cinematic escapism,

The cléo team

Haikus by Cathleen Evans and Mallory Andrews. 
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