With some festive season downtime looming, and couches and (air-conditioned) cinemas seats beckoning, here is Limelight’s pick of the best films of 2023. Pass the popcorn!

#10: Close

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2022, Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s heartstopping drama zooms in on that fragile period when the bonds between children who have grown up together are tested and frequently broken by new peer groups and emerging social pressures. A beautiful film that anyone who has ever felt the sting of rejection – or unwittingly delivered it – will be touched by. The acting performances by the two young leads are tremendous.

Close is streaming on Stan.

#9: Living

Living Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood in Living.

Screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro and director Oliver Hermanus’ remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru (To Live) transplants the story of a dying civil servant from Tokyo to post-war London. Art direction (Adam Marshall), costume (British film legend Sandy Powell) and cinematography (Jamie Ramsay) flawlessly conjure the England of the ration book years and Bill Nighy delivers a...