5. Christopher Eccleston in Jude - I decided against a full review, and tried as a I might I couldn't quite find an obvious alternative, other than James Woods, but...I still didn't want to watch that film again. Eccleston to his part gives a fine performance here. It isn't anything too notable overall, as this sort wistful poetic type stuck, in his view, in a more provincial life. Eccleston gives a fine portrayal of sort of the romantic needs of the character, and his low key anguish regarding his inability to seemingly find quit the right life for himself. It doesn't amount to anything truly remarkable by any measure. His chemistry with Kate Winslet as the similarly minded woman is more than fine, though not especially notable. He is in fact a bit more interesting in his sort of anti-chemistry with Rachel Griffiths, as the woman he finds himself with, but is hardly of his dreams. Eccleston carries the film, and the character, well, but it doesn't leave too much of an impression in the end.
Best Scene: Finding what his son has done.
4. Phillippe Torreton in Captain Conan - Torreton gives a terrific performance in portraying a man who fashions himself as a true warrior, doing whatever it takes to win the battle and his carry his troops through even rather questionable circumstances.
Best Scene: Ending.
3. Timothy Spall in Secrets & Lies - Spall gives a great performance
here in capturing such an honesty and powerful depiction of a strictly
Best Scene: Final speech.
2. Jeffrey Wright in Basquiat - Wright gives a fascinating portrayal of
an artist with a striking perspective however one that leaves him lost
within the world.
Best Scene: Leaving the world.
1. Max von Sydow in Hamsun - Good predictions Shaggy, Michael McCarthy and Luke. The legendary Max von Sydow delivers one of his best performance in capturing such a unique and remarkable portraits of a "great man" living beyond his time while struggling with a deafness towards the world, even beyond his physical limitations.