This is the top ten of the films that had an impact in 2023 – El Sol de México

According to the film critic of this publishing house, Gerardo Gil Ballesteros, these are the films that stole the hearts of many, were box office winners or were moved by the type of story they tell. In case you haven’t seen them, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy these films.

“The Fabelmans”

This Steven Spielberg film, nominated for seven Oscars, stars Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano and Judd Hirsch; addresses the story of Sammy Fabelman who is trying to film his first movie at his house.

“Spielberg makes a deeply moving film, it is a confession by a creator about what has driven him to move and reach people’s sensibilities. It is a film that is a way of telling people: ‘this is what drives me, what created what I am,’” said the expert.

The film has raised $45,637,188 worldwide.


The film with worldwide gross of 63.5 million dollars captures the decadence, depravity and excesses of a rising artist in the 1920s in Hollywood. The film is directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire and the Mexican Diego Calva.

“It was belittled at the Oscar, but it is an x-ray of the world of the seventh art,” says Gil Ballesteros.

“The Moon Killers”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert de Niro are in charge of the story directed by Martin Scorsese that tells the investigation of the murders committed to a tribe of Native Americans in Oklahoma after oil was found on their lands.

“Scorsese vindicates the reason for being cinema of entertainment and reflection beyond the garbage in which we are involved with superhero cinema, it is a mixture of what Hollywood commercial narrative cinema is, I consider it a work of art ”says the critic.

“Lost in the night”

From director Amat Escalante, with the participation of stars such as Ester Expósito, Bárbara Mori, Juan Daniel García Treviño and Fernando Bonilla, the story tells of the search carried out by Emiliano, after the disappearance of his mother, an activist who was protesting against the mining industry.

Gerardo Gil Ballesteros details that “a sector of critics has criticized the film a lot because it hired commercial actors, it is a very interesting film, it can be a kind of adolescent film, about growth, but with a brutal social connotation. It makes an x-ray of the social hierarchies in this country, I think it is a great film.”


Film by director Lila Avilés, it portrays a day in the life of “Sol”, a seven-year-old girl, who helps in the preparations for her father’s surprise party. However, as the hours pass, the ties that keep that family together are put to the test. The feature film stars Montserrat Marañón and Naíma Senties. It is possible that she will be one of the nominees for the next Oscar, representing Mexico.

“The director, in “La Camarista” (her previous film) makes a social x-ray of the anonymous greats of our society and in Tótem she addresses the middle and upper middle class in full and absolute crisis and a fundamental character is the house in decline, That social x-ray with some humor seems very interesting to me.”


The story of a donkey who lives with all kinds of people, good, bad and with whom he experiences joy and pain. It is directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. This year it was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best International Feature Film.

“I find the film very interesting, it moved me deeply, I think it is a great film. This film was not afraid to tackle a cinema classic, I really liked the film,” says Gil Ballesteros.

“The quiet girl”

Cáit is a nine-year-old girl, very shy, who, neglected by her family, silently faces school and personal problems. Little Ella is forced to go away from her mother and she finds a new way to live. The direction is by Colm Bairéad, it was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best International Film.

This film, says the critic, “is moving, it is very careful not to blackmail the public and I believe that with certain subtleties it touches us a lot with respect to the story of this girl who goes through very complicated situations, which make her mature and “It means a social x-ray.”

“Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse”

Increasingly, animation is on the rise and this is the case of the film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”. The feature film achieved a worldwide collection of 690 million 516 thousand 673 dollars. For the expert, it is a watershed in this type of cinema. “At the production level it is brutal, in addition to the narrative, it is a milestone in animation”

“Autumn leaves”

Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki, it addresses the story of two lonely people in search of the first love of their lives. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize.

“It has a connotation of social, urban melodrama and is portraying the anonymous greats of cinema, which is the working class; Kaurismäki, with a somewhat Chaplinesque tone, tells a story with hints of humor.”


Although it has not yet been released commercially in Mexico, the film Rather is already in festivals. “In this documentary, director Frank Marshall recounts the rise to fame of Dan Rather, a communicator who had a complex life and a very dramatic public fall. His redemption and resurgence of his voice for a new generation are also narrated.”

Although it is the top ten, “Barbie” by Greta Gerwig (which made a match with Christopher Nolan’s film “Oppenheimer” as the most anticipated at its premiere) and the recent film by Eugenio Derbez, “Radical”, inspired by a real event. This managed to be the highest grossing of this year in Mexico, with more than three million attendees and with a global collection so far of 20 million 747 thousand 656 dollars.

“’Barbie’ is a very good movie, I think it is less feminist than people think. On the other hand, “Radical” is a commercial success, it is a film that the public likes and in light of that there is nothing to say,” concluded the expert.

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