2020 was an atypical year in all areas, but entertainment was one of the most affected. Cinemas remain closed in several countries, major productions have been discontinued and films that were long awaited have been launched on streaming services. Even with the setbacks, several releases are worth mentioning. Bula brought together in a list the ten best of the year, according to the public's assessment on the IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes websites, which specialize in cinema. Among them are the animation “Dois Irmãos: Uma Jantada Fantástica”, by Dan Scanlon; the drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”, by Eliza Hittman; and the romantic comedy “Palm Springs”, directed by Max Barbakow.
In 18th century France, Marianne is a young painter hired to make a portrait of Héloïse, without her knowing it. Héloïse's mother intends to send the painting to a daughter's suitor, offering it in marriage. As the plan is a secret, during the day Marianne disguises herself as Heloïse's chaperone and spends her nights painting. Over time, she falls in love with her model.
Autumn is a 17-year-old teenager living in rural Pennsylvania. Upon discovering that she is pregnant, she despairs and tries to induce an abortion. As the attempt fails, she asks Skylar, her cousin and best friend, for help. So Skylar steals money from the warehouse where she works to pay for a safe abortion for her cousin. But since the procedure is prohibited in Pennsylvania, they travel together to New York.
On November 9, Nyles wakes up and gets ready to go to the wedding of a couple of friends. At the party, he starts talking to Sarah. Nyles and Sarah then spend the night together. The next morning, the two realize that they are reliving November 9 again, and so on. Without a solution, they decide to make the most of their time together, until problems start to appear.
The film tells the story of three black friends who fought in the Vietnam War: Otis, Eddie and Melvin. Years later, they decide to return to the place where they fought, in search of the remains of the squad leader. In addition, they hope to find a treasure that was hidden by their friend. On that journey, ex-soldiers have to deal with painful memories of the war.
Victim of domestic violence, Cecilia runs away from home and abandons her husband, a scientist known for being a physics genius. Some time later, he commits suicide, leaving Cecilia a fortune. Although relieved, she begins to be pursued by someone who cannot see and suspects that her ex has managed to create the invisibility formula and is looking for revenge.
On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes discovers that her mother has disappeared without a trace. After a free and loving childhood, she is under the care of her brothers, who threaten to send her to boarding school. Determined to find her mother, Enola flees to London, where she discovers a major conspiracy behind the disappearance. She becomes a brilliant detective, overcoming the famous brother, Sherlock Holmes.
Adam is an introspective and intelligent teenager who dreams of being a great chef. In the last year of high school, after an incident during class, he is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He starts treatment and moves to a new school, where he plans to keep his illness a secret until he graduates. But he ends up falling in love with a colleague, Maya, and needs to open up to her.
Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful, rich and intelligent young woman. To continue taking care of her widowed father, she says she does not intend to marry, but likes to act as a matchmaker, bringing together the singles of the region. After meeting the innocent Harriet Smith, Emma finds the perfect distraction: finding an ideal husband for her new friend. The film is based on the homonymous work by Jane Austen.
Barley and Ian are two elven brothers who live in a world full of magical creatures, only that they all replaced magic with the use of technology. Missing their father, who they never got to know, they find a gift left by him before he died: a staff that can bring him back to life for a day. But, the brothers are inexperienced and the spell goes wrong. Now, they need to find a way to reverse the error and get to see their father.
Turquoise is a black woman struggling to raise her daughter, Kai, in the interior of Texas on her own. She is training Kai to participate in the Miss Juneteenth contest, of which she was the winner years ago. The competition grants the winner a full scholarship to college. In her day, Turquoise was unable to continue her studies because she became pregnant with Kai. But now she hopes her daughter will have a different future.