OMG did you see the new movie that came out??
I watched all of the oscar nominees. Have you seen them?
BUT YOU'RE IN FILM!
Yes, and that requires me to spend my hours watching classic films, indie films, foreign films, old films, and, oh yeah, my focus is TV so my free time this week was spent binging all the seasons of The Wire. Not just watching it but ANALYZING IT. FILM IS A TIME CONSUMING MAJOR.
“We pretend to regain hope as the image recedes, as though we’ve been cured from that plague. We tell ourselves it was all confined to one country, one point in time. We turn a blind eye to what surrounds us and a deaf ear to the never-ending cries…” Night and Fog (1955) dir. Alain Resnais
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Languageek's Film Favorites ft. More Language Geeks
A Beautiful Life / 不再让你孤单 (2011) - Mandarin
Central Station / Central do Brasil (1998) - Brazilian Portuguese
El Cielo en Tu Mirada (2012) - Spanish (Mexico)
Under the Same Moon / La Misma Luna (2007) - Spanish (Mexico)
Carol’s Journey / El Viaje de Carol (2002) - Spanish (Spain)
Possible Loves / Amores Possíveis (2001) - Brazilian Portuguese
Behind the Sun / Abril Despedaçado (2001) - Brazilian Portuguese
Ghost / ゴースト もういちど抱きしめたい (2010) - Japanese
Time Traveller: The Girl who Leapt Through Time / 時をかける少女 (2010) - Japanese
Puzzled Love (2010) - Spanish (Spain)
Before the World Ends / Antes Que o Mundo Acabe (2009) - Brazilian Portuguese
Instructions not Included / No se Aceptan Devoluciones (2013) - Spanish (Mexico)
Miyazaki Films: Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Arriety, etc. Watch it in Japanese!
From the Languageekies:
The Necessities of Life / Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre (2008) - French, Inuktitut
The Return / Возвращение (2003) - Russian
Burnt by the Sun / Утомлённые солнцем (1994) - Russian
Sex of the Angels / El Sexo de Los Angeles (2012) - Spanish (Spain), Catalan (nsfw)
Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) - German
Blue is the Warmest Color / La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 (2013) - French (nsfw)
The Intouchables / Intouchables (2011) - French
I Killed my Mother / J'ai tué ma mère (2009) - French (Canada)
Micmacs / MicMacs à tire-larigot (2009) - French
Before the Fall / Napola - Elite für den Führer (2004) - German
Run Lola Run / Lola rennt (1998) - German
Men in the City / Männerherzen (2009) - German
Men in the City 2 / Mânnerherzen, und die ganz ganz große Liebe (2011) - German
Amélie / Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) - French
Life is Beautiful / La Vita è Bella (1997) - Italian
City of God / Cidade de Deus (2002) - Brazilian Portuguese
City of Men / Cidade de Homens (2007) - Brazilian Portuguese
Seven Samurai / 七人の侍 (1954) - Japanese
Departures / おくりびと (2008) - Japanese
Elena / Елена (2011) - Russian
The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy your Bath! / Ирония судьбы, или С лёгким паром! (1976) - Russian
Hipsters / Стиляги (2008) - Russian
One Night / Una Noche (2012) - Spanish (Cuba)
The Sea Inside / Mar adentro (2004) - Spanish (Spain)
Chico and Rita / Chico & Rita (2010) - Spanish
Valentín (2002) - Spanish (Argentina)
Brother / Hermano (2010) - Spanish (Venezuela)
Beautiful / Biutiful (2010) - Spanish
The Fish Child / El Niño Pez (2009) - Spanish (Argentina)
Live-In Maid / Cama Adentro (2004) - Spanish (Argentina)
The Official Story / La Historia Oficial (1985) - Spanish (Argentina)
Entre Nos (2009) - Spanish
Volver (2006) - Spanish (Spain)
Together Forever / Juntos Para Siempre (2010) - Spanish (Argentina)
200 Pounds Beauty / 미녀는 괴로워 (2006) - Korean
Silenced / 도가니 (2011) - Korean
Marathon / 말아톤 (2005) - Korean
Norwegian Wood / ノルウェイの森 (2010) - Japanese
Nobody Knows / 誰も知らない (2004) - Japanese
Haute Cuisine (2012) - French
The Women on the 6th Floor / Les Femmes du 6ème étage (2010) - French
Thank you to everyone who contributed! I hope you guys find this useful. Sorry the list is limited to only so many languages; I’m limited to what I study because I’m mainly interested in listening to those languages, and I’m sure the same goes to the people who contributed. If you have any films to add, send me a message and if I get enough, I will make a second version :)
I’m a sucker for the coming of age genre. So a movie about an America black kid and his dad in Germany? I’m all for it.
I thought it was incredibly well-acted, well-paced and yet, does the coming-of-age genre shtick well to boot. Craig Robinson was the star of this thing from start to finish, but Markees Christmas was the reason this film shined as the titular Morris.
I obviously came into this one a mark because of the unique storyline, but just how well executed it was made it a favorite.
I was thinking about what international films I could write about and came up with this list. They’re not all superduperomg profound criterion movies (Close Up is though), but mostly random ones I’ve come across.
I feel like there is sometimes a perception in the US that if you like foreign films, you’re a snob and you think you’re better than people who don’t watch them. I’ve gotten that vibe from people when they’re almost berating me because I haven’t seen X movie. I don’t really get it because I’m happy to watch anything. Let’s sit down and do it. I don’t think foreign films are inherently better than US films. But I’ve always been interested in watching movies from other countries mainly out of curiosity. I remember renting my first subtitled movie in high school (Amelie, obviously), and my family teasing me about it. Idk. When you don’t have the means to travel everywhere, international film is a good way to imagine being elsewhere. A lot of these films have some beautiful cinematography, so it makes it really easy to do that. They’re not all happy films of course.
Movies, like any art, should primarily be enjoyed to me. These are films that captivate me in different ways. I’ve watched these ones a lot or watched them once and been totally blown away like Te Doy Mis Ojos (kind of intense to watch multiple times - involves domestic violence). And I also really like talking about them. I feel like I haven’t been able to talk about a lot of these movies with people.
I would say I really want to write the most about the Celine Sciamma movies and Force Majeure.
Always taking movie recommendations from any country and any time period! :-)
Three close girl friends are bullied at school and must protect each other. One day in one of their gardens they find a flower with special powers. This flower allows the girls to be boys for a few hours every time they drink from it. Although when they are boys life is easier and fun, one girl starts to feel conflicted.
This review will be short because I really don’t want to give anything away. Watching the girls get treated so differently as boys was infuriating to watch. The way they were bullied was awful I wanted to jump in the screen and defend them. The lessons taught in this film are so important. Some people really do not feel like they are themselves in their bodies and when they change into boys you see this. I also love how they showed how fluid sexuality is. This might be a spoiler but even when one of them changes into a boy she still has feelings for girls and boys. Bisexuality is so frowned upon I’m glad this film normalized it and made it look like an option to people who probably don’t get it.
This film is Swedish so there are subtitles but it’s worth it. Its imagery is dark and brooding just like the girls. The acting is superb across the board. I was so impressed with this young cast. I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this movie before it’s so well done that for a second I was confused to why it was on Netflix.
Foreign films sometimes tackle topics America is scared to. This sort of reminded me of a PG version of the Crying Game. If we showed films like this to our children and baby boomers talking about being transgendered wouldn’t have to be a taboo thing. Girls Lost is a gender bending masterpiece and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it.