foreign-film

  • Friend: OMG did you see the new movie that came out??
  • Me: No.
  • Other friend: I watched all of the oscar nominees. Have you seen them?
  • Me: No.
  • Friends: BUT YOU'RE IN FILM!
  • Me: 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.
  • *Friends back away slowly*
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 :) 

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Film: The Handmaiden

Country: South Korea

Year: 2016

Director: Park Chan-wook

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. 

Morris From America (2016)

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.

Movie list

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! :-)

Israel/Palestine

Strangers (2007) - Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor 

Lebanon

The Attack (2013) -  Ziad Doueiri

France

Girlhood (2014) - Celine Sciamma

Tomboy (2011) - Celine Sciamma

Waterlilies (2007) - Celine Sciamma

Last tango in Paris (1973) - Bernardo Bertolucci

Iran

Close Up (1990) - Abbas Kiarostami

Italy

La grande bellezza/ The great beauty (2013) - Paolo Sorrentino

Sweden

Force Majeure (2014) - Ruben Östlund

Spain

Te Doy Mis Ojos/ Take my eyes (2006) -  Icíar Bollaín

Tambien la lluvia/ Even the rain (2010) -   Icíar Bollaín

Norway

Oslo August 31 (2012) -  Joachim Trier

Singapore

Be with me (2005) - Eric Khoo

Philippines

Metro Manila (2013) - Sean Ellis