Hey there, below I thought i’d list some of my favorite foreign language films (films where English is not the primary language), feel free to add some of your favorites! I find watching these films really helpful, as they both improve your listening skills, and introduce you to the culture of the country where your target language is spoken!
Note: all the films listed are ones I have seen, so sorry if there are some classics I may have missed off!
P.S I’m linking the films to their IMDB pages for you to have a look!
Volver - Pedro Almodóvar - A really funny and touching film about how the dead continue to influence the lives of those they leave behind
Todo sobre mi madre - Pedro Almódovar - A fascinating look at the role of gender and parents in Spanish life today
El secreto de sus ojos - Juan José Campanella - A very entertaining thriller, full of suspense with some great acting. Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Spoken in Argentinian Spanish
Los amantes pasajeros - Pedro Almódovar - An exceedingly funny film from Almódovar, full of wit and laughs
El laberinto de fauno - Guillermo del toro - A beautiful film, full of gorgeous imagery, set against the backdrop of Franco’s Spain
Les Choiristes - Christophe Barratier - The story of a new teacher in a strict boarding school aiming to transform the lives of the students through music. Think French school of Rock
Jean de Florette - Claude berri - The story of a greedy landowner in ruarl Provence. Way more interesting than it sounds
La vita é bella - Robert Begnini - A beautiful drama about war time Italy. Winner of 3 Oscars
Habemus Papam - Nanni Moretti - The story of a newly elected pope, who doesn’t want to be pope, and so ends up running away. Light hearted and thought provoking
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Giuseppe Tornatore - A story of how a filmaker fell in love with the movies as a child.
Good Bye Lenin! - Wolfgang Becker - A funny and touching story set against the backdrop of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and a son’s attempt to prevent his ill mother from finding out about the collapse of communism (have you seen this @languageoclock ?)
which type of new wave melancholiac are you? french (aloof, striped sweater, secretive smile, tries to shoot someone with stupidly small gun) or italian (deeply heartbroken, possibly mute, murder eyes w immaculate eyeliner, throws self dramatically against a window railing)