Favourite foreign language films.

(62 Posts)
Thunderduck Sat 28-Mar-09 15:19:23

I need some suggestions. I love to watch foreign language films, any genre and would appreciate some ideas on what to get next.

Films I've enjoyed recently are...
L'Argent de Poche
My Life as A Dog
Goodbye Lenin
Das Boot
Etre et Avoir
Jean De Florette and Manon des Sources.

Thunderduck Sat 28-Mar-09 15:20:00

And Au Revoir Les Enfants.

BitOfFun Sat 28-Mar-09 15:20:57

La Vita è bella? Wonderful film.

Chaotica Sat 28-Mar-09 15:24:41

Black Cat White Cat
Time of the Gypsies
(both by Emir Kuristica who is generally good - 1st one is a comedy, 2nd definitely isn't...)

Cies Sat 28-Mar-09 15:29:50

Ah, I was going to suggest Au Revoir Les Enfants. Made me weep and weep.

Some Spanish films - do you like Pedro Almodóvar? He's not to everyone's taste, but IMO his best films are:
Todo sobre mi madre
Hable con ella

Then you've got Amenábar who made a FANTASTIC film called Mar Adentro - about a paralysed man who wants to commit suicide and finally persuades enough people to help him. Sounds awful but it's poignant and moving and about love and families.

Thunderduck Sat 28-Mar-09 15:35:31

Au Revoir made me howl too, though almost everything does. Poor Jean.sad

Molesworth Sat 28-Mar-09 15:37:34

Have you seen any Jacques Audiard films TD? A Self-Made Hero, The Beat That My Heart Skipped and - my favourite - Read My Lips (unusual noir thriller).

Also Kieslowski, anything by Kieslowski but especially the Three Colours Trilogy.

Molesworth Sat 28-Mar-09 15:38:35

I also love Agnes Jaoui's films (eg Look At Me and The Taste of Others)

Thunderduck 0 I loved "my life as a dog" - i thought no-one else had ever heard of it!

Molesworth Sat 28-Mar-09 15:46:33

oh and the Dardennes brothers (L'Enfant, Le Fils)

and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was impressive too

mosschops30 Sat 28-Mar-09 15:53:16

Another vote for the Diving Bell and the Butterfly

donnie Sat 28-Mar-09 15:56:44

Au revoir Les enfants is a fantastic film, I remember going to see it when it came out ( must be in the 80s) and there was not a dry eye in the house.

There was an excellent French-Canadian film in about 1995 or so called Jesus of Montreal which is just superb.

Molesworth Sat 28-Mar-09 15:56:46

has Cinema Paradiso been mentioned yet?

If you liked Amelie then you'll probably enjoy Jeunet's other films (A Very Long Engagement, Delicatessen etc)

donnie Sat 28-Mar-09 15:57:26

Have just remembered Un Coeur en hiver - also excellent.

Thunderduck Sat 28-Mar-09 21:48:49

Thankyou all. All of these suggestions sound wonderful, and I'll try to get all of them over time.

PadDad Sat 28-Mar-09 22:46:38

The Lives of Others is an achingly wonderful film. Can the love between artists survive the pressures of living in a police state? How does being one of the police spies corrupt you? I've never met anyone who doesn't love it after watching it.

And I adore Leolo, a French Canadian film about a boy who writes beautifully in his journal while living in a very messed up family. Hilarious, sad, but quite dark in places.

I don't normally gush . . .

betty blue
and i think it's etre et avoir-the one about the rural school in france?

there is another frech one i really like about a little boy who likes dressing as a girl?

gillybeanie Sat 28-Mar-09 22:54:41

life is beautiful.....but you need a few boxes of kleenex

Rowlers Sat 28-Mar-09 22:55:23

My suggestions might all be a bit old hat now...
Cyrano de Bergerac

expatinscotland Sat 28-Mar-09 22:56:00

All About My Mother
Like Water for Chocolate
The Girl on the Bridge
Run Lola Run
Tell No One
I've Loved You So Long

morgymoo182 Sat 28-Mar-09 22:57:10

ma vie en rose mmj?

mrsmaidamess Sat 28-Mar-09 22:58:58

Belleville Rendezvous (sp)

Actually there's not much talking, but it's 100% French.

HerBeatitudeLittleBella Sat 28-Mar-09 22:59:39

Cinema Paradiso and Il Postino (same director)

Salaam Bombay

The White Balloon

expatinscotland Sat 28-Mar-09 23:24:03

Monsoon Wedding

RaggedRobin Sun 29-Mar-09 21:35:24

one of my favourite films is the swedish film tilsammans ("together") about life on a commune. it's really uplifting.

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