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.

I would add the City of Lost Children and El Orfanato (or The Orphanage) if you want to be creeped out of your mind!

If you're not adverse to a bit of Manga, I would also add Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.

meugler Sun 02-Dec-12 21:10:55

I love Etre et Avoir :-)

ByTheSea Sun 02-Dec-12 21:12:45

Life is Beautiful. A Masterpiece IMO

YoHoHoAndABottleOfSherry Sun 02-Dec-12 21:18:00

Kikujiro. It's Japanese, and a really lovely film.

Whatiswitnit Thu 13-Dec-12 14:51:41

Definitely Amelie, Life is Beautiful and Like Water For Chocolate.


The Apple
Blackboards (both Iranian)
La Haine
Taxi - very funny.
Sitcom - silly.
City of God

Cinema Paradiso (makes me cry like a baby though), Malena, City of the Lost Children, Heartbreaker, Run Lola Run, La Reine Margot, Brotherhood of the Wolf

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 22-Feb-13 12:40:18

a very long engagement

You've reminded me Vicar, I haven't seen those two. Must add to my Lovefilm list. Thanks!

thebestnamesaregone Fri 22-Feb-13 12:43:21

House of the Flying Daggers

kiery Sat 23-Feb-13 18:20:32

Les Visiteur
The orphanage
Let the right one in
The red balloon
Kiki's Delivery Service

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 23-Feb-13 18:26:58

Anything Almodovar but in particular Mujeres Al Borde
Como Agua Para Chocolate
City of Lost Children
Belle Époque

forcookssake Sat 23-Feb-13 18:31:51

les enfants du siecle , also featuring juliette binoche

StephaniePowers Sat 23-Feb-13 18:34:46

Festen is amazing (but harrowing)
Troll Hunter (light and amusing)

StuffezLaBouche Sat 23-Feb-13 18:35:54

Battle Royale.
The Lisbeth Salander trilogy.
Anything by almodovar,
There was a good foreign film on.telly a while ago called The Wave. German perhaps?

StephaniePowers Sat 23-Feb-13 18:36:22

Nordlinger? The Northerners? Something like that. (So good I can't remember the title!)

StephaniePowers Sat 23-Feb-13 18:37:42

Some of the old Truffaut films are great, but you know, very French.
Baisers Volés for example.
I enjoyed them when an impressionable teenager, am a bit more jaded nowadays

apachepony Sat 23-Feb-13 18:40:02

Pan's labyrinth - a masterpiece
Second lives of others.
Two of my favourite films

SanityClause Sat 23-Feb-13 18:45:53

We watched AngelA last night, which is a favourite.

Also, look out for Black Cat, White Cat, Underground and Life is a Miracle by Emir Kusturica.

mrscog Wed 27-Feb-13 19:29:21

Sophie Scholl is an excellent German film about the White Rose movement, and based on a true story.

Cremolafoam Wed 27-Feb-13 19:35:48

The lives of others
Black book
Le diner des cons

Cremolafoam Wed 27-Feb-13 19:43:34

Tell no one
Sarah's key
Mesrine 1&2

MrsSalvoMontalbano Wed 27-Feb-13 19:53:56

Oh, god, Betty Blue brings back memories!!!
Another vote for Les Visiteurs, and Le diner des Cons.
Also, Tais-Toi with Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu
Cairo Nest of Spies (Agent 117) Jean Dujardin is fabulous in this.
Le Beau Mariage and anything by Eric Rohmer
Il Ladrone (Similar theme to Life of Brian, but much funnier)
Anything by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cremolafoam Wed 27-Feb-13 20:10:12

'Il postino 'is also one if my favourites
and 'headhunter 'was a terrific adaptation of a stand alone jo nesbo book that came out last year( grisly )

Rattitude Wed 27-Feb-13 20:18:01

I would highly recommend the following three, which have already been mentioned:
- Pan's labyrinth
- The orphanage
- Festen.

I am quite fond of the following French comedies too:
- I do (Prete-moi ta main)
- Hearbreaker (L'arnacoeur)
- La grande vadrouille
- Ni vu, ni connu (I doubt this one is available in the UK).

Ariel21 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:32:15

Another vote here for 'The Lives of Others'. I love everything about it. It's just amazing. Watch it!

Love Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Delicatessen is fantastic.

Loved Pan's Labyrinth too.

The other night we watched 'The Kite Runner' as I'd read the book (brilliant). Nowhere near as good as the book, but I still enjoyed it. Extremely harrowing.

LordEmsworth Wed 27-Feb-13 20:37:01

Les Diaboliques
No Man's Land (NB very, very black comedy)
Le Placard

If you can bring yourself to try some Bollywood (they have quite a few on Lovefilm)...
Om Shanti Om
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Kolya is a truly wonderful Czech film about a cellist and a little boy. I also love 24 eyes - a Japanese film following a class of school children before the war...and then during and after.

La gloire de mon pere and le chateau de ma mere are fantastic too: autobiographical stories about the childhood of the guy who wrote jean de florette and manon des sources.

Oh and if you like older films get anything with Jean Vigo. His screen presence is phenomenal.

sis Wed 27-Feb-13 20:41:15


defineme Wed 27-Feb-13 20:41:16

I've just watched Rust and Bone which came out at the cinema last year-thoroughly enjoyed it-quite gritty and very moving at the end. About a women who loses her legs in a whale accident and a bare knuckle fighter single parent!

Lomaamina Wed 27-Feb-13 20:42:35

I'd recommend 'A Miracle in Milan' www.imdb.com/title/tt0043809/

GetOrf Wed 27-Feb-13 20:45:31

Burnt by the Sun. Russian film about the Terror in the 30s. It is absolutely wonderful. So beautiful and so bloody heartbreaking.

Agree Downfall and Goodbye Lenin.

OlyRoller Wed 27-Feb-13 20:55:06

Please try Truffaut's Jules et Jim. It's it truly great.

I really liked A Very Long Engagement too

Ma vie en rose (but prepare to cry buckets)

The Edukators (you'll like if you liked Goodbye Lenin)

Joyeux Noel (about the Christmas truce 1914)

Night on Earth (early Jarmusch, 5 taxi rides in 5 cities of the US/Europe)

No Man's Land (a bit grim, Bosnian war)

My off the wall suggestion: 9th Company, it's one of the biggest Russian films ever made, about the Afghan war. It's the Russian version of Full Metal Jacket, basically. It's pretty insane but really interesting.

PennyBrowne Wed 27-Feb-13 21:18:40

Dutch series Beatrix Oranje Onder Vuur- very interesting and cultural!

MikeandLor Wed 06-Mar-13 13:15:23

We love asian cinema in particular. Anything by Studio Ghibli (a japanese animation studio roughly on a par with Disney -but much better in our humble opinion) is gold, not just for children but for adults too. My Neighbour Totoro, Laputa : Castle In The Sky, Spirited Away (which got an Oscar), Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo On A Cliff By The Sea. All good!

Otherwise, well it's boring to list but also more succient. Gotta love:-

Most stuff by Park Chan-Wook (he is South Korean and his Hollywood debut 'Stoker' is out this week) including Oldboy and Joint Security Area.

Chow Yun-Fat has been in some great films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and A Better Tomorrow.

Twins Effect (Hong Kong weird comedy / horror vampire film)
Ring (Japanese original)
Election (Chinese Trid film).

Non asian greats:-

Cinema Paradiso (already mentioned)
District 13 (French free running film)
Amelie (already mentioned - gorgeous)
Also Life Is Beautiful (Italian - film about the persecution of Jews in WWII. Suprisingly funny but heartbreaking ending)

Phew! Loads more, but best stop there!

EmGee Thu 04-Apr-13 19:49:19

Bumping up this thread to add a few more!

TV Series - Spiral (Engrenages)

Argentinian winner of best film in Oscars a while back - Secrets in their Eyes - fabulous

Gritty French policiers films - 36 Quai des Orfevres (Daniel Auteuil), Contre Enquete (Jean Dujardin)

French - Ensemble c'est tout (Audrey Tatou), LOL (Sophie Marceau)

Headhunters, A Royal Affair - Danish films

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