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...
Amelie
L'Argent de Poche
Brotherhood
Nightwatch
My Life as A Dog
Goodbye Lenin
Downfall
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
Volver

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...
Subway
Nikita
Cyrano de Bergerac
Delicatessen

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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