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Favourite foreign language films.

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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.

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

HenriettaChicken Wed 27-Feb-13 20:37:34

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.

HenriettaChicken Wed 27-Feb-13 20:38:56

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'

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.

dreamingbohemian Wed 27-Feb-13 20:57:12

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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