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vouge09
04-21-2009, 10:36 PM
Foriegn Films. I have grown to really like them. How do you guys feel about them?
Please reccomend some good ones.
I like La Bella Vida, The Kite Runner, Pans Labyrith.


Thighs Be Gone
04-21-2009, 10:45 PM
Love foreign films! Yes--watched Kite Runner a couple of days ago---

although it only has some subtitles and was made by american director--Slumdog was pretty good too

GatorgalstuckinGA
04-21-2009, 10:54 PM
my favorite is Amelie...its a cute sweet and funny film.


Bear
04-21-2009, 10:57 PM
Ooo I absolutely love Pan's Labyrinth. It's definitely my favorite foreign language film for sure.

I know I've seen more good foreign movies... but I can only remember a couple. Das Boot is one. You kinda have to like war drama to find it interesting though. I remember liking a french film called 8 femmes when I saw it too. Though now I'm having a hard time remembering the exact plot of that movie lol! I saw it so long ago... anyway I liked it then haha.

Renacer
04-22-2009, 07:11 AM
If you'd like Guillermo del Toro (Pans Labyrinth) I'll suggest:

*The Orphanage
*The Devil's Backbone

A also recommend "Turtles Can Fly" is a very moving story and the performances of a very young cast is amazing (some of them actually lived in the refugee camps along the Irak-Turkish border).

I love "Amelie" and Audrey Tautou is also in "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" and I love how she plays a totally opposite character.

Ok, enough I can go on and on:D

mayness
04-22-2009, 10:56 AM
I saw Volver recently... I liked it, it deals with some really weird and/or dark subjects without being depressing or creepy. There were even some funny parts. It's sort of a "chick flick."

ANOther
04-22-2009, 11:16 AM
vouge09, what's La Bella Vida? IMDb doesn't list a movie by that exact name. Do you mean Life is Beautiful (which in Italian = La vita e bella)?

alinnell
04-22-2009, 11:44 AM
I like foreign films. The last I saw was a French film with English subtitles--it was based on a book by one of my favorite authors (Harlen Coben)--I don't remember the title. Slumdog Millionaire was really good as well and I enjoyed Pans Labyrinth. I'm sure I could come up with a lot more titles. And Life is Beautiful--oh, how I cried.

When I was in college, a friend and I went to see a foreign film, and frankly I've been searching to find it again to no avail. All I remember it was English subtitled, may have been Dutch, and it was about a woman with two husbands and two families. How she managed it was the plot of the movie. It was hilarious! The one thing that I remember pointedly is that each husband had a favorite sweatshirt--one with an exclamation point on it and the other with a question mark on it. If anyone recognizes this, please let me know!

vouge09
04-22-2009, 11:59 AM
vouge09, what's La Bella Vida? IMDb doesn't list a movie by that exact name. Do you mean Life is Beautiful (which in Italian = La vita e bella)?

Yes sorry I translated it wrong thats the one! I watched it again last night and just about cried at the end! I love that little boy!

vouge09
04-22-2009, 11:59 AM
I will have to try all of those especially Ameile? I think it sounds good.

kiramira
04-22-2009, 12:14 PM
My tastes run to older foreign films, and here are some that in my opinion are must-sees:
Run Lola Run! German! Amazing soundtrack!
La Cage Aux Folles! French! The Original "Birdcage" but 100x better! Oldie but goodie!
Trainspotting! Scottish! Again, an oldie, but a great film!
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! Australian! Hilarious!
Mad Max! Australian! Get the non-dubbed version and the non-subtitled version!
Monsiuer Hulot's Holiday! French! A classic!
Any film from the golden era of British filmmaking (see Ealing Studios) -- generally post WW2 to around mid-1960s(The Lavender Hill Mob! I'm All Right, Jack! Alfie! Georgy Girl! Dr. No!)
Anything from the golden age of Italian film (Marcello Mastroianni, Fellini although I never understood Fellini...)
I could go on and on, but I fear I am boring you...
Kira!

LisaMarie71
04-22-2009, 02:56 PM
Some great ones have already been mentioned, but here are some more:

Infernal Affairs (Hong Kong) -- This is the movie that The Departed was a remake of, and I think it was better.
anything directed by Wong Kar-wai, especially In the Mood for Love
anything directed by Kim Ki-duk, especially 3-Iron
anything directed by Pedro Almodovar, especially Talk to Her
Amores Perros
Y Tu Mama Tambien

There are many more, of course -- I'll post when I think of them!

PinkyPie
04-22-2009, 03:25 PM
my favorite is Amelie...its a cute sweet and funny film.

by the same director is Delicatessen (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101700/) - it's a bit darker but a brilliant film!!


All movies I see here are *technically* foreign ;) because I don't go to see Dutch films!

My favourite director is Pedro Almodovar -Antonio Banderas actually started his career prior to Hollywood with Almodovar in ¡Átame! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101026/) and maybe someone's seen or heard of the film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095675/)? but his more recent films are Todo Sobre mi Madre (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185125/) and Hable con Ella (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287467/), maybe someone has heard of these?

I love the original film starring Penelope Cruz called Abre los ojos (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0125659/); you may remember a movie called Vanilla Sky, with Penelope and Tom? It was a sort of remake of the first film.

I was into Czech movies for a while even, and have a few box sets of some favourites, though I can't for the life of me tell you the names! :lol:

One of my most favourite movies ever was My Sky, My home (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102261/)- an indonesian film about the vast difference between the rich and poor in Jakarta and how that difference meant nothing at all to two boys and their friendship. Amazingly moving film.

PinkyPie
04-22-2009, 03:27 PM
@ Kira - Trainspotting is an oldie? :lol: I'm definitely OLD then!!!

PinkyPie
04-22-2009, 03:28 PM
I saw Volver recently... I liked it, it deals with some really weird and/or dark subjects without being depressing or creepy. There were even some funny parts. It's sort of a "chick flick."

yes! another Almodovar!

kiramira
04-22-2009, 03:43 PM
I'm an OLDIE! Ms Velveteen! Trainspotting was from 1996 -- can you believe it? It seems like yesterday!
Kira

PinkyPie
04-22-2009, 04:25 PM
It does seem like yesterday! Its actually on my list of "recent favourites" :) I'm still quoting from Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction :lol: maybe I need to see some current films!

Renacer
04-22-2009, 05:22 PM
I'm old too I'm afraid, I saw Trainspotting when it came out at the movies.:o I love it.

Almodovar is one of my favorites directors, in "La Ley del Deso" (Law of Desire) you can see a very young Antonio Banderas playing another gay role with really intense scenes it's a beautiful film...Also "Habitos Negros" (Dark Habits), "Kika", "Tacones Lejanos" (High Heels), and "Laberinto de Pasiones" (Labyrinth of Passion) are my favorites.

Another one that I love is Eliseo Subiela, my favorite movie by him is "El Lado Oscuro del Corazon" (The Dark Side of the Heart) is pure existensialism.

Velveteen mentioned "Abre los Ojos" (Open Your Eyes), another great movie by Chilean Director Alejandro Amenabar. By him "Tesis", "Mar Adentro" (The Sea Inside) and The Others (his first Hollywood movie).

Well, I'll stop again is just that I hate Hollywood hehe.

Newshinyme
04-22-2009, 07:49 PM
Some really good recommendations here already!
Someone mentioned Czech movies. I couldn't help but think of Kolya. That's such a great movie!
Amelie and Delilcatessen are both awesome as well.
More recent: The Lives of Others, I think it actually won the Oscar for foreign movie a couple of years ago.

And as for all the "oldies" recommended ..count me in as an old person in that case LOL.

madamruppy
04-22-2009, 08:16 PM
I love foreign films. IN fact I am watching Persepolis right now. It is very good - especially good if you have read Reading Lolita in Tehran.

I also reccomend Brotherhood of the Wolves, Cyrano De Bergerac (w/Gerard DePardieu), Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon of the Spring.

If you can find it Swordsman With an Umbrella - which you need to watch with both English dubbing and subtitles on - the two don't match and it is hysterical.

For those who liked Life is Beautiful I reccomend Johnny Stecchino which is also by Roberto Benigni. It is hysterical.

Oh and Tatie Danielle

LisaMarie71
04-23-2009, 09:40 AM
My favourite director is Pedro Almodovar -Antonio Banderas actually started his career prior to Hollywood with Almodovar in ¡Átame! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101026/) and maybe someone's seen or heard of the film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095675/)? but his more recent films are Todo Sobre mi Madre (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185125/) and Hable con Ella (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287467/), maybe someone has heard of these?


Almodovar is wonderful! I mentioned Hable Con Ella in the post above yours (but in English) -- I adored that movie. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is good too, but I liked Volver and All About My Mother better. I can't remember the name of the one with Gael Garcia Bernal in drag -- I didn't love the film, but he's one of my favorite actors.

Renacer
04-23-2009, 11:05 AM
Almodovar is wonderful! I mentioned Hable Con Ella in the post above yours (but in English) -- I adored that movie. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is good too, but I liked Volver and All About My Mother better. I can't remember the name of the one with Gael Garcia Bernal in drag -- I didn't love the film, but he's one of my favorite actors.

"La Mala Educacion" (The Bad Education).

starfishkitty
04-23-2009, 01:10 PM
I've always loved watching foreign films (I was that weird 11 year old that would rent foreign films much to the interest of her grandparents)... but lately I've been totally into Indian films. Bollywood movies are cheesy as heck, but I love them! hehe :o

If you ever want to watch a great (and wow, it's the poo!) Indian movie, I suggest watching Rang de Basanti. It is FABULOUS! I've watched it three times already, and I cry every time! Heck, I even have the soundtrack!

ohmanda
04-23-2009, 01:15 PM
L'auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) is one of my favorites. It's about a French college senior who moves to Barcelona. It's a French movie but there is some Spanish and English in it. It's got Audrey Tautou.
I took Czech for a couple years in college and there are some really good films we watched. Pelíšky (Cozy Den) is one I really liked, it's funny in a dry way.

ANOther
04-23-2009, 05:01 PM
Well, if you count British films as foreign films (I guess I'm thinking like the Academy, to them anything in English isn't a foreign film), I *love* old Brit films:
The 39 Steps (Hitchcock)
49th Parallel, The Red Shoes, I Know Where I'm Going, A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger)
The Third Man (Carol Reed)
A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g by David Lean
I haven't seen it yet but I suppose Slumdog Millionaire has to count as long as half of it is in Hindi?
As for Life is Beautiful, Benigni was supposed to be making a movie about the Iraq war: whatever became of that project?

weezerloo
06-25-2009, 04:25 AM
I remember enjoying a slew of Chinese movies in the 90's (i.e. Scent of Green Papaya, Raise the Red Lantern). I've been meaning to rewatch them to see if they are as good as I remember. The Japanese version of Shall we Dance (that the Richard Gere travesty was based on) was pretty good, too.

I second the love for Amelie and Run Lola Run! Need to rewatch both of those again, soon! And ditto, too, on the Australian movies (Muriel's Wedding, Priscilla QotD, and my fave, Strictly Ballroom). I love Australian humor!

FrouFrou
06-25-2009, 07:53 AM
The ones that come to mind righ toff the bat...The Orphanage and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly...loved both these!

nelie
06-25-2009, 09:18 AM
We own some and when we had Netflix we would rent some.

Ones I really like off the top of my head:
Run Lola Run
Millions
Muriel's Wedding
Life is Beautiful
Bread & Tulips
Ciao, Professore!
The Fall (now this is one that I'm not sure if you'd classify as foreign, filmed in foreign country with mostly foreign actors by American based (?) Indian director, it definitely has a foreign vibe to it)

These are ones my husband loves and watches constantly, I can attest that they are good. The Curse of the Golden Flower had a lot of good suspense.
Curse of the Golden Flower
Hero
House of Flying daggers

I've also seen some bollywood films and those were very good and when I was taking Italian in college, I saw a number of Italian movies, most were really good but don't remember names of them.

lizziep
06-27-2009, 03:01 PM
we watch a lot of foreign films. a lot of it is japanese - nothing better then Japanese horror in my opinion! I highly recommend Battle Royale. My favorite horror movie is a UK one - The Descent. It was the scariest movie I've ever seen. Also from the UK that I loved was Son of Rambow. Very good movie.
A good french one we recently watched was Tell No One.

All the other recommendations are great. Loved Amelie and Run Lola Run.

Frigg
06-27-2009, 08:03 PM
^I've been intending to watch some good Japanese films.. I started to watch Onibaba but had to quit.

My favorite director is Ingmar Bergman. The Virgin Spring and The Seventh Seal are my two top favorite films. Though I like Italian cinema too. I've always been bored of sensationalist American movies.

vouge09
06-28-2009, 07:35 PM
*head spins* I have a ton to catch up! I will start from the top lol I think I am interested in French, Italian, and Spanish foriegn films right now cause I think their launguages are just beautiful to hear

LitMiss
06-28-2009, 07:48 PM
I like foreign films even though I have only seen a few. Pan's Labyrinth was the last I saw and I really enjoyed it.
My favorite I have seen, quite a few times is the Red Violin.

sacha
06-29-2009, 10:59 AM
My favourite film (of all-time) is La grande seduction, which is a French-language film made in Quebec. It isn't "foreign" to me since it is Canadian, but I would suggest everyone check it out! I'm pretty sure you can get English subtitles. If tu ne parle pas francais tres bien it isn't too difficult to understand (it is about simple life in a simple town, no fancy dialouge). CHECK IT OUT!

dragonwoman64
07-01-2009, 11:48 AM
I'm chiming in for Almodovar too. Muriel's Wedding came to my mind too, glad to see that here. Love Mad Max, The Third Man, The 39 Steps.

Cousin, Cousine (was an American adaptation of this starring Ted Danson), and the French version of Three Men and a Baby (Trois Hommes et un Couffin); the Bicycle Thief (Italian)

The Reader is an amazing movie. So is End of the Affair. (I believe they're both British productions) (I like Ralph Fiennes)

paradoxx
07-01-2009, 02:26 PM
I LOVE foreign films! I watch far too many Asian films as I have a big weak spot for Asian horror. My favorite currently is "Recycle." I also adore Guillermo del Toro's films.

Other favorites include:
Le Pacte Des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
Dark Portal
Night Watch

And of course, I adore British comedies! :D

sunflowergirl68
07-02-2009, 05:56 PM
The Counterfeiters is fantastic. It's about a German Jewish man who is a master counterfeiter and eventually gets taken by the SS and then while in a concentration camp, is forced to start a counterfeit operation to help keep the ****s afloat. It has an incredible ending and it won best foreign picture oscar.