View Full Version : Any good foreign movies you've seen lately?

04-24-2008, 12:17 PM
Hello all!

Seen any good foreign (non-english) movies you'd like to recommend? old, new, it's up to you.

cheers! :D

04-24-2008, 01:12 PM
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Insomnia (the original not the remake)
The Red Balloon
Run Lola Run
Wings of Desire
The Lives of Others

But my all time favorite is still Seven Samurai.

04-24-2008, 03:02 PM
Where is the friend's home? - Abbas Kiarastomi (highly recommended)
The Taste of Cherry - Abbas Kiarastomi
Ten - Abbas Kiarastomi (highly recommended)
The Silence - Ingmar Bergman (heavy)
Kikujirô no natsu - Takeshi Kitano (highly recommended)
Nostalgia - Andrei Tarkovsky (heavy)

cheers! :)

04-24-2008, 05:38 PM
Thanks for recommendations arvind.
The only film I've seen that you mentioned is Bergman's and though I appreciate his ability I can't say that I've really enjoyed any of his films.
I'll try to check out the other's though.I've heard of Kiarostami and his work looks very interesting .
Looking forward to more of your posts.:)

04-24-2008, 06:33 PM
Run Lola Run an excellent independient movie

04-25-2008, 04:29 AM

Thanks for the response! As you have correctly observed, bergman is just not everybody's cup of tea. That's also why i put the "heavy" next to it as a warning to anybody who's new to his work. Bergman's world was one of intense depression, dreams and nightmares, solitude, and his movies stand the test of time, because of the unerring truth with which he was able to express these worlds on celluloid.
Kiarastomi, i can't recommend enough. Be sure to start with his earlier films (one of them being "where is the friend's home?"). I don't want to spoil anything for you, and neither am i a firm believer in criticism, but kiarastomi's world view is among the most endearing and human that i have seen on film. See his work...you will understand what i'm saying.

Nostagia - again not for everyone. Very deep, poetic, slow and contemplative. Most people i know will also attach another adjective to that list...boring! Not to me, though.

Kikujiro - You haven't already seen it? Go watch it right now! Enough said!

@Septimus: One of my favourites too...must have seen it atleast a dozen times (and around 7 times in the cinema!). How does one express the concept of "moment" - one moment with all the drama, angst, fears that come with it? To me, Run Lola Run does this better than most other films i've seen. And for technique freaks, it's a new lesson in filmmaking and its art, that you don't want to miss!

As for coming up with more recommendations here, don't worry, they'll keep coming.

Cheers to all! :)

04-26-2008, 08:51 PM
A film that i love and have seen it 3-4 times is Boe's "Reconstruction"
Other films i really liked where Per Fly's "Arven","Drabet" and "Bänken".This guy is special,he fucks his 'heroes' but with a very personal way.Anyway try to see sth and you will understand..

04-28-2008, 04:38 PM
water lillies

04-28-2008, 07:34 PM
The 6Th day
The day after tomorrow
;)Good luck with the watching ;-]

04-28-2008, 10:37 PM
El Orfanato
Pan's Labyrinth

04-29-2008, 02:42 PM
a new one: The kite runner.

04-29-2008, 03:40 PM
great thnx
about this

04-30-2008, 05:11 PM
the counterfeiters

we saw it in school a few days ago, it's awesome.

05-01-2008, 06:08 PM
ong bak its packed with action
Banlieue 13 this one too

05-07-2008, 06:11 AM
This is not the first time i'm seeing it, but that never stops me from recommending it as highly as i always have. The 400 blows (Les Quatre cents coups) by truffaut.
This epochal film was truffaut's feature debut, and his reply to the ban imposed by critics the previous year, on his participation at cannes. It won him the best director award. But trivia aside, it is one of the most touching and beautiful films i have ever seen.
I still remember the first time i had the pleasure to see the 400 blows. Truffaut had me right from the title credits, where his camera begins to lead you on a journey through late 50s paris; a journey so rich and drenched in beauty, that it's almost like seeing a moving-image presentation of a great photographer's portfolio (think someone like cartier bresson).
Truffaut's understanding of childhood, and especially a difficult one, is the best i've seen on film, and it is a textbook example of how to stay sensitive, without getting sentimental. You'll notice the difference when you see the film. The Colombian film critic Luis Alberto Álvarez used to say of Truffaut, "all of his work is a search for a lost childhood."
One thing this movie has cemented for me, is the realization that i will eternally be searching for the paris shown in it. To tell you the truth, i am afraid to see paris in reality (though i have seen it before i saw the film) after seeing the 400 blows, because i know it will totally erase the romantic nostalgia that rushes through me, every time i see the film.





05-07-2008, 08:39 AM
I liked the diving bell and the butterfly - a french film

05-07-2008, 10:02 AM
city of god and city of men were both good...if you understand the language

05-08-2008, 11:33 PM
Tropa de Elite (Brazil)

The Host (South Korea)

Oldboy (South Korea)

05-08-2008, 11:36 PM
One great portuguese movie :lol:

Corrupção (2007)

05-09-2008, 10:32 PM
inside-french horror

05-11-2008, 06:52 AM
Morer had said:

I liked the diving bell and the butterfly - a french film

I read the novel by Jean Dominique Bauby a few months back,expecting a lot, and was sorely disappointed. This, to my knowledge, always happens when a work of art depends too much on extraneous factors for it's appeal; factors other than the art itself. For example, this novel's whole premise was that it was written by the author, an ex-advertising creative guy, after he suffered a terrible paralytic stroke. While this is it's main usp, the novel itself, as a standalone, is very ordinary. And in my experience, it's always a downhill journey from the novel to it's film, so i'm not exactly queueing up to see the movie.


Tropa de elite seems to have become the next most talked and raved about film from brazil, after the city of god. That's one film that's on my to-see list, thanks for reminding me.

Oldboy, i highly recommended...and in case you're new to korean films, it's not a bad place to start at all. You'll see how far they've left hollywood behind. If you can get your hands on the manga of the same name by Garon Tsuchiya & Nobuaki Minegishi, try to before you see the film. You'll be fascinated at how much inspiration the filmmaker has drawn from the atmosphere of the comic.

Cheers! :D

05-14-2008, 02:07 PM
One great portuguese movie :lol:

Corrupção (2007)
Benfica fan??? ;)

05-14-2008, 07:17 PM
Korea movie : 200 Pounds Beauty

funny stuff.

05-21-2008, 04:07 AM

05-25-2008, 03:20 PM
10.000 BC
Miss Diamond (Germany)
there are good movies

07-04-2008, 07:11 PM
Jar City (Iceland movie) good thriller set in the back drop of murder investigation

07-04-2008, 09:38 PM
Arn tempelriddaren...downloaded it, didn;t watch it yet, but my expectations are very high...:)

07-04-2008, 10:59 PM
Pan's Labyrinth

07-05-2008, 12:11 AM
Belle de Jour- Catherine Deneuve at her iciest, old-world sophisticate best.

Elvira Madigan- I was in high school when this film came out and taking a date to see it was a surefire way to get laid.
I saw it a lot.

Metropolis- The epitome of German Expressionist filmmaking...it's the direct progenitor of Dark City (and many others). The intense lighting schemes are the stylistic basis of American film noir.

M- My second Fritz Lang nominee- go ahead, shoot me already- in which Peter Lorre plays Hannibal Lector's godfather.
OK, not really...but he is very creepy.

07-05-2008, 07:51 AM

07-05-2008, 07:55 AM
The 6Th day

07-07-2008, 03:45 PM
Taxi 4

07-07-2008, 09:19 PM
Oldboy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/)

this movie is awesome, if you haven't watched it yet, then you should...

07-09-2008, 02:09 AM
Have to catch a spanish movie called [REC]

Americans are already making a remake of it.