Saturday, February 17, 2018

Foreign Language Films

I had a look at the movies I've watched over the past decade or so, and put together a list of the non-English titles I thought worth watching. Certainly some are better than others, not just in the way we normally think of movies but also in the level of filmmaking ability, as a couple approach amateurish. But they're still all good, at the very least, often excellent, sometimes capital-G Great.

28 countries, not counting co-productions, which spreads the monetary pain in making these features. Weighted heavily towards South Korea, because I love me some excellent Korean cinema. And I haven't, speaking of Korea, included Snowpiercer on this list, since it is primarily English. I did, after some deliberation, include Okja, though. My house, my rules.

I certainly see some gaping holes now that I've done this list, though, and will need to patch them. 


Argentina:
Wild Tales

Austria:
Goodnight Mommy

Brazil:
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Canada:
Les affamés

China:
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
The Mermaid
Kung Fu Hustle 
Shaolin Soccer
Ip Man

Denmark:
The Hunt
The Department Q trilogy

France:
The Intouchables
Micmacs
Tell No One
I’ve Loved You So Long
Amélie
Lost in Paris
Elle

Germany:
The Lives of Others
Lore
The White Ribbon

Holland:
Frankenstein’s Army

Hungary:
White God

India:
The Lunchbox

Indonesia:
Raid: Redemption
The Raid 2
The Look of Silence

Iran:
A Separation
Offside

Israel:
Zaytoun
The Band’s Visit

Italy:
I’m Not Scared

Japan:
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
13 Assassins

Mexico:
Desierto

Morocco:
Horses of God

Norway:
Headhunters
Troll Hunter

Poland:
Ida
In Darkness

Russia:
The Italian

South Africa:
Tsotsi

South Korea:
Train to Busan
Pandora
The Tiger
My Love, Don’t Cross That River
The Villainess
Kundo: Age of the Rampant
A Hard Day
Oldboy
Mother
The Host
The Good the Bad the Weird
The Wailing
Okja

Spain:
The Orphanage
Pan’s Labyrinth

Sweden:
Force Majeure
We Are the Best!
Let the Right One In
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy
A Man Called Ove

Thailand:
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Turkey:
Mustang

Vietnam:
Owl and the Sparrow

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