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I used to dislike watching films which were subtitled. I felt like because I had to read to understand what was going on, I couldn't look away during parts that weren't interesting and still be able to follow the plot.

But I must have been watching the wrong films or I was too young to appreciate it or something because I just got a chance to watch City of God which I thought was absolutely brilliant.

So I've got Run Lola Run and The Conformist lined up to watch next. I have also heard good things about Oldboy so I'll probably give that a go too. But I thought it would be good to get some insight from the people of TSR and see what you all think are the best foreign films out there.
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I used to dislike watching films which were subtitled. I felt like because I had to read to understand what was going on, I couldn't look away during parts that weren't interesting and still be able to follow the plot.

But I must have been watching the wrong films or I was too young to appreciate it or something because I just got a chance to watch City of God which I thought was absolutely brilliant.

So I've got Run Lola Run and The Conformist lined up to watch next. I have also heard good things about Oldboy so I'll probably give that a go too. But I thought it would be good to get some insight from the people of TSR and see what you all think are the best foreign films out there.
Les Choristes!!!!! So beautifully wonderful!
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I love Run Lola Run

I think my favourite foreign film may be Battle Royale
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(Original post by VladThe1mpaler)
I used to dislike watching films which were subtitled. I felt like because I had to read to understand what was going on, I couldn't look away during parts that weren't interesting and still be able to follow the plot.

But I must have been watching the wrong films or I was too young to appreciate it or something because I just got a chance to watch City of God which I thought was absolutely brilliant.

So I've got Run Lola Run and The Conformist lined up to watch next. I have also heard good things about Oldboy so I'll probably give that a go too. But I thought it would be good to get some insight from the people of TSR and see what you all think are the best foreign films out there.
It's great you've come around to foreign films! The thing I find, it's best to look at directors as opposed to individual films, because often you find yourself with a more comprehensive knowledge than if you pick films at random. So, Run Lola Run (damn good film) was directed by Tom Tykwer...

Who also directed a film called "Heaven", released in 2002 starring Cate Blanchett...

The screenplay for which was written by Krzyzstof Kieslowski, a Polish film director who died in 1996...

He is generally regarded by critics (and myself) to be one of the greatest film directors to have ever lived, and in '93/'94 he directed a trilogy called "The Three Colours Trilogy", each one based on the French ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity...

The final part of the trilogy, "Three Colours: Red", stars Jean Louis Trintigant...

Who as you know, starred in "The Conformist"!

He also starred in another French film from two years ago called "Amour"...

Which was made by an Austrian director called Michael Haneke, who has directed a number of masterpieces, including "Funny Games", "Benny's Video", and "Hidden (Caché)"...

"Hidden (Caché)", of course, stars Juliette Binoche...

Who was the main actress in the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy "Three Colours: Blue"!


And so on, and so forth. Have a poke around, discover things for yourself. You'll quickly find your tastes will develop, and you'll start to specialise more and more, and soon you'll carve out your own little niche in terms of what you like and don't like. To start you off though, some directors you could do well to make a note of;

Lars Von Trier
Jean Luc Godard
Francois Truffaut
Aki Kaurismaki
Roy Andersson
Takashi Miike
Takeshi Kitano
Robert Bresson
Abbas Kiarostami
Claire Denis
Werner Herzog
Dario Argento
Xavier Dolan

www.IMDb.com helpfully lists the most famous, or best, films of those directors when you initially take a look at their profile. Have a poke around, work your way backwards. Be diverse, brave, experimental. If you look at a film and think you have no idea what it is, or what it's like, that's a sign you should watch it, and be open-minded with it.

Happy film-watching!
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Oldboy and Downfall are my favourite foreign films. Can't recommend them enough
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Oldboy and Downfall are my favourite foreign films. Can't recommend them enough
I love Downfall if only for the parodies XD the film itself is really good though
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Agree with the Downfall and Kieslowski (if you like Three Colours then Double Life of Veronique is also good) recommendations. So many non-English films and directors that could be mentioned, it depends on what you're interested in.

Some of my favourites:
Wild Strawberries
The Seventh Seal
Seven Samurai
The Lives of Others
Let the Right One In
The Hunt
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Pan's Labyrinth
The Spirit of the Beehive
Woman of the Dunes
In the Mood for Love
Chungking Express
Yi Yi
Hiroshima, mon amour
I Am Cuba
The Cranes are Flying

Just my favourites. There are too many I haven't seen.
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I agree that the Three Colours trilogy is excellent, especially Red, although you should watch them sequentially.

Werner Herzog's 1972 film Aguirre: the Wrath of God is a strange and amazingly original work of the German new-wave.

With regards comedies, I enjoyed Together (2000) by Lukas Moodysson, and, arguably more of a drama, last year's The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino).

And then of course, there's Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki...

I would say that a lot of world cinema films are bad, and there are English-language directors who embody what makes foreign cinema so delightful (David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn).

Also, check the TV listings for foreign films hidden from the mainstream, especially on BBC Four and around 1am through the week on Film4.
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It's great you've come around to foreign films! The thing I find, it's best to look at directors as opposed to individual films, because often you find yourself with a more comprehensive knowledge than if you pick films at random. So, Run Lola Run (damn good film) was directed by Tom Tykwer...

Who also directed a film called "Heaven", released in 2002 starring Cate Blanchett...

The screenplay for which was written by Krzyzstof Kieslowski, a Polish film director who died in 1996...

He is generally regarded by critics (and myself) to be one of the greatest film directors to have ever lived, and in '93/'94 he directed a trilogy called "The Three Colours Trilogy", each one based on the French ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity...

The final part of the trilogy, "Three Colours: Red", stars Jean Louis Trintigant...

Who as you know, starred in "The Conformist"!

He also starred in another French film from two years ago called "Amour"...

Which was made by an Austrian director called Michael Haneke, who has directed a number of masterpieces, including "Funny Games", "Benny's Video", and "Hidden (Caché)"...

"Hidden (Caché)", of course, stars Juliette Binoche...

Who was the main actress in the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy "Three Colours: Blue"!


And so on, and so forth. Have a poke around, discover things for yourself. You'll quickly find your tastes will develop, and you'll start to specialise more and more, and soon you'll carve out your own little niche in terms of what you like and don't like. To start you off though, some directors you could do well to make a note of;

Lars Von Trier
Jean Luc Godard
Francois Truffaut
Aki Kaurismaki
Roy Andersson
Takashi Miike
Takeshi Kitano
Robert Bresson
Abbas Kiarostami
Claire Denis
Werner Herzog
Dario Argento
Xavier Dolan

www.IMDb.com helpfully lists the most famous, or best, films of those directors when you initially take a look at their profile. Have a poke around, work your way backwards. Be diverse, brave, experimental. If you look at a film and think you have no idea what it is, or what it's like, that's a sign you should watch it, and be open-minded with it.

Happy film-watching!
Wow thanks for this. I never thought about looking at films through directors but you've given me a great place to start! Going by director when choosing what to watch is probably better than just watching the films that everyone considers great because I would like to discover some myself.


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Agree with the Downfall and Kieslowski (if you like Three Colours then Double Life of Veronique is also good) recommendations. So many non-English films and directors that could be mentioned, it depends on what you're interested in.

Some of my favourites:
Wild Strawberries
The Seventh Seal
Seven Samurai
The Lives of Others
Let the Right One In
The Hunt
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Pan's Labyrinth
The Spirit of the Beehive
Woman of the Dunes
In the Mood for Love
Chungking Express
Yi Yi
Hiroshima, mon amour
I Am Cuba
The Cranes are Flying

Just my favourites. There are too many I haven't seen.
I will definitely be looking through some of these, thanks! Only one I've seen is Pans Labyrinth and I thought it was ok, although that was a while ago so I might rewatch it. The Hunt is one which I forgot to mention is on already on my "to watch" list but it's only on there because I love Mads Mikkelsen, I had no idea if it was good or not.
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The intouchables
Good bye lenin
Days of glory (indigènes)
Lea choristes
Amelie
Jean de Florette and manon des sources
Das leben der anderen
Planta4a
La vie en rose
Au revoir les enfants
The class
These are just some of them


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I will definitely be looking through some of these, thanks! Only one I've seen is Pans Labyrinth and I thought it was ok, although that was a while ago so I might rewatch it. The Hunt is one which I forgot to mention is on already on my "to watch" list but it's only on there because I love Mads Mikkelsen, I had no idea if it was good or not.
No worries

I think Mads is great too. He's in a few Danish language Nic Winding Refn films (Pusher, Bleeder, Valhalla Rising) which might be worth checking out.

Edit: I'm an idiot. Not Valhalla Rising, that's in English.
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Korean films are quite good if you have time check out sympathy for mr vengeance, or anime style the king of pigs
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Wow thanks for this. I never thought about looking at films through directors but you've given me a great place to start! Going by director when choosing what to watch is probably better than just watching the films that everyone considers great because I would like to discover some myself.




I will definitely be looking through some of these, thanks! Only one I've seen is Pans Labyrinth and I thought it was ok, although that was a while ago so I might rewatch it. The Hunt is one which I forgot to mention is on already on my "to watch" list but it's only on there because I love Mads Mikkelsen, I had no idea if it was good or not.

Glad I could help that list given to you by Prandtl is a superb one, and it introduces you to a lot of directors I regretfully forgot from my list. And The Hunt is good, but Vinterberg's film "Festen" is better, in my opinion.

Also, to reply to his post further down, Valhalla Rising might be in English, but it's certainly very European in its design and structure and composition; it's definitely "Refn". Just like Steve McQueen, the British director of 12 Years A Slave makes films in English, I am always tempted to file his "Shame" and "Hunger" under "world cinema" purely because their style feels so indebted to the foreign auteurs who no doubt influenced him.
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Caramel

Lebanese film, honestly amazing in every sense of the word

You won't regret it
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0825236/
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Taken

The Raid Redemption

Lemming

The Human Centipede
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Metro Manila
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Will add "Das Leben der Anderen" / "The Lives of Others" as others have already recommended
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Apocalypto. That's foreign right?
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I used to dislike watching films which were subtitled. I felt like because I had to read to understand what was going on, I couldn't look away during parts that weren't interesting and still be able to follow the plot.

But I must have been watching the wrong films or I was too young to appreciate it or something because I just got a chance to watch City of God which I thought was absolutely brilliant.

So I've got Run Lola Run and The Conformist lined up to watch next. I have also heard good things about Oldboy so I'll probably give that a go too. But I thought it would be good to get some insight from the people of TSR and see what you all think are the best foreign films out there.
If you want French then the New Wave had some of the greatest movies ever. Pierrot Le Fou or Vivre Sa Vie by Jean-Luc Godard (anything by him really), L'eclisse (Italian), The Mirror by tarkovsky (russian).
If you like horror I recommend Dario Argento (especially Tenebrae). I think you should start with something you're interested in or it'll ruin your opinion on foreign film and you could end up thinking it's the most boring thing in the world.
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Would definitely back up Pan's Labyrinth and The Intouchables. Absolutely sensational films :yep:
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