what foreign movies do you recomend?

i like io non ho paura, heaven, amelie, 8 femmes, stupeur et tremblement, volver. i have seen a couple more and i can't remember their names or who was in them perhaps someone here knows what i am talking about..... the first one is set back in the 1800's (i think) really really funny movie with french aristocrats having lots of sex and not really doing a whole lot else. very colourful film. saw bits of it on tv i really can't remember any other details. the other one is a french canadian film i only saw the second half it seemed to be about an older guy who used to be somewhat of a playboy but is now dying (of cancer perhaps) and he has summoned all of his old friends (people who used to be part of influential society) out to a cabin in the woods to spend his last days with, to say goodbye, and to help him commit suicide. interesting dynamics between all the characters and interesting handling of a controversial topic. sounds familiar?

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  • wch711
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    1 decade ago
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    The movie you are talking about is:

    "Les Invasions barbares" (The Barbarian Invasions) - 2003 French Canada. It is a great film. I loved it, it was so sad and sweet. It is the sequel to "Le Déclin de l'empire américain" (1986) which follows the same characters on vacation together at the same cottage seen at the end of the other movie. It takes place 10-15 years or so before the sequel. Also a good film, but I prefer the latter.

    Other foreign films I recommend:

    Paradise Now - 2005 Palestine

    Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries ) - 2004 Argentina

    Maria, llena eres de gracia (Maria Full of Grace) - 2004 Colombia

    Mar adentro (The Sea Inside - 2004 Spain

    2046 - 2004 Hong Kong

    Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement)2004 France

    Good Bye Lenin! 2003 Germany

    Oldboy - 2003 South Korea

    Ying xiong (Hero) - 2002 China

    Cidade de Deus (City of God) - 2002 Brazil

    Hable con ella (Talk to Her) - 2002 Spain

    Y tu Mama tambien (And Your Mother Too) - 2001 Mexico

    Monsoon Wedding - 2001 India

    No Man's Land - 2001 Bosnia

    La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher) - 2001 France

    La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son's Room) - 2001 France

    Dancer in the Dark - 2000 Denmark

    Wo Hu Cang Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) - 2000 Hong Kong

    Amores Perros (Love's A B*tch) - 2000 Mexico

    Dut Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) - 2000 Hong Kong

    Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother) - 1999 Spain

    Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) - 1998 Germany

    La Vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) - 1997 Italy

    Wo hu cang long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) - 2000 Taiwan

    Amores perros (Love's a B*tch) - 2000 Mexico

    Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) - 1999 Spain

    Ringu (The Ring) - 1998 Japan

    Abre Los Ojos (Open You Eyes) - 1997 Spain

    Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit (Happy Together) - 1997 Hong Kong

    Chong Qing Sen Lin (Chunking Express) - 1994 Hong Kong

    Trois couleurs Trilogy (Three Colors: Red, White, and Blue) -

    1993, 1994, 1994 France

    Ba Wang Bie Ji (Farewell My Concubine) - 1993 China

    Romper Stomper - 1992 Australia

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  • 1 decade ago

    La Strada


    Small Change

    The 400 Blows

    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

    The Bridge aka Die Bruecke

    Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

    The Tin Drum

    Two Women

    The Bicycle Thief

    Forbidden Games


    Black Orpheus

    Beauty & the Beast (Cocteau version)

    Sundays and Cybele

    Day for Night

    Jesus of Montreal

    The Wedding Banquet

    Hiroshima Mon Amour


    Seven Samurai

    The Seventh Seal

    Jean de Florette

    Manon of the Spring (sequel to film above)

    Diabolique (original)

    Life is Beautiful


    Pan's Labyrinth

    This Wikipedia site shows Oscar nominees and winners, so this should be an excellent list for you:


    It's difficult to know where foreign movies stop and start actually. Some join the mainstream. Australia is a foreign country, so should I list some of the ones that aren't as familiar here? I'm never sure where the boundary is.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I really enjoyed some of the Kurosawa movies...more the ones with a plot, but you also might like the war movies of his. it's been a long time so I cannot recall the names, but his movies are classics.

    The Chinese movies, The Red Lantern, The Red Sargasso Sea, Raise The Red Lantern, and many others are fascinating movies. And, of course, all of the many French and Italian movies of love, love and more love.

    We have a fabulous video/DVD rental store where I live which specializes in foreign films and it is a treasure. Always a good find there. Enjoy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    German all directed by Tom Tykwer:

    Run Lola Run

    Winter Sleepers


    the Princess and the Warrior


    City of the Lost Children

    Life is Beautiful

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  • 1 decade ago

    Just saw a wild one on Turner Classic Movies a couple of days ago: "Zazie dans le Metro" 1960 French film in color (!). Very surreal with some slapstick moments, and well worth watching. "Cinema Paradiso" is also a favorite, along with "Amelie" and "Metropolis"...

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Red Violin. I don't remember what country of origin its from, but it was a very good movie about a rare violin that had a Hope Diamond-type legacy of bringing death to everyone who possessed it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    -- Tsotsi

    -- Life is Beautiful

    -- City of God

    -- Cinema Paradiso

    -- Europa Europa

    -- All About My Mother

    -- Head-On

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  • 1 decade ago

    por la libre.

    it is soo funny. its about two cousins who go scatter their granfathers ashes in the ocean but alot of stuff happens to them along the way. hilarious.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Nothing is good as hollywood..producing wise, directing wise, acting wise, editing wise, etc..

    i dont think uve seen all hollywood movies that ur lookin for foreign ones..stick to hollywood its the BEST =)

    Source(s): Im jordanian and i cant tell ya..arabic movies are only nice for the arab watchers...indians are only good for indians..and british an french movies are no good hollywood wanabees
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