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Postby onyxivy » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:19 pm

I'm very into foreign cinema, but a recent disease (read: college) has prevented me from seeing as many movies as I'd like.

Past favorites have been 2046, The Princess and the Warrior, Run Lola Run, Amelie, Old Boy, etc.

Does anyone have any recommendations/has anyone seen anything new?
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Postby SaintDrogo » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:46 pm

City of the Lost Children is a must-see, especially if you're in a place where someone's already made you watch Lola Rennt. Cinema Paradiso is another great one, also All The Little Animals, but I don't know if you consider British cinema to be foreign.
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Postby Rei » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:02 am

Constant Gardener was a pretty good film. Sad, but well shot. Something of an activist style film.
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Postby SaintDrogo » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:43 pm

It's not really as Pelagian as it sounds, truth be told. I pictured a bunch of abandoned children too, but there's more too it than lost children.

It's kind of a cult classic, but there's really universal appeal, and I have to think it's elitist thinking and general laziness on the part of Americans (ie, won't "read" a subtitled film) that keeps it from "getting big" over here.
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Postby onyxivy » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:55 pm

City of the Lost Children is a must-see, especially if you're in a place where someone's already made you watch Lola Rennt. Cinema Paradiso is another great one, also All The Little Animals, but I don't know if you consider British cinema to be foreign.
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Postby locke » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:29 pm

City of Lost Children is indeed excellent:

City of God is even better, and a must for any fan of Enders Game, imo.

some personal favorites that are available on dvd
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Grand Illusion (french, first foreign film to be nominated for best picture)
The 400 Blows (french)
Seven Samurai (japanese)
Ugetsu (japanese)
Fanny and Alexander (Swedish)
M (german)
I was born but (japanese, will finally be available on dvd in april)
Grave of the Fireflies (japanese)
Whisper of the Heart (japanese)
Spirited Away (Japanese)
Battle Royale (japanese, this one may be harder to see due to it having no release in the US because it is kids killing kids)
Bicycle Thieves (Italian)
Joyeux Noel (France/Germany/UK)
The Lives of Others (German)
Pather Panchali (Indian)
Y tu mama tambien (mexican)


there's many more but I'm trying not to repeat directors :P
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Postby Rei » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:23 am

Knafayim Shvurot (Hebrew) -- When I saw House of Sand and Fog, I thought of this film. Except, unlike House of Sand and Fog, Knafayim Shvurot actually ended with an element of hope. Their lives are screwed up and things are awful, but they're going to work it out.

And what list is complete without Run, Lola, Run (German)?

On my to-watch list is Om Shanti Om, a Hindi film.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:07 am

Water (2005) by Deepa Mehta. Tragic and a great movie.
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Postby Luet » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:50 am

That's been on my netflix list forever. I'll have to get it soon.
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Postby Valentine » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:42 pm

Water (2005) by Deepa Mehta. Tragic and a great movie.
I LOVED this movie. It was heartbreaking and beautiful.. I'm actually really excited that someone here has seen it.

My favorite foreign films that come to mind (non-definitive, obviously, and you'll find that I watch a surplus of japanese films):

Y Tu Mama Tambien
Motorcycle Diaries
Amores Perros
The Bicycle Thief
Grave of Fireflies
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
Perfect Blue
Millenium Actress
Oldboy
Audition
La Dolce Vita
Pan's Labrynth
Run Lola Run
Amelie
City of God
Seven Samurai
The Lives of Others
Wild Strawberries
Cinema Paradisco
The Science of Sleep (If this can be included as foreign. I adore Michel Gondry)


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