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Any cool guys or girlls here fans of foreign language movies. Like foreign as in not English.

Some people like them and some hate subtitles but I can enjoy subtitled movies. Some I liked alot were the new half french version of Le Divorce, Run Lola Run, Show Me Love and Brazil movie City of Godd. Anyone have any more ones to recommend to me, please?
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I saw this super fucked up French film called Sitcom? Yeah I think that was it. I recommend checking out some Indian films, I can't think of any off the top of my head but I've seen some good ones.

Edit: I was right, it was called Sitcom (imdb.com)

Also, I really want to see City of God

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by ScottLadd
    Any cool guys or girlls here fans of foreign language movies. Like foreign as in not English.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but American movies are not English. You should check out a few of our Hollywood productions, you'd probably enjoy them






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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
    Originally posted by rikidozan
      Originally posted by ScottLadd
      Any cool guys or girlls here fans of foreign language movies. Like foreign as in not English.


    Correct me if I'm wrong, but American movies are not English. You should check out a few of our Hollywood productions, you'd probably enjoy them




I think he meant the language, dude.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
He may MEAN it, but he didn't SAY it. He was clear on what he defined as foriegn, as in not English, his country.


If I said I was looking for movies that were not American, what would you think that means?




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There's been a few i've been wanting to see lately. "Show Me Love" being one of them. Netflix is a great source to get these movies. I've also got "The Housekeeper", "A Single Girl" and "8 Women" (gotta love Virginie Ledoyen) on my queue.

I've also wanted to see "Amores Perros" for a few years now. I keep forgetting to rent that one. And also, "Jet Lag" just because Jean Reno is in it...and he has hair. People have also recommended to me the Trois Couleurs trilogy ("Red", "White", and "Blue"). I'll have to eventually check that out down the line.


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Denys Arcand's movies "The Decline of The American Empire" and "The Barbarian Invansions" (which won the Oscar this year), are amazing. Also, the movie "Jesus of Montreal" which is actually kind of bilingual (French and English...kind of appropriate for Montreal). All great movies.

Also, I've always been partial to the French film "Delicatessen".


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Stilton
    Also, I've always been partial to the French film "Delicatessen".


    (edited by Stilton on 25.3.04 1458)


Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children are two of my favorite French films.




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Some of my fave Foreign Flicks:
-Abre Los Oyos [Spain]
-Y Tu Mama Tambien [Mexico]
-Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon [Taiwan]
-Amelie [France]



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For Spanish class in college, we had to watch "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) which I found thoroughly entertaining. The copy I watched didn't have subtitles (though I'm sure your local video store copy does), because our assignment was to translate it ourselves and write a report on it, but I thought it was pretty funny. Not to mention it had a young Antonio Banderas, who was nearing the height of his popularity when I watched it.
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I can recommend a few good Norwegian movies:

Insomnia - much creepier than the American version.

Elling - A film about two former mental patients that live together in an apartment - it's quite an entertaining movie.

Heftig og begeistret (Cool and Crazy) - A documentary about a northern Norwegian choral singing group. It documents their lives, their songs, and their trip to Murmansk to perform for the Russian people. If you're into documentaries, I highly recommend this one.

Hamsun - Starring Max von Sydow (Father Merrin from The Exorcist) as Knut Hamsun, it tells about his life during World War II in Norway. What makes it interesting is that Hamsun was one of Norway's most revered authors, yet he allied himself with the Nazi party due to their desire to "get back to nature". Compelling story with excellent performances all around.



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I'll chime in with some good foreign horror (leaving out the Japanese ones, because I think they've been done to death):

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nachtn (1979) starring Klaus Kinski and directed by Werner Herzog. Essentially a remake of the silent Nosferatu with some incredibly beautiful scenes and some very creepy moments. See the subtitled version. IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079641/

Dog Soldiers (2002)Directed by Neil Marshall. It's a fairly simple premise: A team of soldiers winds up in the woods with a large number of werewolves. I don't think it was released in the US because of a fear nobody would understand the accents, it's a very good movie. Technically, it's foreign, but it is in English. From the UK. IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0280609/

Nattevagten (1994) Directed by Ole Bornedal. This movie is from Denmark and is a nice little horror movie about a nightwatchman at a mortuary. Killings start, bodies come alive (or do they?) and hilarity ensues. Remade in 1998, I think, by the same director for the US, starring Ewan McGregor and called "Nightwatch". IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110631/

There's others out there, but I think these are more obscure, and should be viewed by the masses.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.21
Japanese noir film called The Most Terrible Time in My Life. You can buy it from Amazon on DVD (Region 1), or VHS (NTSC).
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'The Princess and the Warrior' is directed by the same director of Run Lola Run, and has the same main actress. It's longer and slower than Run Lola Run, but it's very good.

I don't remember what language this is in, but there's a foreign movie called The Vanishing that has a sub-par American remake. The original is very creepy. You should like it.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.37
    Originally posted by Mack Salmon
    I don't remember what language this is in, but there's a foreign movie called The Vanishing that has a sub-par American remake. The original is very creepy. You should like it.



Spoorloos! Very good movie. Remake (by the same director) starred Sandra Bullock, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jeff Bridges. I think it's Dutch and French.



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I was coming in here to add Spoorloos myself. Watching the original and the Keifer version is one of the most glaring examples of how a Hollywood ending can ruin a movie you'll ever see.

Does Shatner's "Incubus" count? Esperanto is so lame you just have to howl in laughter at it.

Oh, and can't forget the vomit-inducing Jorg Buttgereit flicks or Guinea Pig movies from Germany and Japan respectively.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
I love subtitles too, Some of my pound for pound favorite movies are City of God, Hero, Seven Samurai, Ran, Run Lola Run, and of course...The Passion of the Christ.






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Brotherhood of the Wolf - A French period piece/martial arts flick/horror movie/mystery/romance. Very hard to describe and very awesome.

Rashomon - Should be assumed, but it hasn't been mentioned yet. I also enjoyed Ran quite a bit as well.

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Audition - Easily top 5 of most terrifying movies I've ever seen.

Devil's Backbone - Not as terrifying as Audition, but quite good.

I'll second the recommendation on Princess and the Warrior, if just for the "straw" scene (You'll know it when you see it)

There are tons more, bur that's all I've got right now at 3:20 am...

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.84
Japanese films with Toshiro Mifune:
Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Rashomon

Hong Kong Films with Chow Yun-Fat:
Hard Boiled (finest action sequences I've ever seen)
The Killer
City on Fire
A Better Tomorrow
A Better Tomorrow II

Renoir's Grand Illusion

Antonioni's Blow Up (an Italian film in English)



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
Based on what you've said you've liked, ScottLadd, I'll recommend (and I do this for a living! You can trust me!):

Nine Queens (Argentinian con game film)
Dead or Alive (over-the-top Japanese gangster film)
Devil's Backbone (amazing film about a haunted Spanish orphanage)
Happiness of the Katakuris (Japanese horror-comedy-musical from the director of Dead or Alive)
Pusher (Danish drug film; the box cover compares it to Trainspotting but I don't think that's particularly the case)
Rififi (French heist film from the '50s; arguably the greatest heist sequence ever)

And I'll second (and third) what others here have said about The Vanishing and Insomnia.

Also, for fans of Delicatessen and City of Lost Children, check out Tuvalu if you can find it -- it's in a similar vein, but black and white and with no dialogue. Really worth watching.

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