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Old 05-13-2016, 04:06 PM
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I've been quite into foreign language films recently.
I was wondering whether anyone could recommend any really good foreign language films (those being foreign for me, i.e. non-English).
I can't say I've watched too many more than this list (probably about the same number again) but my current favourite list would be;

1) City of God
2) Cyrano de Bergerac
3) Bicycle Thieves
4) Hero
5) Spirited Away
6) Panís Labyrinth
7) Run Lola Run
8) Oldboy
9) Goodbye Lenin
10) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Old 05-13-2016, 04:25 PM
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I don't know if you're more into modern or classic movies but if you like recent works the last season's dramedy directed by Paolo Genovese "Perfetti Sconosciuti" (=Perfect Strangers) did well both with audience and critics and american studios already wants to make a remake of it. Also "La Grande Bellezza" (aka The Grat Beauty) by Sorrentino is worthwhile, and anything by Nanni Moretti, Ferzan Ozpetek and Roberto Benigni. I'm particularly fond of "La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano" (aka The Legend of 1900) by Tornatore, with Tim Roth, so you could try "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" of him.

If you're into classics then it's pretty mandatory to cite Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Visconti, De Santis, Zeffirelli, Pasolini, Bertolucci etc.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:37 PM
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I don't know if you're more into modern or classic movies but if you like recent works the last season's dramedy directed by Paolo Genovese "Perfetti Sconosciuti" (=Perfect Strangers) did well both with audience and critics and american studios already wants to make a remake of it. Also "La Grande Bellezza" (aka The Grat Beauty) by Sorrentino is worthwhile, and anything by Nanni Moretti, Ferzan Ozpetek and Roberto Benigni. I'm particularly fond of "La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano" (aka The Legend of 1900) by Tornatore, with Tim Roth, so you could try "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" of him.

If you're into classics then it's pretty mandatory to cite Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Visconti, De Santis, Zeffirelli, Pasolini, Bertolucci etc.
Wow. Where to start. I guess I prefer more modern stuff, though Bicycle Thieves is pretty old.
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PS, Could you narrow it down to just 3?
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Ah ah Ok, my personal picks would be:
"La grande bellezza" (aka "The Great Beauty") by Paolo Sorrentino, I''m curious to know the opinion of an American
"La vita Ť bella" by Roberto Benigni (aka "Life is beautiful") and prepare a handkerchief
"Giulietta degli Spiriti" by Federico Fellini.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:21 PM
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Ah ah Ok, my personal picks would be:
"La grande bellezza" (aka "The Great Beauty") by Paolo Sorrentino, I''m curious to know the opinion of an American
"La vita Ť bella" by Roberto Benigni (aka "Life is beautiful") and prepare a handkerchief
"Giulietta degli Spiriti" by Federico Fellini.
Okay, these will be the next three on my list. I've long wanted to watch Life is Beautiful actually.
I'll give you my opinion of The Great Beauty (but you'll have to wait for your American opinion and make do with a British one).

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Man bites dog (Belgium*)
I've read about Man Bites Dog. I dont know whether I can watch it.
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Ambience (Swedish) is coming out in 2020 it is 720 hours /30 days long. Here is the 7 hour and 20 minutes trailer

http://www.thelongestfilm.com/


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RLevgVmZ8rE


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A while back I saw one with Penelope Cruz but I cannot remember the name of it.
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Ambience (Swedish) is coming out in 2020 it is 720 hours /30 days long. Here is the 7 hour and 20 minutes trailer

http://www.thelongestfilm.com/


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RLevgVmZ8rE
Cool. So you you are volunteering to watch it first before giving us a recommendation. I look forward to your review.
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Okay, these will be the next three on my list. I've long wanted to watch Life is Beautiful actually.
I'll give you my opinion of The Great Beauty (but you'll have to wait for your American opinion and make do with a British one).

many thanks
A British review will be a pleasure nonetheless.

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A while back I saw one with Penelope Cruz but I cannot remember the name of it.
Since it's a foreign language movie I think it could be one of her long time collaborations with Pedro Almodovar or one of her more recent italian movies with Castellitto, "Don't move" or "Twice born".
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A British review will be a pleasure nonetheless.



Since it's a foreign language movie I think it could be one of her long time collaborations with Pedro Almodovar or one of her more recent italian movies with Castellitto, "Don't move" or "Twice born".
I looked up her filmography on Wikipedia and found it. It's called Volver.
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Since it's a foreign language movie I think it could be one of her long time collaborations with Pedro Almodovar or one of her more recent italian movies with Castellitto, "Don't move" or "Twice born".
No film has ever made me feel as much sadness as "Don't Move". I couldn't even cry like I do with most films, I felt an actual pain in my chest.
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7) Run Lola Run


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I like those.
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Old 05-22-2016, 03:02 PM
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No film has ever made me feel as much sadness as "Don't Move". I couldn't even cry like I do with most films, I felt an actual pain in my chest.
It's based on a book by Margaret Mazzantini (just like Twice Born); all her books are deeply moving and upsetting, and are partly inspired by real life events. Twice Born left me in a pensive state for days.
I think that these movies were some of the best interpretations by Penelope Cruz. Strangely (or maybe not) this is just the kind of movie that is praised in Italy and shunned in the rest of the world. Melodrama and Realism are deeply ingrained in our artistic culture and I often see that other countries have a difficult time in relating to the extreme tales portrayed in movies like these. I had and still have a hard time too, but like my favourite teacher used to say (the one who introduced me and my classmates to these genre), life is also this and we can't close our eyes and pretend.
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