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10 March 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Five Foreign Language Films  
Now that I've gone and gotten myself in a tizzy over Hollywood, I'm going to pull up some non-English language movies that I particularly liked. You can watch most of them on Netflix, if you have it.

They're all quite different--not surprising, seeing what an eclectic I am--and each one are the types I enjoy when I'm really in the mood for it. (Really, there are few movies I'll watch regardless of mood...)

I also tried to pick ones that everyone hasn't heard of. Which is why I haven't included the enormously popular ones...

House of Fools (Дом дураков)
Language: Russian, Chechen

I feel like the trailer is a little misleading, perhaps to get American butts in seats.

The first time I saw this, I was about fourteen or fifteen, and a little weirded out. My sister added to my confusion by trying to tell me plot points that she thought would make me like it. Now that I'm older, I rather like it. It's a sort of mix between drama, black comedy, and wartime, about a psychiatric hospital during the First Chechen War, in which combatants set up base. The main character, Zhanna, has an accordian that she plays when she's upset, and believes she's engaged to Brian Adams.

Goodbye Lenin!
Language: German

This really shows the more ridiculous side to my sense of humor. I don't know what I can say about it that the trailer doesn't.

A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련  literally 'Rose Flower, Red Lotus')
Language: Korean

No one does horror quite like East Asians. (And there are certain of their movies I absolutely refuse to see. Like Imprint) There was recently an American remake of this movie, called The Uninvited, but there's really no point in watching it. From what I can tell, the plot is the same without the feel behind it. And no, I didn't expect the end at all.

Jodha Akbar
Language: Hindi/Urdu

(Btw, I'm sorry I couldn't find something with bigger subtitles)

Bollywood is not for everyone; personally, I tend to turn the sound way down when the songs come on. However, for the beauty of the cinematography, costumes, and scenery, as well as the story, I will deal with it. The story is about Akbar, who was the best of the Mughal rulers, and the girl he married, whom he allowed to remain Hindu despite being Muslim himself. Akbar himself was probably one of the coolest rulers in history.

Au Revoir, Les Enfants
Language: French

I'm not a huge fan of anything dealing with the Holocaust. It's depressing. And no, I'm not being shallow by refusing to deal with it. However, this movie was beautifully written and directed, and it was melancholy without making you want to slit your wrists the way The Pianist did. And actually, I was surprised how few people had heard of this one, since Turner Classic Movies plays it every year during 31 Days of Oscars.