Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Movies

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about some of my non-English language films.

#1 Amélie

There are many great French movies but Amélie is among my favorites. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to check out this magical piece of filmmaking.

#2 Life is Beautiful

I’m not an emotional person, but this one had me weeping. It’s so wonderful yet heart-breaking and sad. One of the best Italian films out there.

#3 Volver

We all know Penelope Cruz is a goddess. One of her best pictures, in my opinion, is Volver. The movie was directed by Pedro Almodovar, who is just as brilliant.

What’s your favorite non-English language movie? Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Movies

  1. I’ve seen all three of these!

    I liked but didn’t love Volver though Penelope was wonderful in it. With Amelie I’d heard so often that I’d be charmed and swept away by it. I wasn’t. It was nice and sweet but I’ve seen many other films that were similar that engaged me more. Life is Beautiful is very moving and the ending crushing.

    I’m not a huge foreign film watcher but I watch enough that I enjoy this week every year to find new ones to explore or share ones I love. My second two this week are discoveries from this past year, the first has been a favorite for years.

    The Wages of Fear (1953)-As a fire rages in an oil field in the South American jungle the parent company hires four men desperate enough to accept the challenge of delivering two trucks of nitroglycerine over rugged terrain where the slightest jolt can result in death to extinguish the blaze. As they cautiously proceed a rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers. A masterwork of tension from director Henri-Georges Clouzot.

    High and Low (1963)-A wealthy industrialist (Toshiro Mifune) who is facing a business disaster becomes the target of a kidnapper, but it turns out that the child snatched is his chauffer’s not his. With money temporarily very tight he is faced with a crisis of conscious as to how to proceed. Akira Kurosawa’s take on film noir, based on Ed McBain’s novel “King’s Ransom”, is something different from him. Crafted with his usual care it’s a taut and constantly involving film.

    Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)-Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva), lovers turned friends, recall through many hours of conversation previous romances and the life experiences that have brought them to this point. Intertwined with those memories they ponder the devastation wrought by the atomic bomb dropped on the city. Simple and gripping with exquisite work by Riva and Okada.

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  2. Wish I had seen Amélie on the big screen, visually dazzling and the quirky main character is fun. Life is Beautiful is very charming despite the location.
    I like the color palette of Almodovar’s films but I find his stories often are forgettable.

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    • Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorites as well! There’s a bunch of older French films I also really enjoyed but didn’t name. I have heard many great things about La Haine but haven’t seen that one yet!
      Thanks for the other suggestions, I will make sure to check them out as well!


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