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6 hours ago, kerraig UK said:

Big shout out to Italian & Spanish shock cinema of the 60s and 70s. Namely the Giallo, politizioteschi, spaghetti westerns and cannibal films. 

 

Movies that were in neither English nor Italian and both. 

 

Italian 70s cinema is some of the most beautiful there is, and with the best soundtracks. 

 

The Conformist being a personal favourite. But also:

 

Cannibal Ferox

Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Blood & Black Lace

The House With Laughing Windows

 


You forgot Revolver, which is the best and should definitely be remade. And Danger: Diabolik, which is actual genius. 

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Some great world cinema things that immediately spring to mind (and that I don't think have been mentioned).

 

Happiness of the Katakuris (a Japanese black comedy horror musical.  Utterly bonkers, but brilliant)

 

Tears Of The Black Tiger (very stylish and highly stylized Thai take on the Western genre)

 

Shaolin Soccer (you neither need to be into football or martial arts films to enjoy this ridiculous film)

 

Life is Beautiful (laugh out loud funny, then utterly heartbreaking.  A very human take on the Holocaust.   Worthy of the Oscars it took home).

 

Il Postino.  (If you like your heartwarming comedy drama bathed in Mediterranean sunlight, this is a good shout)

 

 

I know it's been mentioned before here, but if you're watching Cinema Paradiso (and you should, it's probably my favourite film ever) then the much much longer directors cut is the one to watch.  There theatrical cut basically edits out the second half of the film.

 

 

It's great to see My Sassy Girl mentioned.  This is a fabulous Korean rom-com and seems to have been sadly neglected by the west.

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A Man Escaped (France, 1956) by Robert Bresson. An utterly mesmerising, intimate and slow-burn WW2 prison escape film where everything is in the detail.

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1 hour ago, Chosty said:

A Man Escaped (France, 1956) by Robert Bresson. An utterly mesmerising, intimate and slow-burn WW2 prison escape film where everything is in the detail.


Ooh i've not seen that. Thats going on the list

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I saw it originally in a Moviedrome double bill with Escape from Alcatraz - a perfect combination. It was one of those really memorable film-watching evenings.

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Trying to come up with some movies that aren't the usual suspects...

 

I remember seeing In The House by Ozon at the BFI Film Festival in 2012 I think and really enjoying it. Very smart and funny, I should definitely track it down for a rewatch at some point.

 

Laurence Anyways is another movie that stuck with me over the years. It's a 3 hour long movie about a man becoming a transgender woman and the impact that has on the relationship with her best friend (might have been her girlfriend, I can't recall). I'm not sure I can remember seeing another movie quite like it, it's a bit long but full of crazy flights of fancy and big directorial flourishes. Probably not for everyone but certainly memorable.

 

There is one movie I do remember seeing, that may have been Greek, about a controlling father who starts sleeping with all of his daughters once they reach a certain age (maybe 12), causing one of the daughters to commit suicide on her 12th birthday after being told what would start happening by her older sister. Not a barrel of laughs, obviously, but I recall it being pretty powerful. No idea what it was called though and frankly I don't fancy trying to Google it with those kind of search terms  :lol:

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Lesser known foreign films - Midnight madness gonzo edition:

 

Ex-Drummer - based on a novel by the Belgium Irving Welsh this is a visually striking but deeply unpleasant movie about an entitled author who agrees to start a punk band with three disabled men. It is probably the only film I’ve ever seen that features people with disabilities acting like complete bastards to each other and everyone else. Definitely a unique experience, though not for the feint  of heart.


Martyrs - This one’s actually pretty well known, but I think it belongs in this list anyway. I don’t really like this film much as it’s mostly quite repugnant, but I thought the last few minutes of this twisted revenge thriller managed to transcend the whole ordeal into something that’s more than the sum of its bloody parts. Your mileage may vary. 
 

The Vanishing (the original, not the crap Kiefer Sutherland remake) - A dissertation on the nature of evil, there’s something incredibly chilling about the mater-of-fact way this film portrays its dark acts. Proof that some of the scariest things happen not in the dead of the night, but in broad daylight. 


The Posession - Along with Jacob’s Ladder, this must have been one of the biggest influences on the Silent Hill series, with much of the action taking in place in rooms with peeling wallpaper and rusted fittings. The subway scene (you’ll know it when you see it) freaked me the fuck out. Also, like Audition, it’s weirdly boring for long stretches, as Sam Neil and Isabelle Adjani’s marriage slowly self-destructs.

 

Volere Volare - An Italian foley artist for porn films suddenly finds himself turning into a cartoon. Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit only 200% hornier. 
 

Adele Hasn’t Had Her Dinner Yet - Nick Carter (America’s greatest detective) heads to Czechoslovakia to solve a case involving a missing dog, an heiress, and a carnivorous plant called Adele. Carter is a master of disguise and has a vast array of inspector gadget-style inventions at his disposal. As a bonus it also features animated segments from Jan Svankmajer. 

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22 hours ago, Majora said:

There is one movie I do remember seeing, that may have been Greek, about a controlling father who starts sleeping with all of his daughters once they reach a certain age (maybe 12), causing one of the daughters to commit suicide on her 12th birthday after being told what would start happening by her older sister. Not a barrel of laughs, obviously, but I recall it being pretty powerful. No idea what it was called though and frankly I don't fancy trying to Google it with those kind of search terms  :lol:

 

I'm putting the name in a spoiler tag as you've explained almost the entire plot from the end backwards:

 

Spoiler

Miss Violence.

 

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On 01/01/2020 at 10:47, Boozy The Clown said:

La Haine

 

 

This movie introduced me to foreign cinema outside of Asia. 

 

Amazing film and to think how far both Cassel & Taghmaoui would go from this film is outstanding. 

 

The Crimson Rivers was another good film by the same director and features Cassell & Reno in it. 

 

There is a blu ray release cheap in HMV here the uk which comes with the soundtrack which features that mix above from the movie :)

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21 minutes ago, The Eagle Lord said:

This movie introduced me to foreign cinema outside of Asia. 

 

Amazing film and to think how far both Cassel & Taghmaoui would go from this film is outstanding. 

 

The Crimson Rivers was another good film by the same director and features Cassell & Reno in it. 

 

There is a blu ray release cheap in HMV here the uk which comes with the soundtrack which features that mix above from the movie :)

Same here. 

 

Remember at the time every film magazine and respected reviewer praising the hell out of it. 

 

Not watched it in over 20 years, due a rewatch. 

 

Also need to rewatch Oldboy, my favourite foreign film ever and top 5 all time. That movie really got me into South Korean film making in a massive way and was one of about 10 films that inspired me to want to be involved in cinema. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not involved in cinema. I sit at a desk contemplating suicide each week.  :)

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I love anything to do with the Middle East, basically anything that gives me an insight into life in Iran, Palestine, etc. I also love Spanish language films, they were a huge part of studying Spanish at university and I have many fond memories from watching them. Same with German films, especially anything that explores life post-WW2/in the DDR. Love South Korean films as well!

 

Anyway, some of my faves:

 

About Elly

A Separation

The Salesman

Under the Shadow

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Incendies

 

Pretty much all of Almodovar's works, especially Volver, Julieta and Broken Embraces

Biutiful

The Secrets in their Eyes

 

Goodnight Mommy

Revanche 

The Lives of Others

Victoria

Goodbye, Lenin!

 

Disorder

Raw

Revenge

 

One Cut of the Dead

 

Memories of Murder

A Tale of Two Sisters

A Bittersweet Life

The Chaser

The Man from Nowhere

Bedevilled

I Saw the Devil

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A few I've seen (old and new) over the last few years and loved:

 

Holy Motors (France)

Train To Busan (South Korea)

Sweet Bean (Japan)

To Live (China)

Kitchen Stories (Norway) 

Rams (Iceland)

The Secret In Their Eyes (Argentina)

The Edukators (Germany)

Elle (France)

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Most have been mentioned already and are quite well known but this is a list I put together quite recently of my favourites when my (now) girlfriend and I were talking about foreign films:

 

Amelie  - France

Blue Is the Warmest Colour - France

City of God - Brazil 

The Good, the Bad, the Weird - South Korea

Old Boy - South Korea

Lady Vengeance - South Korea

I Saw The Devil - South Korea 

A Bittersweet Life - South Korea 

The Host - South Korea 

Thirst - South Korea 

The Wailing - South Korea

Ong-Bak - Thailand 

The Raid - Indonesia

The Raid 2 - Indonesia 

Pan's Labyrinth - Spain/Mexico

The Devil's Backbone - Spain/Mexico

[REC] - Spain 

Let the Right One In - Sweden 

Battle Royale - Japan

Hana-bi - Japan

Zatoichi - Japan 

Trollhunter - Norway

Headhunters - Norway 

Hard Boiled - Hong Kong 

Kung Fu Hustle - Hong Kong

Shaolin Soccer - Hong Kong 

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Any love for Three Colours: Red/white/blue these days? That used to be a go-to critically acclaimed set of foreign films that I don't see much mention of nowadays. I probably need a rewatch to decide now.

 

Tarkovsky's films, especially Solaris and Stalker.

 

I think I mentioned it in the obscure recommendations thread but I have a soft spot for the stylish French violent action flick Dobermann, Vincent Cassel terrorising Paris with brutal bank robberies, and a psycho cop going after him.

 

Ichi the Killer is pretty silly but also sort of iconic, I suspect it'll be very of it's time. Most people would probably put Audition for Miike's catalogue. And while I'm doing Japanese people called Takeshi (segue!), I like Sonatine a lot as well. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, milko said:

Any love for Three Colours: Red/white/blue these days? That used to be a go-to critically acclaimed set of foreign films that I don't see much mention of nowadays. I probably need a rewatch to decide now.

 

Tarkovsky's films, especially Solaris and Stalker.

 

I think I mentioned it in the obscure recommendations thread but I have a soft spot for the stylish French violent action flick Dobermann, Vincent Cassel terrorising Paris with brutal bank robberies, and a psycho cop going after him.

 

Ichi the Killer is pretty silly but also sort of iconic, I suspect it'll be very of it's time. Most people would probably put Audition for Miike's catalogue. And while I'm doing Japanese people called Takeshi (segue!), I like Sonatine a lot as well. 

 

 


There’s a Criterion BluRay collection of the Three Colors Trilogy that’s just *chef kiss*
 

I love Beat Takeshi movies too. I think Hana Bi is my fave. Essential viewing for anyone who loves the Yakuza games. 

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I do have that collection, but only watched it the once since I got it. I can barely remember any of it now, not sure if that is a reflection on the films or my memory but I suspect the latter. 

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One genre that I feel Europe do so much better then the UK and US is romantic comedies and low key dramas. They're complicated, explore the human condition, have something you can actually connect with or relate too, and tend to have deeper female characters.

 

I frustratingly can't remember many names but Perfect Strangers and Gloria stand out in my memory

 

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1 hour ago, emerald fox said:

One genre that I feel Europe do so much better then the UK and US is romantic comedies and low key dramas. They're complicated, explore the human condition, have something you can actually connect with or relate too, and tend to have deeper female characters.

 

I frustratingly can't remember many names but Perfect Strangers and Gloria stand out in my memory

 


I really enjoyed Gloria. Haven’t seen the recent US remake but I heard that was decent too. Worried the Hollywood sheen might make it feel less authenticity real though, which I thought the original’s biggest strength. It was reassuringly down to earth. 
 

Human drama is a genre foreign films seem to excel at; some of my favourites:

 

Intouchables (2011) - France 

A young man from the projects becomes an unlikely occupational therapist for a paralysed rich guy. Really sticks the landing.  


The Apple of My Eye (2011) - Taiwan
A childish schoolboy tries to win the affections of his tutor. Has an American Pie vibe without the nudity (although does feature the following warning in the closing credits:  "The plotline of masturbating in the classroom depicted in the film has been performed by professionally trained actors; please do not imitate or attempt it.")

 

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (2017) - Japan

A young man reflects back on his time spent as a student with a terminally ill class mate. 

 

Matterhorn (2013) - Netherlands

A strict Puritan worshipper takes on the care of a man with learning difficulties to fill the void left by his departed wife. Acquired taste, but I thought the ending was wonderful. 

 

Klown (2010) - Denmark

Two idiots go on a road trip with a young boy, chaos ensues. Funny, but not for the feint of heart. 

 

Heartbreaker (2010) - France

The Romcom reimagined as a heist movie.  Amazed this one hasn’t been remade by Hollywood. 

 

We Are The Best (2013) - Sweden
A trio of girls form a punk band. Very sweet movie about female friendships and their ups and downs. Would make a good double bill with...

 

Swing Girls (2004) - Japan

Inept school girls form a brass band. A bit like Brassed Off set in a Japanese high school, but better than that sounds. 

 

University of Laughs (2004) - Japan

Brilliant two-hander set mostly in one room. A young playwright engages with a stern censor during the war, as he tries to get his play approved for public performance. A great battle of wits ensues, and ending has all the feels. 

 

All recommended and generally heartwarming!

 

 

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