What’s Your Favorite Foreign Film?

by Britni Danielle

It’s no secret, I watch a lot of TV. Even though I love a good book and am often jugging several titles at a time, there are few things I enjoy more than settling in for a long movie night.

My tastes are as wild and varied as any avid film buff, so I love to troll the net, indie theaters, and Netflix for my fix. While I’m certainly not against watching a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster (I mean, I appreciate things being blown up like the next woman), quirky comedies or an deeply emotional dramas are some of my favorites.

While I’m a huge fan of independent films, my latest obsession these past few months (ok, maybe a year) has been foreign films.

I’ve seen my fair share in the past, City of God, Skin, Dancehall Queen, and Amélie, just to name a few, but for a girl like me who loves to travel but doesn’t always have the funds to “change clothes and go,” the right movie can instantly transport you to exotic locales half a world away.

So, because I’m always on a quest to add more (great) films to my queue, I want to know what you’re watching Clutchettes and Gents.

What are some of your favorite foreign films? 

  • Dwaynefighter

    A good one i’ve seen in the past year, coincidentally it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film just the other night, is “A Separation.” I also love
    “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
    “The Lives of Others”
    “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
    “Maria Full of Grace”
    “Y tu mamá también” and

  • Stephanie

    Incendies is a must see!

    War in Wintertime is amazing.

    In a Better World is….you just have to watch it!

    I found these movies on Optimum On Demand’s Selections.

  • OSHH

    Haven’t seen many in recent years….
    Amelie is an old fav
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    I would love to see Chico and Rita, animated grown up story about afro-cubans romance/music/adventure and it looks delightful, hasn’t been released in the US

  • iQgraphics

    Amile and Pans Labyrinth

    and there’s one more… can’t remember at the moment

  • OSHH

    Oh yeah I absolutely adored Coco Before Chanel!!!!!!
    Audrey T is boss LOL

  • Dalili

    City of God
    In A Better World
    Motorcycle Diaries

  • JaeBee

    Co-signs on ‘City of God’.

  • Dalili

    I’d forgotten about Maria Full Of Grace. Awesome movie!

  • Alexandra

    Se Eu Fosse Voce (Brazilian too)
    An Education
    Rabbit Proof Fence
    Love + Hate
    The Girl with Brains in her Feet
    Salaam Bombay!
    Ginger and Cinnamon

    lots more.

    I’m trying to remember the title of a British-Asian film about an Indian girl that’s an outcast among her peers and befriends some loose White girl. I can’t remember if it was a comedy or not. If anyone knows the title, please share.

  • Trilha

    Going by the Book is so hilariously quirky ( I found it on Netflix)

  • Dalili

    ^^Never Let Me Go^^

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    “The Crimson Rivers”- for all you action/suspense thriller heads…what you know about this one?


    Or…”Anatomy” and “Run Lola Run”- both films starring the underrated Franka Potente!!

  • MK

    Asi del precipicio – Very good movie in Spanish

  • Ms. Information

    Eat Drink Man Woman
    Pan’s Labryrinth
    Autobus 174
    Farewell My Concubine
    The Phantom Carraige

    The list goes on and on though….I rent foreign more than I do American….the storylines are more imaginative.

  • http://gravatar.com/shiningsolace shiningsolace

    I haven’t seen too many independent films, but I loved Amelie and Pan’s Labyrinth. I’ll have to check out some of the suggestions. :)

  • isola

    Dance Hall Queen. I could watch it everyday.

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    I forgot to mention “Run Lola Run”…it’s a personal fav. I will check out the other one you mentioned.


  • iQgraphics

    ARGH!! that was it!!
    city of God

  • iQgraphics

    Coco avant Chanel was very dark.
    interesting pick

  • http://ananseproduuctions.tumblr.com trin-trin

    oh and Beat The Drum

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Britni, they have it available for viewing right now at Sony Pictures’ film website Crackle. Here’s the link:


  • Mr. Man

    Came here to post that ^^^

  • http://sownbrooklyn.com Wanett

    Amelie, Coco Before Chanel, Shall We Dance, Pan’s Labyrinth, Run Lola Run, Cinema Paradiso (I BAWL every single time I watch this!), Kinky Boots, Calender Girls, Four Wedding and a Funeral (the gold standard for Romantic Comedies imho), Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom. I’m sure there are more that I can’t recall right now.

  • m3ka

    (the usual Jamaican movies)
    (Nigerian/Ghanian films)

  • Tonton Michel

    City Of God
    City Of Men
    Last Stop 174
    Lone Wolf and Cub (not Shogun Assassins)
    The Harder They Come
    Ala Traka Pou Baba
    Remo 1 & 2
    Toussaint Louverture (Or rather I hope I like it when I see it).

  • Dalili

    Last ones I promise, I couldn’t resist. :)

    Life is Beautiful
    The Constant Gardner
    After the Wedding
    Notes On A Scandal
    Nowhere in Africa.

  • wuluwulu

    The Man from Nowhere Korean
    Lust Caution Chinese
    A Perfect Picture Ghanaian
    Rockers Jamaican
    Caramel Lebanese
    I Love you you Korean
    Going Postal British
    28 Weeks Later British
    Unfinished Sky Australian
    City of Life UAE
    Feng Shui Phillipines
    Red Hill Austrailian

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    - I Am Slave
    - Fire
    - Bullet Boy
    - Shottas
    - Desert Flower

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TheKMichel K. Michel

    Nice. I love topics like this one. Here’s my list, Britni…

    [Italian Movies]
    “The Bicycle Thief”
    “Johnny Stecchino”
    “Life is Beautiful”/”A Beautiful Life” (Also recommended by Dalili, I believe)

    [Japanese Movies]
    “Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman”
    “Akira” (I don’t like anime movies like that but I think it’s very poignant.)
    “Drunken Master” (Jackie Chan)

    [UK Movies]
    “Attack The Block”
    “Starter for 10″ (Brilliant 80′s movie; James McAvoy… criminally underrated actor for such a young guy.)

    [Brazilian Movies]
    “City of God” (Also recommended by Mike and others)
    “Black Orpheus”

  • Tonton Michel

    And the original “Italian Job”.

  • Sam

    @Alexandra The movie that you’re talking about is called “Anita and Me”. I loved that film.

  • Bisous

    Chico & Rita IS in the states it was also nominated for the academy awards(?) or golden globes. I think is was a limited release though.

  • kd_ncali4nia

    What about CIDADE DE DEUS (Brazil) or the BADDER MEINHOF COMPLEX (Germany)???

  • Bisous

    cidade de deus translates to city of god which several people mentioned :) It’s really good.

  • http://www.twitter.com/amanilovejoy Amani

    Xala by Ousmane Sembene

  • Alexandra

    Thank You! That’s the film. Saw it as a kid & I haven’t seen it since.
    Loved it too.

  • Elle

    City of God as you mentioned. An amazing film, I think my jaw was on the floor the entire time I watched it the first time!


  • Whatever

    Orfeu Negro – Brazil

    Anything by Ousmane Sembene – Senegal

    Life & Debt – Jamaica

    City of God – Brazil

  • Dani

    City of God
    Cinema Paradiso
    Abre los Ojos
    Belle Epoque

  • http://triniqueen-alisworld.blogspot.com/ Ali

    City of God (Brazil)
    Black Orpheus (Brazil)
    Twilight Samurai (Japan)
    When the Last Sword is Drawn (Japan)
    Black Girl-Ousmane Sembene (Senegal)
    Camp de Thiaroye (Senegal)
    House of Flying Daggers (China)
    Hero w/ Jet Li (China)
    RocknRolla (UK)
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (UK)

  • Guest

    Rana’s wedding
    The band’s visit (both arab)
    Black orpheus

  • Guest

    Rana’s wedding
    The band’s visit (both arab)
    Black orpheus

  • Cami

    Some these are older, but they leave an impression

    The first foreign movie I ever remember seeing was Character (Netherlands), anyone who likes mystery and the victories and losses related to blind ambition: Watch this movie!

    The Lives of Others (Germany)
    Lust, Caution (China)
    Monsoon Wedding (India) might not be technically foreign though, but takes you to another place
    After the Wedding (Denmark)

    Ok, here’s my French section:
    Heartbreaker, The Valet, or Avenue Montaigne (France) for cute romantic comedies
    Paris – one of those movies about inter-connectivity a la Love Actually without Christmas
    La Vie en Rose
    La Haine, Crimson Rivers, Cafe au Lait, Brotherhood of the Wolf – for the Vincent Cassel lovers

    Tsotsi (South Africa)
    Original Girl with a Dragon Tattoo Movies (Sweden)
    Motorcycle Diaries or basically anything with Gael Garcia Bernal
    Volver (Spain)
    Before the Rain (Macedonia, if I remember correctly, good and intense movie)

  • Bridgette

    Strictly Ballroom
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Like Water for Chocolate
    Pan’s Labyrinth

  • yeathatsme

    Pans Labyrinth!!!!

  • HowApropos…

    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Red Shoes
    Mama, There’s A Man In Your Bed
    Like Water For Chocolate

  • HowApropos…

    Forgot to add…

    13 Assassins
    Tokyo Gore Police
    Ong Bak

  • Guest

    Black Orpheus

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