Tired Of Hollywood Movies? Here Are 10 Best Foreign Films Everyone Has To See To Expand One's Consciousness
December 12, 2018 14:23 By Fabiosa
Not only Hollywood can produce amazing movies. There are lots of absolutely brilliant films all over the world, and today, we want to talk about them. So-called foreign films often blow up all the possible ratings as well as the minds of the film critics. The category known today as the Best Foreign Language Film was first created in 1956, 27 years since the beginning of the yearly ceremony. This year’s Oscars is held by a Chilean drama directed by Sebastián Lelio, called A Fantastic woman (2017).
Why do we believe it is very important to watch foreign films? Well, first of all, they expand your view of the world. Secondly, they can introduce new cultures without the necessity of traveling somewhere. And thirdly, and most importantly, they can push you out of your comfort zone, because one cannot simply eat the dinner, turn off the brain, and still understand a foreign film. We want to share with you our absolute best foreign films to help you grow and see the world under a different angle.
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Top 10 best foreign movies
1. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
My Life as a Zucchini is one of the few films that can make you feel nostalgic just from the first seconds. A Swiss-French stop-motion movie was directed by Claude Barras and was nominated for an Academy Award. It is one of the best foreign films of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which gave the comedy/drama 125 positive reviews out of 127.
2. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Cinema Paradiso is an Italian masterpiece, created by Giuseppe Tornatore, one of the most famous Italian film-directors. The movie won an Academy Award, and definitely could compete for the best picture with the other English movies. The touching story of filmmaker Salvatore will surely amaze you.
3. All About My Mother (1999)
The Academy Award-winning film from Spain, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, was a true sensation. All About My Mother is a meaningful story of a boy Esteban, who dreams of two things: becoming a writer and discovering his father’s identity.
4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
We recommend watching this masterpiece from China with original audio and english subtitles for the full cultural effect. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee won as many as 4 Oscars! There’s just no other such film. Absolutely a must-watch!
5. A Separation (2011)
Asghar Farhadi filmed one of the best foreign movies of all time, A Separation, a powerful piece of art that raises the most important political and social questions. What would you do if you lived in a dangerous country, had a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, and a child, for whom you wanted a better life?
6. Ida (2013)
An absolute masterpiece form Poland, Ida, tells us a story of a young nun from the 1960s, who is full of doubts after learning her family’s dark past. Ida is a beautiful, unforgettable, meaningful Polish film anyone should watch. That’s exactly the reason it won Oscars for best foreign film.
7. Toni Erdmann (2016)
What would you do to reconnect with your child after a long separation? Winfried tries to use an alter ego and pretend to be a life coach of his daughter’s boss. How in the world that would help? Well, lots of critics believe Toni Erdmann is one of the best German comedies. And we do agree with them. Just watch this hilarious story!
8. La Grande Illusion (1937)
La Grande Illusion is a story about the power of human will and the desire to be free. The actions take place during the First World War, when two soldiers are captured by the Germans. What would you do to escape? Do you have what it takes to free yourself? The French masterpiece is surely in the list of the best foreign war films of the 20th century.
9. The Leopard (1963)
From Italian director Luchino Visconti, The Leopard, has one of the most beautiful camera work that ahead of its time that later influenced some of the best modern film-directors, from Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola.
10. Timbuktu (2014)
This French-Mauritanian drama film is possibly one of the most visually stunning pictures of the 21st century. Timbuktu has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomato and is considered to be the best reviewed foreign feature of the year 2015.
Foreign films not only entertain us, but also raise extremely important social questions and tackle the toughest problems. We are sure that if you are truly interested in foreign cultures, you will not regret watching these films. And remember, it’s always more fun to do it with someone. Enjoy watching!