Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

I love Foreign films

User avatar
Posts: 1027
Joined: December 2008
Location: London

Post by Leo62 » Mon November 22nd, 2010, 8:21 pm

I really enjoyed The Lives of Others too.

Some good ones I remember are:
La Reine Margot
Cyrano de Bergerac (the Depardieu version)
Cache (Hidden)
The Orphanage
Pan's Labyrinth
Kung Fu Hustle
La Haine
A Very Long Engagement
M Hulot's Holiday
House of Flying Daggers
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Let the Right One In

Don't forget, we only ever get to see the best ones... :D
listen:there's a hell
of a good universe next door;let's go
ee cummings

Posts: 2475
Joined: August 2008
Location: Arizona, USA

Post by Ash » Tue November 23rd, 2010, 12:36 am

Oh Babette's Feast, how could I forget that one!

Ash, are you thinking of "Amélie" with Audrey Tautou?

Bingo! Thanks.

One of my favorite foreign documentary was "7 Up". It fascinated me because I was 21 when '21 Up' came out, and went back to see the other two movies. Kept track of it for 28 and 35 - but not sure if they made any more. Really interesting look at how individuals develop over a length of time.

Wasn't Priscilla Queen of the Desert from Australia? Absolutely loved that movie (not sure tho if it would hold up now)

User avatar
Posts: 1641
Joined: August 2008
Location: London, UK

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue November 23rd, 2010, 2:46 pm

I must say I find it odd to say something like 'I love foreign films'. Just because a film is in a different language to my own or from a different country to my own does not mean I am necessarily any less or more likely to like it. It also implies that 'foreign films' are all of a certain type that would incline me to live them or not.
I guess it's something that comes up because so many people in English-speaking countries have a closed mind against even trying something in a different language.
So, to that extent, I have an open mind about films in foreign languages - but no more or less than I do about English-language films. Whether I'll like it is dependent on many more important things than what language it's in.

Posts: 1073
Joined: August 2008
Location: Ciinaminson NJ

Post by chuck » Tue November 23rd, 2010, 4:41 pm

I love Historical Fiction....realizing there are many other choices in novels....I choose to love HF...That's all....Same with Foreign films I love them....because of the story, by the acting, and by the originality....and it's nice to take a break from CGI and Special FX....Although it seems like some FF films are starting to use Special FX and CGI...."Pan's Labyrinth, Devil's Backbone" etc....And I have been struggling with Hollywood films for years(not all)....WTS I do enjoy most American Independent productions.....I can't say I liked every FF I have watched....

User avatar
Posts: 5842
Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: "Murder on the Ile Sordou" by M L Longworth
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Wed November 24th, 2010, 8:22 pm

I haven't watched too many foreign films but thoroughly enjoyed Pan's Labyrinth; also on a more glossy note I love The Horseman on the Roof but mainly due to the visuals (!), it was the film that made me want to got to Provence. Also want to see the original foreign language versions of Insomnia and The Vanishing.
Currently reading "Murder on the Ile Sordou" by M L Longworth

User avatar
Posts: 1346
Joined: September 2008
Location: Georgia USA

Post by Ludmilla » Wed November 24th, 2010, 8:59 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I love The Horseman on the Roof but mainly due to the visuals (!), it was the film that made me want to got to Provence. [/quote]

I love that one too. Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez sizzle. I love the ending... have watched it several times. Really wish I owned it.

Posts: 2475
Joined: August 2008
Location: Arizona, USA

Post by Ash » Thu November 25th, 2010, 12:21 am

Cyrano de Bergerac

Oh my yes.

SPB, you make a good point. I guess I say I like foreign films in the same way I like silents or sci fi movies - you're going to have junk in any genre. But I'd rather see the worse in those genres than in perhaps the best from other genres that I don't care to watch - mysteries, westerns or horror.

Post Reply

Return to “Movies, Television, Radio, and Music”