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Old 04-04-2013, 20:48
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Looking for some suggestions of good foreign language films of the last 4 or 5 years I could rent from Lovefilm. Any genre, any country, just looking for something good and interesting to watch and I know there's good stuff from around the world that we don't get to hear much about. Thanks .
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Old 04-04-2013, 21:15
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Haven't seen many and have a bad memory anyways but I do remember watching Let The Right One In
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Old 04-04-2013, 21:16
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Also check out The Secret in Their Eyes
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Old 04-04-2013, 22:15
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Rust & Bone is fantastic, as is Confessions...
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Old 04-04-2013, 22:57
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:02
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some great foreign films i have seen are, a royal affair,the hunt ,amour,tell no one,untouchable.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:41
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Pan's Labyrinth, Still Walking, Amour, The Host, Poetry, Mother, Old Boy, Downfall, the Lives of Others, 4 months/3 Weeks/2 Days, Volver, Secret in their Eyes, A Separation, Red Cliff, Oslo Aug 31, Barbara.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:56
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:59
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The "girl with the dragon tattoo trilogy" is good and so is "Headhunters"

For a bit of fun "Troll Hunters" and "Blood and Ice" I mean it has nazi zombies, it can't go wrong.

These are on Netflix, so not sure about availability on Lovefilm.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:58
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I quite enjoyed Reign of Assassins.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:15
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Thanks a lot for all the suggestions. Some interesting films that should keep me busy for a while .
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:17
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Michael Haneke's last trio - Hidden, The White Ribbon & Amour. A master at the top of his game.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:37
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Also check out The Secret in Their Eyes
Watched this last night, brilliant film. The one shot scene in the stadium is amazing.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:17
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Haven't seen many and have a bad memory anyways but I do remember watching Let The Right One In
Make sure you get the Swedish original, not the dire American remake.

I'll second Volver - Penelope Cruz has been better or looked hotter.

Also, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie). I've never heard anyone else on here mention it but it's recently come out on DVD and it's fabulous. Funny, moving, thoughtful - it's a reminder of why we need the French film industry.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:17
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Wow - good call. This film is so brilliant. Really, really moving and so subtle.

Some other fabulous suggestions already on here, for me especially Pan's Labyrinth, Hidden and The Lives of Others.

The Devil's Backbone is also a good watch. I found Night of the Sunflowers pretty tense and engrossing.

If you like The Lives of Others then Goodbye Lenin is a much gentler but equally enjoyable take on life in East Berlin. Also if you like Troll Hunter maybe give Rare Exports a go.

If you want to go back pre Millennium and like quirky stuff then maybe Almodovar's All About my Mother. Another couple that I really enjoyed but they were super quirky were The Carriers Are Waiting and Ma Vie En Rose.

Also from around that time Amores Perros, Central Station and City of God are all highly rated films.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:48
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Is that the one with Kristin Scott Thomas who had come out of prison?
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:52
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Tell No One
The Orphanage
The Lives of Others
Headhunters (Jo Nesbo)
Life is Beautiful
The Counterfeiters

Some bleak viewing in there but all very good films.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:06
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Is that the one with Kristin Scott Thomas who had come out of prison?
Yes. I really rate her.

Another one I just remembered - In the Mood For Love - absolutely stunning to look at.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:22
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Run Lola Run is also worth a watch, as is In The House, only just out at the cinema mind you.
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Old 05-04-2013, 14:53
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I second The Secret in Their Eyes.

3-Iron (South Korean)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (German)
A Prophet (French?)
Read My Lips (French)
The Silence (German)
Gomorrah (Italian)
Hate (German)
Flame and Citron (Danish)
Hello, Stranger (Thai)
Election 1 (Hong Kong)
Election 2 (HK)
Confessions (Japanese)
You're the Apple of My Eye (Taiwanese)
A Bittersweet Life (South Korean)
Moss (SK)
The Chaser (SK)
The Client (SK)
13 Beloved (Thai)

I have mixed feelings about these films, but they're still worth seeing:

South Korean: Phungsan Dog (revolves around a smuggling route between SK and NK), A Dirty Carnival, Mother, The Thieves (a fun heist film), Sunny, Bedevilled, Yellow Sea, Thirst; The Good, the Bad, the Weird (a western), Masquerade, Into the Fire, Welcome to Dongmakgol, Gangster High

Japanese: Caterpillar, Outrage, Nobody Knows, Paprika (animated), Be With You, Blood and Bones (so dark and brutal). (Friends insist Smuggler is a worthy successor of Ichi the Killer, but I didn't like it. Then again, I wasn't keen on Ichi, either.)

Hong Kong: The Bullet Vanishes, The Mission, Exiled, Dream Home, The Mad Detective, The Detective (Aaron Kwok).

The Philippines: The Woman in the Septic Tank

Bah. I overdid the list again. But all these are worth seeing, I promise.
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Old 05-04-2013, 15:00
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La Vie En Rose
Dragon tattoo trilogy
Rust & Bone
Pan's Labyrinth
Volver
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Old 05-04-2013, 15:10
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Old 05-04-2013, 16:08
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Biutiful and Hable Con Ella/La Mala Educación are great. Almodovar is onz of the best directors ever.
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Old 05-04-2013, 16:27
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There are many good ones already mentioned but you might also include 'Dogtooth' (2009, Greece) and 'The Hunt' (2012, Denmark).
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Old 05-04-2013, 16:33
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The Lives of Others - not just the best foreign language film I've seen over the last 10 years, but possibly one of the best films I've ever seen full stop.
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