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Help me with Foreign (Non-English) Movie Recommendations


I'm sure you've seen some of these-

Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Bye, Lenin! (2003, Wolfgang Becker)
GBG, we have similar taste in movies, especially the 'don't like stuff'. So I've went through my old Foreign Language list and found films that I really think are right up your alley, I'd rate all of these
or better

Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker 2003) Fun drama about an East German family. It's light and entertaining.
@cricket, @Holden Pike, and @Citizen Rules,
I watched Good Bye Lenin! (2003) - I almost turned this movie off after about 20 minutes because it felt like I was watching a history lesson, but I decided to continue, and I'm glad that I did. It took a while for me to get into the movie, but once it got into the part where the family was trying to protect the mother by hiding the political changes, it got interesting.

While it was obvious how much Alex loved his mother, I also wondered how much of what he was doing was because he felt guilty about causing her heart attack. I would have liked to see more interaction between some of the other family members and the mother, but it didn't really hurt the movie either.

But there were a few minor things bothered me. For example, when Alex found his mother's hidden money. They got rid of the old furniture while the mother was still in the hospital, and it took them a while to ask her about the money, and her a while to remember where she hid it, so why was the old furniture still sitting outside in a junk pile? Shouldn't it have been removed months ago? And why did he throw the "worthless" money off the roof? He only went to one bank to try to exchange it. Maybe there was somewhere else that it could have been exchanged? He didn't even try to find another place to exchange it. And the thing that bothered me the most was when Alex woke up and his mother's bed was empty, and he ran outside to find her, he left the baby all alone in the house. I know that he wasn't thinking about the baby in that moment, and he needed to find his mother ASAP, but it still bothered me.

But while this movie was a bit far-fetched, it was still an enjoyable movie to watch.

Thanks for the recommendation.
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Still Walking and Departures - both deal with death but in a reflective sort of way. Still Walking is about a family coming together who are still grieving the death of a son who died many years ago, Departures is about a cellist who becomes an undertaker's assistant which is sort of funny and sentimental at the same time.

@Thursday Next,

I watched Departures (2008). When this movie started, and I saw them basically cleaning a dead body, I thought this was going to be a very morbid movie, and I couldn't really understand why it was recommended to me, but I stuck with it anyway, and I'm glad that I did. It turned out to be a very touching movie. It showed death in a way that most people don't really see it, and gave it more meaning, including theories about how the dead move on to the afterlife.

I was surprised that Daigo let his wife leave without at least trying to explain to her why his job was so important to him, but maybe he was right because she probably wouldn't have listened to him at that time anyway. She had only seen the video that he made, and that didn't have the emotion of a real ceremony. But when she came back, and she was able to actually see the ceremony, that's when the movie completely turned around for me, and I was able to feel the emotion that he could feel during the ceremony.

WARNING: "SPOILERS about THE ENDING of "Departures"!!!" spoilers below
When he was talking about his father earlier in the movie, and he couldn't see his father's face in his memory, I had a feeling that somehow this was going to end with him doing the ceremony for his father. It was predictable, but it worked because it brought out all the movie's emotions, and wrapped everything up nicely.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Romantics Anonymous (2010, Jean-Pierre Améris)

@Holden Pike,
I watched Romantics Anonymous (2010), and I loved this movie! This was an adorably quirky romance between two people with debilitating fears of romance. The way these two people were so afraid of each other, but they somehow managed to fall in love anyway was absolutely adorable. I could almost feel their racing heartbeats, their sweaty palms, and all of their anxieties. And the ending was perfect.

However on a personal note, as a chocoholic who has been trying to diet recently, this was very hard to watch them making and eating all of that chocolate. I'm just glad that I was riding the exercise bike while watching this because it took all of my willpower to not jump off the bike, and go eat a chocolate bar.

Thank you for the wonderful recommendation.

I'm not going to be much help but I can second a few of the movie that have been mentioned:

Timecrimes is a good sci-fi time travel movie.

@Hey Fredrick,

I watched Timecrimes (2007). I probably wouldn't have watched this without your recommendation because the movie poster made it look like a horror movie, but it turned out to be a great movie, with lots of twists and turns. I loved the way each time loop built on the previous loop. I liked how each loop explained what was going on in the previous loop, and at the same time, caused the things that happened in the previous loop.

WARNING: "SPOILERS about the ENDING of "Timecrimes"!!!" spoilers below
However, the ending felt unfinished. Hector still has to explain about the dead girl at his house, and the police might also come looking for him about the crashed vehicles that he'll have to explain. Plus, everything will probably eventually link back to the time lab, where it will be very hard for them to explain all the evidence that they left behind. It didn't ruin the movie for me, but it made me want to see the rest of the movie, (that doesn't exist), to tie up the loose ends.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone who likes time travel movies.

Thanks for the great recommendation.

Tell No One (2006, Guillaume Canet)
@Holden Pike,
I watched Tell No One (2006). This is an excellent murder mystery with twists and turns around every corner, but beneath the murder mystery, is the love story between Alex and Margot.

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there are so many secrets and lies going on in this movie that it's hard to keep track of them all, but somehow they manage to all make sense in the end. This movie turns out to be one of the best mystery movies ever.

On a separate note, François Cluzet, who stars as Alex, looks exactly like Dustin Hoffman.

Thank you for the great recommendation.

Winter's Light- Ingmar Bergman. Part of Bergman's silence o God trilogy. Powerful movie Swedish
I watched Winter Light (1963), but sadly, it just wasn't my type of movie. I rarely like religious movies, and this movie was just too slow and a bit too boring for my taste. It didn't get interesting until about an hour into the movie, (around the time that the guy shot himself).

I don't know if maybe I missed the point of the movie, but the pastor seemed like a pretty bad pastor. He lost his faith, and he wasn't able to help anyone. He wasn't a nice person either.

Unfortunately I didn't like this movie as much as I had hoped to, but thanks for the recommendation.

Yip Man (2008)- Chinese .... I don't recommend the sequels though..... this just in case you were having fun watching Jackie Chan movies for amusement
A Quiet Life (2010) - Italian
The Chambermaid (2018) - Mexican
Another Round (2020) -
Deerskin (2019) - French
Perfect Strangers (2016) / Perfetti sconosciuti - Italian ( this one I liked a lot)...
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