Friday, August 10, 2007

Things I Love - Foreign Films

I've been meaning since I started this blog to have a weekly post about things that I love. (kind of like Oprah!) It'll be interesting to see how these particular posts develop over time.

Foreign films are something that I've always loved but up until recently never watched on a regular basis. When I moved to New York this winter one of the things my friend Jen and I did when we got together was go see foreign films and it reminded me of how much I love them! You don't know the actors in most of them and so it's easier to believe that they truly are the character they're playing. For me they evoke more feeling and many times tell a story that an American may not know - since it's told from a non-American perspective. I love listening to the different languages - it's like escaping into a foreign country for 2 hours.

Over the past 6 months I've been exploring the world of foreign films - in some instance I'm seeing a movie for the first time that many people have already seen and in some instance I'm discovering great movies on my own that others have never heard of.

Here are some of my favorites from the past 6 months:

Amelie - A sweet French movie with a main character that you will love!

Butterfly - This movie takes place right before the Spanish Civil War. It is a powerful story about how people can change when times change.

Elling - A Swedish gem - this movie tells the story of two mentally challenged friends who room together in an apartment in Oslo. They have to prove to the state they are capable of living on their own. You'll root for them the whole way!

The Dinner Game - A French comedy that will have you in stitches - I haven't laughed so hard in awhile!

The Lives of Others - The 2007 Foreign Film Oscar Winner - a powerful story about life in East Berlin before & after the fall of the wall.

I have a ton of foreign films in my netflix queue and I plan on making sure that I continue to consistently watch foreign gems. If you don't watch foreign films go outside your box and try one out - you never know you might like it!

1 comment:

SundreamNYC said...

The Lives of Others is always on my mind here in Berlin! I've seen some creepy things from that era!