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ASide from Hollywood mainstream movies, what foreign films you enjoyed/liked that you can recommend to other movie addicts. :D

Here's my list

Nobody Knows (Japan)
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordman (Japan)
Not One Less (China)
Happy Times (China)
Bad Education (Spain)
Jan Dara (Thailand)
Les Choristes (France)

Next time na ung mga summary nila, mauubusan ako ng English :naughty:
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  • hey, 22mai! =] eto po nagandahan ako dito:

    Cinema Paradiso - Italy
    Set in a small Sicilian village, the story depicts three stages in the life of Salvatore, who leaves his village on the advice of his mentor as a boy and returns home many years later as a prominent Roman movie director. He returns to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist and in so doing embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WW II when he became the unofficial son of the town projectionist. In the dark confines of the cramped theater, the townsfolk come to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy while Salvatore learns most of what he'll ever learn about love, loss and loyalty from his beloved mentor and his nights spent at Cinema Paradiso.

    Noviembre (November) - Spain
    Alfredo arrives in Madrid intent on creating ''a performance which is freer, straight from the heart, capable of making people feel alive''. His concept of what theater should be begins beyond the stage, out in the streets face to face with the public. Outdoors, in any town square, in a park or in the city´s most commercial street, Alfredo and his troupe NOVEMBER start the show: demons to provoke passers-by, displays of social conscience, actions taken to the extreme to put the forces of law and order on full alert. There are no limits, no censorship; only ideas which are always valid so long as the public ceases to be the public and becomes part of the show swept by surprise, fear, tears or laughter. 3 Nominations at the 2004 Goya Awards.

    Mar Adentro (Sea Inside) - Spain
    The film is based on the true story of Spanish quadriplegic, Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year battle to be allowed to die with dignity, something outlawed in his country. Crippled by a cliff dive as a young man, Ramon wishes he had died on the day of his accident. He lives with his religious brother, who tries to talk him out of his death wish; his nephew, an impatient teen who can''t always be bothered to help him; and his sister-in-law, who tends him like a mother. Although Ramón is bound to his bed, his force of personality and generous spirit draw others to him, including two very different women who vow to help him achieve his goal. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film 2005 at the Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Nominee for Golden Globe Best Actor. Winner of 14 Goyas in 2004 including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

    L' Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) - France
    Xavier, a young French economics student getting his first taste of the rest of Europe moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a group of other European collegiates, including guys from Italy, Denmark, and Germany and girls from England, Belgium and Andalusia. Together, the septet share a series of adventures which include some budding romances.

    Knoflíkáři (Buttoners) - Czech Republic
    Twist of fate and the twists of mind of the characters (mostly couples) combine in just the right twinkled absurd way in the interweaving episodes of this comedy. Each of the characters gets a good shot at being sarcastic and each is a sorry loser at some point yet none is turned into the butt of the joke. The place is Prague and the time is August 6th, 1995, except for one episode, set 50 years earlier in unflyable rain in the city of Kokura, Japan.

    Millions - United Kingdom
    A heartwarming story of two little boys, faith, miracles, and lots of money. Starting anew after the death of their mother, 9-year-old Anthony and 7-year-old Damien rely on practicality, imagination, and faith to make sense of their confusing world. Meanwhile, as Britain converts to the Euro, the criminal world seizes its biggest opportunity -- billions of sterling headed for the incinerator. When a railway heist goes wrong and a suitcase full of money falls out of the sky to land at Damien's feet, the boys set out on an adventure of a lifetime that leads them to realize that true wealth has nothing to do with money.

    other films i recommend: nikita, amelie, la vita e bella, malena, y tu mama tambien, amores perros, sin noticias de dios, el crimen del padre amaro and chungking express... teka isip pa ko.... hehe
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    *okay* MALENA *okay*

    one of my favorite movies of all time :bungi:


    a coming of age story of Renato, a young Italian boy who fell in love with a young wife whose husband was out to war...
    the boy was witness to Malena's hardships & how the war (& the cruel townfolks) changed their lives...
    heartbreaking scenes & a very heart-warming film...
    with the very beautiful and delicious :naughty: Monica Belucci in the title role...:D
  • here's my list

    + hable con ella (talk to her) - kapapanood ko lang last week
    + amores perros - my all time favorite
    + central station - my second all time favorite
  • 22mai22mai Australian Open 2020 Participant 🎾
    Napanood ko din ung Malena, may isa dun scene na nakakaawa sya, ung kinaladkad sya nung mga babae

    nookie try ko panoorin ung ibang movies na napanood mo, wanted to borrow THE SEA INSIDE last time pero LES CHORISTES ang hiniram ko.

    somuchmore I also liked TALK TO HER kaso may parts na dragging sya

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    Ung mga nalista ko kau na lang search, nahihirapan ako gumawa ng buod e :D. Ang NOT ONE LESS, malamng dito binase ang MGA MUNTING TINIG. Ang NOBODY KNOWS, tungkol sa apat na magkakapatid na iniwan ng nanay nila. Ung panganay ang nag alaga. Nung una, medyo ok pa sila hanggang sa na impuwensyahan ang panganay ng iba nyang kalaro, Napabayaan nya ang mga kapatid nya. Basta panoorin nyo to. Astig! Ang HAPPY TIMES naman, ay may halong comedy, di ka talaga aantukin sa pelikulang ito, gusto ko din ang ending nito.

    Other films pa pala,

    MONSOON WEDDING (India)
    DANCER IN THE DARK (Iceland)
    BILLY ELLIOT (Britain)
  • malena movie
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    22mai said:
    ASide from Hollywood mainstream movies, what foreign films you enjoyed/liked that you can recommend to other movie addicts. :D

    Here's my list

    Nobody Knows (Japan)
    Zatoichi, The Blind Swordman (Japan)
    Not One Less (China)
    Happy Times (China)
    Bad Education (Spain)
    Jan Dara (Thailand)
    Les Choristes (France)

    Next time na ung mga summary nila, mauubusan ako ng English :naughty:
    Because of Bad Education I made sure na me complete copy ako ng movies ni Pedro Almodovar. His last movie I have seen was La Piel Que Habito. Hopefully mapanood kona din lahat ng movies ni Gael Garcia Bernal. The lead in La Mala Educacion.
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    edited May 2018 #8
    Good morning to all! I thought I'll give my suggestions first before starting my day today. Descriptions were copied from Wikipedia. I'll give at least 30 so that's good for one month. Though some has been mentioned above. It will take me forever  if I am the one who will give the descriptions. But anyway guaranteed that you will enjoy the said films I am going to mention or I hope you do.

    1. Amores perros is a 2000 Mexican drama thriller film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo ArriagaAmores perros is the first installment in González Iñárritu's "Trilogy of Death", succeeded by 21 Grams and Babel.[4] It is an anthology film constructed as a triptych: it contains three distinct stories connected by a car accident in Mexico City. The stories centre on a teenager in the slums who gets involved in dogfighting; a model who seriously injures her leg; and a mysterious hitman. The stories are linked in various ways, including the presence of dogs in each of them. 

    2. Don't Tempt Me (SpanishBendito Infierno, also known as Sin noticias de Dios in Spanish and No News From God in English) is a 2001 Mexican and Spanish co-production comedy film. The screenplay for the film was written especially for Penélope Cruz and Victoria Abril by the award-winning Spanish writer and director Agustín Díaz Yanes of Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto.

    3. Y Tu Mamá También (English: And Your Mother Too)[2] is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos.

    The film tells a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who take a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. It stars Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and Spanish actress Maribel Verdú, in the leading roles. The film is part of the road movie genre, set in 1999 against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted 71-year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the rise of the opposition led by Vicente Fox.

    The film is recognized for its explicit depiction of sex and drug use, which caused complications in the film's rating certificate in various countries. In 2002, the film was released in English-speaking markets under its original Spanish title and opened in limited release within the United States. In Mexico, the film earned $2.2 million its first weekend in June 2001, making it the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history.[3] In 2003, the film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards as well as Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards in 2002.

    4. The Crime of Father Amaro, sometimes The Crime of Padre Amaro, (SpanishEl crimen del padre Amaro) is a 2002 Mexican-Spanish film directed by Carlos Carrera. It is very loosely based on the novel O Crime do Padre Amaro (1875) by 19th-century Portuguese writer José Maria de Eça de Queiroz. The film starred Gael García BernalAna Claudia Talancón and Sancho Gracia. It premiered on 16 August 2002 in Mexico City.

    When it was released, The Crime of Father Amaro caused a controversy on the part of Roman Catholic groups in Mexico who tried to stop the film from being screened. They failed, and the film became the biggest box office draw ever in the country, beating previous record holder, Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999).

    In the United States of America, this film also enjoyed commercial success; this film's United States distributor paid less than $1 million to acquire the film's North American distribution rights,[1][2][3][4] and the film went on to gross $5.7 million in limited theatrical release in the United States.[5]

    At the 75th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

    5. Bad Education (Spanish: La mala educación) is a 2004 Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Lluís Homar, the film focuses on two reunited childhood friends and lovers caught up in a stylised murder mystery. Along with metafictionsexual abuse by Catholic prieststranssexuality and drug use are also important themes and devices in the plot, which led the MPAA to give the film an NC-17 rating.

    The film was released on 19 March 2004 in Spain and 10 September 2004 in Mexico. It was also screened at many international film festivals such as Cannes, New York, Moscow and Toronto before its US release on November 19, 2004. The film received critical acclaim, and was seen as a return to Almodovar's dark stage, placing it alongside films such as Matador (1986) and Law of Desire (1987).

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    6 . Matador (1986)[edit]

    Almodóvar's growing success caught the attention of emerging Spanish film producer Andrés Vicente Gómez, who wanted to join forces to make his next film Matador (1986).[citation needed] The film centres on the relationship between a former bullfighter and a murderous female lawyer, who both find sexual fulfillment through acts of murder.[citation needed]

    Written together with Spanish novelist Jesús FerreroMatador drew away from the naturalism and humour of the director's previous work into a deeper and darker terrain.[citation needed]Almodóvar cast several of his regulars actors in key roles: Antonio Banderas was hired for the role of Ángel, a bullfighting student who, after an attempted ***** incident, falsely confesses to a series of murders that he did not commit; Julieta Serano appears as Ángel's very religious mother; while Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave, Verónica Forqué and Eusebio Poncela also appear in minor roles. Newcomers Nacho Martínez and Assumpta Serna, who would later work with Almodóvar again, had minor roles in the film. Matador also marked the first time Almodóvar included a notable cinematic reference, using King Vidor's Duel in the Sun in one scene.[citation needed]

    The film premiered in 1986 and drew some controversy due to its subject matter. Almodóvar justified his use of violence, explaining "The moral of all my films is to get to a stage of greater freedom". Almodóvar went on to note: "I have my own morality. And so do my films. If you see Matador through the perspective of traditional morality, it's a dangerous film because it's just a celebration of killing. Matador is like a legend. I don't try to be realistic; it's very abstract, so you don't feel identification with the things that are happening, but with the sensibility of this kind of romanticism".[36]

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    7. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)[edit]

    Almodóvar's first major critical and commercial success internationally came with the release of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). This feminist light comedy of rapid-fire dialogue and fast-paced action further established Almodóvar as a "women's director" in the same vein as George Cukor and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Almodóvar has said that women make better characters: "women are more spectacular as dramatic subjects, they have a greater range of registers, etc".[38]

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown centres on Pepa (Carmen Maura), a woman who been abruptly abandoned by her married boyfriend Iván (Fernando Guillén). Over two days, Pepa frantically tries to track him down. In the course, she discovers some of his secrets and realises her true feelings. Almodóvar included many of his usual actors, including Antonio Banderas, Chus Lampreave, Rossy de Palma, Kiti Mánver and Julieta Serrano as well as newcomer María Barranco.[citation needed]

    The film was released in Spain in March 1988, and became a hit in the US, making over $7 million when it was released later that same year,[39] bringing Almodóvar to the attention of American audiences. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown won five Goya Awards, Spain's top film honours, for Best FilmBest Original Screenplay, Best Editing (José Salcedo), Best Actress (Maura), and Best Supporting Actress (Barranco). The film won two awards at the European Film Awards as well as being nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes. It also gave Almodóvar his first Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.[40]

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    8. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990)[edit]

    Almodóvar's next film marked the end of the collaboration between him and Carmen Maura, and the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with Victoria AbrilTie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) tells the story about a recently released psychiatric patient, Ricky (Antonio Banderas), who kidnaps a ***** star, Marina (Abril), in order to make her fall in love with him.[citation needed]

    Rather than populate the film with many characters, as in his previous films, here the story focuses on the compelling relationship at its center: the actress and her kidnapper literally struggling for power and desperate for love. The film's title line Tie Me Up! is unexpectedly uttered by the actress as a genuine request. She does not know if she will try to escape or not, and when she realizes she has feelings for her captor, she prefers not to be given a chance. In spite of some dark elements, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! can be described as a romantic comedy, and the director's most clear love story, with a plot similar to William Wyler's thriller The Collector.[citation needed]

    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival to a polarized critical reaction. In the USA, the film received an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America(MPAA), and the stigma attached to the X rating marginalized the distribution of the film in the country. Miramax, who distributed the film in the US, filed a lawsuit against the MPAA over the X rating, but lost in court. However, in September 1990, the MPAA replaced the X rating with the NC-17 rating. This was helpful to films of explicit nature, like Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, that were previously categorized with pornography because of the X rating.[41]

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    9 . All About My Mother (1999)[edit]

    Almodóvar's next film, All About My Mother (1999), grew out of a brief scene in The Flower of My Secret. The premise revolves around a woman Manuela (Cecilia Roth), who loses her teenage son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín) in a tragic accident. Filled with grief, Manuela decides to track down Esteban's transgender father, Lola (Toni Cantó), and notify her about the death of the son she never knew she had. Along the way Manuela encounters an old friend, Agrado (Antonia San Juan), and meets up with a pregnant nun, Rosa (Penélope Cruz).

    The film revisited Almodóvar's familiar themes of the power of sisterhood and of family. Almodóvar shot parts of the film in Barcelona and used lush colors to emphasise the richness of the city. Dedicated to Bette DavisRomy Schneider and Gena RowlandsAll About My Mother is steeped in theatricality, from its backstage setting to its plot, modeled on the works of Federico García Lorca and Tennessee Williams, to the characters' preoccupation with modes of performance. Almodóvar inserts a number of references to American cinema. One of the film's key scenes, where Manuela watches her son die, was inspired by John Cassavetes' 1977 film Opening Night. The film's title is also a nod to All About Eve, which Manuela and her son are shown watching in the film. The comic relief of the film centers on Agrado, a pre-operative transsexual. In one scene, she tells the story of her body and its relationship to plastic surgery and silicone, culminating with a statement of her own philosophy: "you get to be more authentic the more you become like what you have dreamed of yourself".[42]

    All About My Mother opened at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where Almodóvar won both the Best Director and the Ecumenical Jury prizes.[43] The film garnered a strong critical reception and grossed over $67 million worldwide.[44] All About My Mother has accordingly received more awards and honours than any other film in the Spanish motion picture industry,[45] including Almodóvar's very first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Globe in the same category, the BAFTA Awards for Best Direction and Best Film Not in the English Language as well as 6 Goyas in his native Spain.[45]


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    10. Talk to Her (2002)[edit]

    After the success of All About My Mother, Almodóvar took a break from filmmaking to focus on his production company El Deseo.[citation needed] During this break, Almodóvar had an idea for Talk to Her (2002), a film about two men, played by Javier Cámara and Darío Grandinetti, who become friends while taking care of the comatose women they love, played by Leonor Watling and Rosario Flores. Combining elements of modern dance and silent filmmaking with a narrative that embraces coincidence and fate,[citation needed] in the film, Almodóvar plots the lives of his characters, thrown together by unimaginably bad luck, towards an unexpected conclusion.

    Talk to Her was released in April 2002 in Spain, followed by its international premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September of that year. It was hailed by critics and embraced by arthouse audiences, particularly in America.[46] The unanimous praise for Talk to Her resulted in Almodóvar winning his second Academy Award, this time for Best Original Screenplay, as well as being nominated in the Best Director category.[46] The film also won the César Award for Best Film from the European Union and both the BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[46] Talk to Her made over $51 million worldwide.[47]

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    11. Volver (Spanish pronunciation: [bolˈβer], meaning "to go back") is a 2006 Spanish drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Headed by actress Penélope Cruz, the film features an ensemble cast also starring Carmen MauraLola DueñasBlanca PortilloYohana Cobo, and Chus Lampreave. Revolving around an eccentric family of women from a wind-swept region south of Madrid, Cruz plays Raimunda, a working-class woman forced to go to great lengths to protect her 14-year-old daughter Paula. To top off the family crisis, her mother Irene comes back from the dead to tie up loose ends.


    12. Broken Embraces (Spanish: Los abrazos rotos) is a 2009 Spanish romantic thriller film written, produced, and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Led by an ensemble cast consisting of many Almodóvar regulars, it stars Lluís Homar as a blind Madrilenian screenwriter who recalls his tragic love for Lena, played by Penélope Cruz, the deceased lead actress in his last directional feature Girls and Suitcases, who was also the mistress of a powerful, obsessive businessman (José Luis Gómez). Blanca Portillo co-stars as his agent Judit, while Tamar Novas portrays her son and Caine's co-writer Diego.

    13. The Skin I Live In (Spanish: La piel que habito) is a 2011 Spanish psychological horror film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio BanderasElena AnayaMarisa ParedesJan Cornet, and Roberto Álamo. The Skin I Live In is based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, first published in French and then in English under the title Tarantula.[2][4]


    14. Oldboy (Hangul: 올드보이; RROldeuboiMROldŭboi) is a 2003 South Korean neo-noir action film[3] co-written and directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon TsuchiyaOldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

    The film follows the story of Oh Dae-su, who is imprisoned in a cell which resembles a hotel room for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls in love with an attractive young female sushi chef.


    15. Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル Batoru Rowaiaru) is a 2000 Japanese dystopian thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same nameby Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, written by his son Kenta, and stars Takeshi Kitano. The film follows a group of junior high schoolers forced to fight to the death by the Japanese government. The film drew controversy and was banned or excluded from distribution in several countries.[3][4]

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    16. Oldboy (Hangul: 올드보이; RROldeuboiMROldŭboi) is a 2003 South Korean neo-noir action film[3] co-written and directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon TsuchiyaOldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

    The film follows the story of Oh Dae-su, who is imprisoned in a cell which resembles a hotel room for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls in love with an attractive young female sushi chef.


    17. Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル Batoru Rowaiaru) is a 2000 Japanese dystopian thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same nameby Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, written by his son Kenta, and stars Takeshi Kitano. The film follows a group of junior high schoolers forced to fight to the death by the Japanese government. The film drew controversy and was banned or excluded from distribution in several countries.[3][4]


    18. Irréversible (French pronunciation: ​[iʁevɛʁsibl]) is a 2002 French art[5] psychological horror drama film, written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Monica BellucciVincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel. The film employs a reverse chronology and follows two men through the streets of Paris as they seek to avenge a brutally raped girlfriend. The film's soundtrack was composed by the electronic musician Thomas Bangalter, best known as half of the Daft Punk duo.


    19. The Apartment (FrenchL'Appartement) is a 1996 French film directed by Gilles Mimouni, and starring Vincent CasselRomane Bohringer and Monica Bellucci. Max (Vincent Cassel) is a former bohemian and an amateur writer who gets a job in New York and leaves his girlfriend Lisa, with whom he was madly in love, in mysterious circumstances. After two years, he returns home to Paris, and decides to settle down and gets engaged to Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain). By chance, he catches a glimpse of his lost love, Lisa (Monica Bellucci), in a café, but fails to make contact with her before she storms out. Determined to meet her, Max secretly cancels his business trip abroad to pursue his lost love. Through a series of ruses and perseverance, he enters Lisa's apartment. Hearing that somebody else has arrived, he hides in her wardrobe.


    20. Brotherhood of the Wolf (FrenchLe Pacte des loups) is a 2001 French historical action horror film[3][4] directed by Christophe Gans, co-written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, and starring Samuel Le BihanMark DacascosÉmilie DequenneMonica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

    The film is loosely based on a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and the famous legend of the Beast of Gévaudan; parts of the film were shot at Château de Roquetaillade. The film has several extended swashbuckling fight scenes, with martial arts performances by the cast mixed in, making it unusual for a historical drama.

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    21. La Haine (French pronunciation: ​[la ʔɛn]Hate) is a 1995 French black-and-white drama film written, co-edited, and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. It is commonly released under its French title in the English-speaking world, although its U.S. VHS release was titled Hate. It is about three young friends and their struggle to live in the banlieues of Paris. The title derives from a line spoken by one of them, Hubert, "La haine attire la haine!", "hatred breeds hatred."

    22. A Prophet (FrenchUn prophète) is a 2009 French prison drama-crime film directed by Jacques Audiard from a screenplay he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit. The film stars Tahar Rahim in the title role as an imprisoned petty criminal of Algerian origins who rises in the inmate hierarchy, becoming an assassin and drug trafficker as he initiates himself into the Corsican and then Muslim subcultures.

    23. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (FrenchÀ la folie... pas du tout) is a 2002 French psychological drama film directed by Lætitia Colombani. The film focuses on a Fine Arts student, played by Audrey Tautou, and a married cardiologist, played by Samuel Le Bihan, with whom she is dangerously obsessed. The film studies the condition of erotomania and is both an example of the nonlinear and "unreliable narrator" forms of storytelling.

    24. Love Me If You Dare (French title: Jeux d'enfants, lit. "Children's games") is a 2003 French-Belgian film directed by Yann Samuell. It stars Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. The film begins in Liège[3] in Belgium, where a little girl, Sophie, is being bullied by other children. Only a bus driver and a boy, Julien, help her collect her books that the others have thrown into a puddle.

    To cheer Sophie up, Julien gives her a small tin box, a gift from his fatally ill mother. Because it is important to him, he asks her to lend it back to him from time to time. As Julien wants the box back at the moment he gave it to her, Sophie demands proof of how important it is to him. Julien disengages the handbrake of the bus without hesitation, and the bus full of children rolls down a hill. Their game has begun: the box changes its owner after each completed dare.


    25. So Close is a 2002 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen and starring Shu QiZhao Wei and Karen Mok.

    The film's English title is derived from The Carpenters' song "Close to You", which has a prominent role in the film. Lynn and her sister Sue are computer hackers, assassins and espionage specialists who use their late father's secret satellite technology to gain an advantage over their rivals and law enforcement agents. At the beginning of the film, they infiltrate a high security building and assassinate Chow Lui, the chairman of a top company in China.

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    26. Absurdistan (Абсурдистан)
    Made in: Germany, filmed in Azerbaijan
    Language: I don't know, but the version I saw was dubbed in Russian
    Director: Veit Helmer
    Starring: Kristyna Malerova, Max Mauff, Nino Chkheidze
    Year: 2008

    Synopsis: In a small, isolated town in Azerbaijan (after the fall of the Soviet Union), young sweethearts Aya (Kristyna Malerova) and Temelko (Max Mauff) come of age.

    Aya's grandmother (Nino Chkheidze), who possesses astrological wisdom, reads the alignment of the stars and tells the youngsters that they have a five day window in which to consummate their romance.

    However, their plans go awry when the pipeline that feeds the small town's water supply is damaged. The men of the town, once historically well-known for their bravery, have become lazy and indifferent to the problem. Frustrated, the women band together and go on a sex strike in an effort to motivate the men to repair the pipe.

    This only exacerbates the problem as the sex-starved men go to great lengths to alleviate their needs (and prolong their laziness). Frightened by the prospect of losing his love, Temelko must find a solution within five days. 

    SOURCE: 

    Foreign films for you website. I am done watching at least 80% of movies the guy recommended. I think the owner of the blog is Chinese. I had been watching foreign films more than a decade now.

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    27. Adam's Apples (Adams æbler)
    Made in: Denmark
    Language: Danish
    Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
    Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Ole Thestrup, Ali Kazim, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen
    Year: 2005

    Synopsis: When neo-Nazi skinhead Adam Pedersen (Ulrich Thomsen) gets released from prison, he's sent to a small church in the Danish countryside to perform community service. Once there, he finds himself under the supervision of Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen - known for playing the villain in the 2006 James Bond filmCasino Royale ).

    As the church's eccentric minister, Ivan is also overseeing two other ex-cons, kleptomaniac Gunnar (Nicolas Bro) and amateur political terrorist Khalid (Ali Kazim), who's only accomplishments include robbing a few gas stations.

    Adam is given the task of caring for the apple tree on the church's front lawn, and soon experiences Ivan's insanely positive view of life. The minister, who behaves kindly enough, has a way of rationalizing all negativity in life with sunny, and sometimes, shallow reasoning.

    He "doesn't believe in evil" and explains away bad, even borderline psychopathic behavior, as "tests from the devil" and leaves it at that without confronting the issues any further.

    Is Ivan simply strong in his beliefs? Is he a compulsive liar? Or is he dangerously delusional?

    Poisoned by a life of hatred, Adam sets out to destroy Ivan's worldview and faith. But what results is a dark, turbulent, and unexpected journey of redemption for all. 


    SOURCE: 

    Foreign films for you website. I am done watching at least 80% of movies the guy recommended. I think the owner of the blog is Chinese. I had been watching foreign films more than a decade now.

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    28 . Departures (おくりびと)
    Made in: Japan
    Language: Japanese
    Director: Yojiro Takita
    Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kimiko Yo, Tetta Sugimoto, Takashi Sasano, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Toru Minegishi
    Year: 2008 - Won Academy Award for Best Foreigh Language Film in 2009

    Synopsis: Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a professional cellist for a skilled but failing orchestra. When the orchestra is finally disbanded, Daigo's dreams of being a musician are suddenly dashed. Without a steady income and now lacking direction, he and his cheery and dutiful wife, Mika (Ryoko Hirosue), relocate to Daigo's hometown of Sakata (located in the region of Yamagata).

    Settling in to the home left to him by his late mother, Daigo sets about desperately finding work and answers an ad for "assisting departures."

    Thinking it is a travel agency, Daigo applies, is interviewed, and hired on the spot by the small company's owner, Shoei Sasaki (Tsutomu Yamazaki). Sasaki is an elderly, soft-spoken man with a dry wit and quiet flair for the unpredictable.

    The agency, however, turns out to be a small company specializing in "encoffinment." In other words, the job calls for the ceremonial preparation of dead bodies before they are to be buried or cremated.

    The delicate, painstaking ceremony is always performed right in front of the families of the deceased, and with emotions running high, Mr. Sasaki and Daigo are subject to seeing the true colors of a variety of families. And since each family has its own dynamic, the emotional displays they witness range from horrifying, touching, to outright hilarious.

    At first, Daigo tries keeping his new job a secret from his wife and friends, since the taboo subject of death is sure to make him an outcast. But in time, the grim line of work forces him to come to terms with his own personal issues, his troubled past, and his relationship with his estranged father. 

    SOURCE: 

    Foreign films for you website. I am done watching at least 80% of movies the guy recommended. I think the owner of the blog is Chinese. I had been watching foreign films more than a decade now.

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    29. The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto)
    Made in: Spain
    Language: Spanish
    Director: Alex de la Iglesia
    Starring: Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Luis Varela, Enrique Villén, Kira Miró, Montse Mostaza, Fernando Tejero, Javier Gutiérrez
    Year: 2004

    Synopsis: In this outrageous comedy, Rafael González (Guillermo Toledo) is the best salesman in Madrid's largest department store. A smooth talker and sharp dresser, his "turf" is the women's clothing department. Also cocky, arrogant, and manipulative, he relishes single life and shamelessly sleeps with the gorgeous female members of his hand-picked staff.

    He's had his way with all of them, except one. Her name is Lourdes (Mónica Cervera), and not surprisingly, she's extremely plain.

    Rafael's goal is to be the store's floor manager, and the only other person standing in his way is "Don" Antonio Fraguas (Luis Varela). Antonio is a stuffy, older character who's in charge of the men's department. When the competition for the top spot gets fierce, Rafael accidentally kills Antonio during a brawl in one of the changing rooms.

    The only witness to the deed is Lourdes, who has had eyes for Rafael for about a decade. She agrees to help cover up for him only if he does a few "favors" in return. Months later, Lourdes blackmails Rafael into marrying her. Trapped in his worst nightmare (partly due to his own manipulative ways), Rafael experiences his own personal hell as he goes day to day living under Lourdes' thumb.

    When the police begin reinvestigating the death of Antonio, Rafael hatches an elaborate, harebrained scheme to exonerate himself and escape back into single life... 


    SOURCE: 

    Foreign films for you website. I am done watching at least 80% of movies the guy recommended. I think the owner of the blog is Chinese. I had been watching foreign films more than a decade now.

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    30. Headhunters (NorwegianHodejegerne) is a 2011 Norwegian action thriller film, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. The film was directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Aksel HennieNikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund. Hennie portrays the successful but insecure corporate recruiter Roger Brown who lives a double life as an art thief to fund his lavish lifestyle. He finds out that one of his job prospects is in possession of a valuable painting and sets out to steal it.
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