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10 Foreign Films You Need to Watch Now

January 20th, 2017

image: kira noble for bird is the word

I owe most of my foreign film viewing to my boyfriend, who’s a certified cinephile. These days we’re on a steady diet of new foreign flicks thanks to Netflix and great local cinemas like The Violet Crown and Alamo Drafthouse. Why are we so hooked? Because we’ve found that films made in foreign countries are more likely to surprise us, show us something new, or treat a story in a different way than we’re used to. Even better, foreign movies often give us a peek into the culture and values of different places around the world. (And as a result, a different vantage point of ourselves.)

Scroll down for our team’s quick list of favorite foreign films:

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Do you have a favorite foreign film to add to our list?

  1. Les Amours Imaginaires is one of my very favorite films. That house party scene is unforgettable.


  2. Rachael says:

    Oh I will definitely have to give these a watch, I love a foreign film 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  3. daeyz says:

    Love Me If You Dare is one of my favorite movies! Love the list!


  4. Amy says:

    Oooh I’d love to add Les Choristes to the list! It is about a failed musician who gets a teaching job at a school for troubled boys in post-war France. One of my favorite films of all time! Honestly just the trailer itself is so lovely.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Les Choristes sounds amazing, Amy! Thank for the recommendation. Putting that one on my “must watch” list.

  5. I also highly recommend “Worlds Apart” is a Greek movie with an international cast! I’m pretty sure Amazon has it!! Would love to hear what you think!!

  6. Lily says:

    Very interesting list. I will try to see some of them. Thanks for sharing. I would like to recommend ” The Salesman” from Asghar Farhadi, Oscar and Golden Globe winner for ” A Separation” and also a candidate for this year’s Oscar as well.

  7. Kelly says:

    Great list! I will look for those! Thanks!

  8. keith says:

    The movie is trance-like and beautiful, and at the same time shines an intense light

  9. Olivia says:

    Les Amours Imaginaires is amazing! Of course, it’s a Canadian film, so only partly ‘foreign’ 🙂 A really superb Chinese director worth seeking out is Wong Kar-Wai – in particular, his films Chungking Express (my personal favourite) and In The Mood For Love (a masterpiece).

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Ah yes! Thank you for this comment Olivia. I completely forgot that they are in Montreal! I will update that caption to specify that it is a Canadian film. Thanks for the Wong Kar-Wai recommendation. I will definitely be looking into those films.

  10. Kathleen says:

    MUBI is an amazing movie site that is really inexpensive and offers a new film every day. All art house movies, foreign, award winners and very notable directors, etc.

  11. Zofia says:

    Amazing post! The ‘Handmaiden’ is actually set in Japan-controlled Korea. Wonderfully tense film.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Ah! Another mistake. Thank you Zofia for that correction. Updating the caption for that film now! And agreed, it’s a fantastic film with SO much tension. I hope to watch it again soon.

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