July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Foreign Language Films


Today's TTT topic is different kinds of stories, like movies or TV shows.
I'm going to go with Top Ten Favorite Foreign Language Films.  I know some people are scared of subtitles, but I am not one of them. A lot of amazing movies are made in other languages.  For example:

1. Amelie
Country: France


When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to return the items to their original owner, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts.



2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the whole Millennium Trilogy actually)
Country: Sweden


A journalist and a rebellious computer hacker team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's niece, only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger's powerful family in this adaptation of the bestseller by Stieg Larsson. (Believe me when I say these are SOOO much better than the American film.)



3. Water
Country: India


After losing her husband to illness, 8-year-old Chuyia (Sarala) is forced to live out the rest of her days in a temple for Hindu widows, communing with 14 other women and a cruel headmistress who agrees to take her in. But it's through the trials of another widow, a beautiful prostitute named Kalyani (Lisa Ray) who's being courted by a man from a higher caste (John Abraham), that Chuyia learns the true restrictions of widowhood.




4. City of God
Country: Brazil


Growing up in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Rocket is able to avoid being drawn into a life of drugs and crime by having a passion for photography. Through his eyes, the dramatic stories of several of the slum's colorful residents unfold.



5. Maria Full of Grace
Country: Colombia


Maria Alvarez is a smart, independent 17-year-old from Colombia who agrees to smuggle a half-kilo of heroin into the United States for a shot at a normal existence in "El Norte" -- where she imagines the city streets are paved with gold.




6. King of Devil's Island
Country: Norway


This gripping drama tells the true story of the uprising at the notorious Bastoy Boys Home correctional facility on a Norwegian island. When a new boy arrives, he inspires the inmates to rise up against the daily brutal treatment they experience.



7. Aftershock
Country: China


A mother forced to make a devastating choice saves the life of her son and leaves his twin sister, Fang Deng, to die in the rubble of China's 1976 earthquake. This epic follows Fang Deng's struggles to rebuild her life after surviving the trauma.




8. A Very Long Engagement
Country: France


Amelie's Audrey Tautou stars as Mathilde, a young Frenchwoman who vows to find out what happened to her missing fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) during World War I. He appears to have died after a court-martial, but she needs to know for sure. As she looks for the truth, she discovers unexpected things about herself and the people she meets along the way. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs this foreign-language adaptation of Sebastien Japrisot's novel.



9. Life is Beautiful
Country: Italy


A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.



10. Lore
Country: Australia & Germany


After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amid the chaos, she encounters a mysterious refugee named Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire.



(Movie descriptions via Netflix)

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