Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday Top Threes: Foreign films

J: What are your top three favorite foreign-language films?

The Classic
(Korean, 2003) - Really cute story about girl reading love letters between her mom and her mom's first love. Only confusing thing is the same actress plays the mom and the daughter. A happy ending, of course. :)
(French, 1992) - Saw this for the first time in high school French class. It's about colonial French Indochina and Catherine Deneuve stars in it. It's a crazy epic kind of story that I enjoyed in the same way I love Les Miserables.
(French, 2001) - I think the first time I watched this movie I was simply really confused. I thought Audrey Tautou looked odd rather than gorgeous. However, on subsequent watchings I grew to love the quirkiness of the storytelling style and the characters; I started to notice the little connections being made throughout the movie; and the shipper in me grew to really appreciate the beauty of the relationship being built in the movie.

Jennifer: There are many classics I haven't seen...all of these are relatively recent.
Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish, 2006) - Unique and scary and beautiful all at the same time. One of the most imaginative original films I've ever seen...I now want to rewatch it!
Run Lola Run (German, 1998) - Just FUN. Loved the punky look and feel and techno soundtrack.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (French, 2007) - The true story behind the film (and the book it's based on) is remarkable on its own: Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor of French Elle when he suffered a stroke and awoke from his coma with locked-in syndrome, a condition where his body is completely paralyzed except for the eyes but his mind is awake and active. Thanks to some very patient nurses and assistants, he manages to write a book by blinking. It's a story that could have easily become overly sentimental translated to the screen but the film avoids this and is instead moving and fascinating and quite beautiful.


burkie said...

1) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese, 2000) - i have to list it first because it's the one i've watched most. it's beautiful to watch, and fun, and a great love love story. two love stories, really, but one of them is great.

2) Life Is Beautiful (Italian, 1997) - a movie that i can't bring myself to watch very often. as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. a really great film.

3) Terror Taxi (Korean, 2000) - i'm kidding!!! :)

real #3) Like Water For Chocolate (Spanish, 1992) - before there was Chocolat, there was Like Water For Chocolate. another beautiful film, about love and the magic of chocolate. i don't remember a lot of the details, but i remember being somewhat distracted because the lead actress looked like a mexican marcia brady. ((in all honesty, it probably isn't #3, but i didn't want to choose another chinese film and mira already said Amelie, which i also enjoyed very much.)

as for one of your choices, jenn, well...i've decided that we can still be friends :)

Jennifer said...

Oh, which choice?

burkie said...

i seem to be in the minority on this one. yeah, i have issues :)