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Foreign Movies - Really Good, Actually  
User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

I've just seen two great foreign (Independent) movies;

One, directed by a Swedish guy, and set in the former Soviet Union is absolutely amazing. It's called "Lilja 4-ever" about a 16 year-old girl who gets seduced by this smooth-talking twenty-something guy into starting a new (much better) life in Sweden.

In fact, she ends up being forced into prostitution instead. Having left her best friend behind, she becomes lonely, disillusioned and eventually loses the will to live, and later jumps off a bridge. Immensely sad, but if you can, you should definitely try to see it.

Link to the movie - please see the trailer...it's very brief, but do still have a look http://www.trust-film.dk/off_vis_film.asp?id=58

Another is "Dragonflies" from Norway http://www.trust-film.dk/off_vis_film.asp?id=19 (click to find trailer).

An unlikely couple's life is changed when an old friend, fresh out of jail, comes to pay a visit....it's very, errr, Scandinavian, but you should check it out.

Have you seen any indies lately?

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User currently offlineFlyGirl757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

There is this Polish director who did a series of films based on the Colors of the French Flag....Blue, Red and White.

I have only seen the first film, Blue...but it is REALLY beautiful. It's in French, but honestly you don't even need to know the language to understand. It was WELL directed, acted and the cinematography is AMAZING.

I also loved, "LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL" I am sure many have seen that, it was a great film.  Smile

User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Krzysztof Kieslowski?
Three Colours White is one of my favourite films. The ending is excellent.

Whilst we're in that vein - maybe Luc Besson?

Cunning linguist
User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6033 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

you managed to mention Norway & Sweden, but completely left out Denmark!  Laugh out loud

And that is despite having one of the worlds most excentric directors (ok, Woody Allen beats him), Lars von Trier. He just did Dogville, he's previously done Breaking the Waves, Dance in the Dark, The Kingdom and a few other interesting films, and he is almost always nominated for a Palme d'Or in Cannes.

I would recommend the following Danish movies: Dogville, Breaking the Waves, The Kingdom (actually, this is a series, but there's only 4 and they're linked together like a movie).

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Hey man, no offence. You see, I'm a newbie to all this Indie stuff, so I won't yet have come across some of those films and directors that yourself and Mr. Bob mentioned above.

He just did Dogville

Another politically contentious movie? Gotta see it.....I read an article and have seen a photo of Kidman during the filming. I'll definitely keep an eye open.

Fortunately for me, Britain has a pretty good variety of Foreign Films constantly being released.

I've recently also seen "Historias Minimas" (Argentina) and "The Man without a Past" (Finland). Both quite similar - melancholic undertone, but still highly amusing throughout.

User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6033 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Just kidding - it's just due to a friendly rvalry between Denmark, Sweden & Norway going on all the time  Smile So when the 2 are mention, it's my duty to mention the third Big grin

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8171 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1938 times:

Amelie is a revelation, check it out. Also from France, the incomparable Francois Truffaut, director, producer, screenwriter (in his only American acting role, he played the French scientist in Close Encounters, bizarrely enough). Most countries have a vibrant cinema, Australia only has 18m people but they're probably as big as Britain in the film industry, probably bigger. Muriel's Wedding, Moulin Rouge is awesome. Even Lebanon (3m people) produced a fantastic film called West Beirut, set at the beginning of the Lebanese war, with these kids who find it's more like an adventure than the nightmare it is for their parents. It was made by Quintin Tarrentino's Lebanese director of photography. I saw it the other night and it really rocked.

Also, I like foreign films from America - Network, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver et al.

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User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11766 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

I have not gotten around to checking out the upcoming foreign/indie films coming to Portland. The last one I saw was Russian Ark-I saw that 3 times and will see it again and again! The final part when the ball is finished is amazing!


Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3129 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1866 times:
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I highly recommend Werner Herzog's "Aguirre, The Wrath of God" and the French classic "Les Enfants du Paradis."

Or if you're of the more twitchy persuasion, "Run, Lola, Run."

User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 1887 times:

Immensely sad, but if you can, you should definitely try to see it.

Particularly sad because this shit is happening everyday. Very often do i read about young girls taken to sweden from russia or somewhere else in the east to be used as prostitutes and sex slaves here. The pimps in charge for this are sub-human to me. It's sickening what some people will do for money.

User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6033 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days ago) and read 1867 times:

Lindy Field,
funny you should mention "Run, Lola, Run" - I have it on DVD, and I love it. Well, I love the music, but the story is funny too  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Foreign movies are a lot better in general than Dutch movies...

Though that says more about the Dutch movies than it does about foreign ones I'm afraid.

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