Thursday Movie Picks

Thursday Movie Picks: Non-English Language Movies

Thursday Movie Picks

It’s that time of the year again, where I have to shake up my brain and remember all the non-English films I have seen. Turns out, since these past few years I haven’t had the pleasure to mention them, I have a few French movies to recommend.

1. AMOUR (2012)Β 

Pretty sure I saw this Michael Haneke film in the cinema, and was struggling to hold back my emotions. I definitely cried a lot. This simple and quiet film has so much power and emotion. It’s about a retired couple, one of whom suffers a stroke and their entire life is changed. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s even more so because it feels so brutally real and it could happen to all of us.

2. UNTOUCHABLE (2011)

This film made me cry a little but it also made me laugh. It’s a heartwarming story of an unlikely man becoming a caretaker, and it’s brilliant. The concept is simple, but the chemistry between the two main characters is what makes this movie special. It also has a lot more re-watchability over Amour. But that’s because it’s not as sad and depressing, and more light and happy.

3. TOMBOY (2011)

This is the movie I remember surprised me the most. Keep in mind, this came out 7 years ago, when sexual identity wasn’t yet a topic as widely discussed. And because it explored it through a character so young, it made it so much more empowering. Its theme is very current, and I only have fond memories of the leading performance.

PS: The movie doesn’t shy away from showing the main character topless, which out of context may sound a bit shocking. But honestly, it didn’t even cross my mind before I rewatched the trailer.


Β THIS SERIES IS CREATED BYΒ WANDERING THROUGH THE SHELVES

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8 Comments

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    Sonia (A Film A Day)
    August 16, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Amour was so moving and heartbreaking! Untouchable was, like you said, heartwarming and really worked because of the chemistry between the two leads.

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      MettelRay
      August 20, 2018 at 12:34 AM

      It was moving. For some reason it connected with me so well.

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    thevoid99
    August 17, 2018 at 12:48 AM

    I’ve only seen Amour since it’s a film from Michael Haneke that I just love while I haven’t seen the other 2 films but I think they’re in my watchlist.

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      MettelRay
      August 20, 2018 at 12:35 AM

      I think I have wanted to watch his other movies, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I’ve seen like 20 minutes of Funny Games too.

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    Brittani
    August 17, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    I’ve seen all three, I hated Amour so much lol. But I enjoyed the other two, I’m glad to see Tomboy get a little love! The Intouchables I thought was going to be like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly so i was pleasantly surprised when it was really light and kind of funny.

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      MettelRay
      August 20, 2018 at 12:35 AM

      Oh, what did you disliked about Amour!? πŸ˜€

      Tomboy is the kind of movie that you always remember. It was the first one I recalled for this list.

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    Elina Kukk
    August 23, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    Untouchable was such a fantastic film!! I think my fave foreign film is The Hunt, that terrifying Danish film. Haunts me still.

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    Wandering through the Shelves
    August 23, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    The Intouchables is the only one I’ve seen. Don’t think I can watch Amour, sounds a little too sad for me.

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