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    Default Favorite non-English language movie?

    Most conversations here involve movies made in the English language. Do you happen to have one or more favorite movies that are in another language other than English? While I have many contenders, my number one by a long way is 1950's "Ordet". The imagery, message, pacing, and uniqueness I found unforgettable and opinion-changing.

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    Nice query. I am certain that there are many here with broader and deeper experience in the non-English film world than I. It has always been, for me, the films that touched my heart that I've remembered the most. Along those lines, I would then have to pick Babette's Feast, a Danish film from 1987, as a high point.
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    I really enjoyed El Libro de Piedra, a Mexican horror film from 1969. There was a remake of the film in 2009, but I haven’t seen it. Cinema Paradiso from 1988 is a beautiful movie.

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    I haven’t watched very many , but one that I have downloaded is 'Paris je t'aime' Not normally the kind of movie I’m into , but this one I found strangely attractive.

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    Too many to choose from. Favourite so far this year: Petite Maman.

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    Tampopo. It is funny and weird and touching. A “noodle Western”, one could say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fqgouvea View Post
    Tampopo. It is funny and weird and touching. A “noodle Western”, one could say.
    But of course there are many other good ones. I liked “Babette’s Feast” a lot. Both “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources” were worth watching.

    This from someone who rarely watches any movies…

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    Both “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources” were worth watching.
    Favouites of mine, too.

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    A Town Called Panic is one of my favorite movies, ever. Panique Au Village is the original French title.

    it's animated with action-figure looking characters and is scream-laugh funny.

    so good I'll show it to kids who don't speak french or read anything yet and they can't look away. avoid any english-dubbed versions, the original voice acting is half the charm.

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    A trio of foreign language films stand out. First and maybe the most lasting was Orfeu Negro. I saw it in 1959 as a young high school junior. It was one of the films our English teacher took the boarders in town to see. Before Orfeu Negro it had been Wild Strawberries and somewhat later The Virgin Spring. As a group they were awakening experiences for a young man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    A trio of foreign language films stand out. First and maybe the most lasting was Orfeu Negro. I saw it in 1959 as a young high school junior. It was one of the films our English teacher took the borders in town to see. Before Orfeu Negro it had been Wild Strawberries and somewhat later The Virgin Spring. As a group they were awakening experiences for a young man.
    While all three are great, I loved "Orfeu Negro", jar.

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    There are films that mark us for life, either positively or negatively.
    But to mention only one film it's impossible.
    And then with maturity our taste changes.

    I loved Autumn Sonata and Fanny and Alexander (the movie not the TV version). Two intense Bergman films, I'm not sure, I can watch again.
    There are too many French films to list, The Great Illusion, and almost anything written by the Bacri/ Jaoui team. (A taste of others, Family affair, Same old song), The Fanny Trilogy.

    I'll stop here as the list is long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    There are films that mark us for life, either positively or negatively.
    But to mention only one film it's impossible.
    And then with maturity our taste changes.

    I loved Autumn Sonata and Fanny and Alexander (the movie not the TV version). Two intense Bergman films, I'm not sure, I can watch again.
    There are too many French films to list, The Great Illusion, and almost anything written by the Bacri/ Jaoui team. (A taste of others, Family affair, Same old song), The Fanny Trilogy.

    I'll stop here as the list is long...
    Here, it's called "The Grand Illusion"... and it's great. I know there's mountains of great movies in many languages, just so few non-English ones get mentioned here. I'm not sure why, but somehow "Ordet" rise above them all for me.

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    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    There are films that mark us for life, either positively or negatively.
    But to mention only one film it's impossible.
    And then with maturity our taste changes.

    I loved Autumn Sonata and Fanny and Alexander (the movie not the TV version). Two intense Bergman films, I'm not sure, I can watch again.
    There are too many French films to list, The Great Illusion, and almost anything written by the Bacri/ Jaoui team. (A taste of others, Family affair, Same old song), The Fanny Trilogy.

    I'll stop here as the list is long...
    Here, it's called "The Grand Illusion"... and it's great. I know there's mountains of great movies in many languages, just so few non-English ones get mentioned here. I'm not sure why, but somehow "Ordet" rise above them all for me.

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    I remember seeing his Passion of Joan of arc. . One of the most memorable films I ever saw.... powerful..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    There are films that mark us for life, either positively or negatively.
    But to mention only one film it's impossible.
    And then with maturity our taste changes.

    I loved Autumn Sonata and Fanny and Alexander (the movie not the TV version). Two intense Bergman films, I'm not sure, I can watch again.
    There are too many French films to list, The Great Illusion, and almost anything written by the Bacri/ Jaoui team. (A taste of others, Family affair, Same old song), The Fanny Trilogy.

    I'll stop here as the list is long...
    Here, it's called "The Grand Illusion"... and it's great. I know there's mountains of great movies in many languages, just so few non-English ones get mentioned here. I'm not sure why, but somehow "Ordet" rise above them all for me.

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    I remember seeing his Passion of Joan of arc. . One of the most memorable films I ever saw.... powerful..
    The cinematography in JoA was so amazing.

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    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
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    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    I remember seeing his Passion of Joan of arc. . One of the most memorable films I ever saw.... powerful..
    Ah, yes... some of the arch over-acting of the period, but the actress who portrayed Joan was intensely affecting. I will have to find Grand Illusion / Ordet.

    While on French cinema, I don't know that this belongs in the pantheons of great films but I recently saw one I had been meaning to for ages: "City of Lost Children". Very well done, certainly in imagery and a couple of the main characters. Also a bonus to find the music by Angelo Badalamenti.
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    Favorite non-english-language movie?

    …too many great movies to mention them all. Just one that I recently watched again:

    LA GRANDE BELLEZZA by Paolo Sorrentino
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