There are so many innovative and thought-provoking films out at the moment, especially in awards season, that I felt inspired to put something up. In my Line(s) of the Day, my film quotes usually come from a Hollywood film, but there are a wondrous array of films outside the English language covering all genres and eras. I’m always keen to hear the thoughts and opinions of others and find out about films I may not otherwise see.
In that spirit, I’ve decided to create ‘Foreign Favourites’ and invite anyone interested to select a film of their choice and write a review to share on here. It can be film you’ve seen once, countless or been meaning to check it out for ages. It would be great to have you contribute and explore a genre that is often overlooked. As I know how busy you all are and to keep it fair, there originally was a limit of one per person, but I’ve since removed it. If you have one you plan to do, let me know here as soon as you’ve made your choice and I will put you down for it.
Only a few rules:
– By foreign films, I do mean one that is in a non-English language for the majority of the film.
– The style is your own but please include a brief plot synopsis of the film and an overall rating.
– You can’t have reviewed it before.
– Not everyone will have seen the film so no spoilers please.
Any questions feel free to ask. Hope to hear from you soon.
FILMS TO REVIEW (so far):
Alexraphael – Le Dîner de Cons Read here
Beetly Pete – Closely watched Trains Read here
Cindy Bruchman – Nowhere in Africa Read here
Cindy Bruchman – The White Ribbon Read here
Dell on Movies – Stranger by the Lake Read here
Dohabitation – Battle Royale Read here
Film Grimoire – Vivre Sa Vie Read here
Filmnerdblog – Lady Vengeance Read here
J James – M Read here
Movierob – Hearat Shulayim Read here
Oh! That film Blog – Volver Read here
RobinsRealm Blog – Lilya 4-Ever Read here
Silver Screen Serenade – Jagten Read here
That Moment In – The Chaser Read here
Thefilmculb – Le Concert Read here
The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger – La Haine Read Here
Where the Wild Things Are – The Lives of Others Read here
I’m not entirely certain which flick to do, but I’ll definitely do one.
Does the ‘I can’t have reviewed it before’ restriction count if I put it on my Top Ten list for Zoe’s blog? I wrote a paragraph explaining its inclusion on my list, but not a full review.
No worries at all. Would be great to have you included. Just didn’t want a cut and paste because it wouldn’t be in the spirit of the series.
Nevermind on that earlier question. I was about to watch M for the first time anyway. Now I have. I’ll review that one for this series.
Will have the review to you by the end of the week.
Very nice choice. Superb film.
It really is. Not quite perfect, but not far off either. Plus, it has aged very well.
Haven’t seen it in about 5 years so will be very interested
I will watch something new just for you. Not sure what yet. Is there a deadline?
I was thinking Sunday 16 of March.
I better get on that then since I’m in South Africa for most of March.
I look forward to your entry
I think it’s probably going to be The Lives of Others.
Cool. If you change film let me know
Gasp! You thief! I was considering doing this very same series! That’s the problem with great minds, my friend. 😉 I’d love to! I’ll start looking into which one I should do!
I take that as a huge compliment 🙂 Really curious which one you’ll choose.
Hmm…I’ll consider it 🙂
What will help sway you? Really be cool to see your entry.
I would like to watch an adventurous film or romantic one. I just don’t know what to watch.
How about Amelie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Cinema Paradiso or (the animated) Spirited Away?
This sounds like a lot of fun and I’d love to participate! I’ve been looking for a reason to watch Vivre Sa Vie for a long time, so this is the perfect opportunity! 🙂
I may be up for this but can’t commit to anything at the moment. I’ll get my March blogathon out of the way then I’ll be back & see who’s done what already. I love a lot of foreign films. (And of course did a top ten once. Lol). This will be a great blogathon! Can’t wait to see the entries. : )
It would be great if you could, but no worries if you can’t. I know you have a lot on. Thanks for the kind words 🙂
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Count me in! There are so many films. I’m thinking Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Vampyr” maybe!
Cool. Very interested to see.
You want us to recommend a foreign language film and to enclose our review and imdb rating of it?? in here? Can it be a movie from early 80’s?
Can be from any decade. Would be great for you to be involved.
So, to make things clear. I submit a possible review here in the comments section? I am not planning on doing a post however. Is there a due date?
It’s easier to send the comments to my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then I can add pictures and put a better layout. The deadline at the moment is Sunday 16 March.
Hmmm, Ok. I’ll see if I can do that…
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This is a great idea! I’d love to get involved. Would you be interested in a review of Radu Mihaileanu’s Le Concert? (French, Russian)
Would be honoured if you join 🙂 I’m not familiar with the film so am very intrigued to see your review.
Thanks! I’ve got a couple of other reviews in the pipeline, but I’ll try and write it up as soon as possible. I hope it lives up to your intrigue!
Sure it will 🙂 I’ve committed to a few too, need to try and catch up this weekend.
This looks fun, I could write something for Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Volver’ if you’re interested? 🙂
I’ll put you down for it 🙂
Great, I’ll get it to you ASAP!
Thanks for adding me on! Though I gotta tell you you’ve got my blog name wrong in the post! 😉
Corrected (bows head in shame).
Can I do – Footnote (2010)?
You’re in 🙂
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Okay, I’ve had a think and I’d like to re-watch Lady Vengeance, so can you pencil me in for that please?
Ok, I watched it yesterday and have written it up now. How do I send it to you?
Great 🙂 Send it to my email email@example.com. You can let me know if you want any specific pictures up or in any order.
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I would love to do this one, but I have reviewed the one I had in mind for my blog already… maybe you should prescribe me a movie and I will get on it!
Sure. Here are a few you might like.
Waltz with Bashir
Life is Beautiful
Awesome! Let me see what I can get my hands on!
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Could you put me down for Pan’s Labyrinth? It’s one of my favorite foreign films and I haven’t seen in a while. So, I think I’ll review this one 🙂
Incredible film. Know you will do a great job 🙂
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I still want to do this, Alex. Haven’t forgotten about it. I have one I’m going to review soon that I didn’t much care for. Is this okay, or should I hold out for something I like?
You don’t have to care it for it, no. Really interested in what you have to say on whichever film you choose.
Cool. I’ll send it over to you soon as I get it typed up.
Hey, Alex. I’ve got it ready to go. What email address should I send it to?
Awesome. Can’t wait to read it. Alizarinfalls@gmail.com
Just sent it over!
Shall be ready for tomorrow 🙂
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The majority of my DVD collection is foreign cinema and I have loads to watch still; Memories of Murder, Ichi The Killer, Black Orpheus, Belle De Jour, Milk of Sorrow, Norwegian Wood, Incedies…. the list goes on. I must have about 50-60 unwatched foreign DVDs.
I’ll happily review one and send it your way.
I’m just putting one up for the series now. Any of those films sound good if you are still interested. Sorry, I don’t know how I missed your comment first time around.
No qualms. How do you want me to submit it?
Send it to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Can it be one I’ve already reviewed? Or one exclusively for this?
One exclusively for this
Sorted. I’ll get one over to you soon.
In the interim, I made this as a sub-genre page to categorise what I’d written so far. Feel free to have a glance; http://movieblort.com/world-cinema-2/
Thanks for the link. That’s some collection!
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