7 Foreign Films to See Before the 2012 Oscars

The FreeStyle Life brings you 7 foreign films you will want to watch before the 2012 Oscars.
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1.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ A Separation
An Iranian marriage is strained when a father struggles to choose whether to leave the country to better the life of his child, or to stay and care for his ailing father. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
2.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
“ Footnote
Historic rivalries are commonplace within Hebrew University’s world-renowned Talmud Department, even ones between father and son. When a father wins the Israel Prize, the most prized honor in Israel, his son (and fellow professor) must choose between advancing his father’s career or sabotaging it. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
3.
The Flowers of War (2011)
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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ The Flowers of War
During Japan's infamous Nanjing Massacre, an American (Christian Bale) must pose as a priest in a nearby church to protect a group of female refugees. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
4.
Declaration of War (2011)
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When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival. (100 mins.)
“ Declaration of War
Based on the true story of Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim, who wrote, directed and star in Declaration of War, a young couple struggles to stay together after their child is diagnosed with cancer. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
5.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Le Havre
In this deadpan comedy from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki, an elderly man who is down on his luck takes in a young African illegal immigrant trying to make his way to England in a cargo shipping container. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
6.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
“ Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
In Turkey, a group of men search for a dead body buried in the Anatolian steppes. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
7.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
“ In Darkness
Based on a true story, in the city of Lvov, sewage worker and part time burglar Leopold Socha agrees to shelter a group of Jewish refugees in Nazi-occupied Poland. However, what starts off as a cold business arrangement, gradually evolves into something much deeper. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus