Top Foreign Language Films of 2012

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1.
Snow White (2012)
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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. (104 mins.)
Director: Pablo Berger
 
2.
In the House (2012)
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A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family. (105 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
3.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
4.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
5.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
6.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
7.
Two Rabbits (2012)
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In São Paulo, the scheme of the corrupt DA Júlia and her mate, the lawyer Henrique with the gangster... (101 mins.)
Director: Afonso Poyart
 
8.
Tabu (2012)
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa. (118 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
 
9.
Cine Holliúdy (2012)
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The massive arrival of television in the country side of Brazil, in the '70s, puts in jeopardy the small movie theaters businesses... (91 mins.)
Director: Halder Gomes
 
10.
War Witch (2012)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
 
11.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
13.
Lore (2012)
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As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate. (109 mins.)
Director: Cate Shortland
 
14.
Our Children (2012)
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Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children... (111 mins.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
 
15.
Housemaids (2012 Documentary)
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Seven adolescents take on the mission of filming their family housemaids for one week and hand over the footage to the director to make a film. (76 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Mascaro
 
16.
Paradise: Faith (2012)
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A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her faith. (115 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
17.
Once Upon a Time Veronica (2012)
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A woman tries to make a life for herself in a violent Brazilian city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
 
18.
Paradise: Love (2012)
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Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business. (120 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
19.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
 
20.
Haute Cuisine (2012)
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The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand. (95 mins.)
 
21.
Corda Bamba, historia de uma menina equilibrista (2012)
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Maria,10, was born and raised at a small circus. She's suddenly forced to live at the city with a rich grandmother that she barely knows... (80 mins.)
 
22.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
 
23.
Artificial Paradises (2012)
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Two girlfriends visit a big Brazilian beach festival and decide to just let go. They enjoy the music, booze, drugs and on one steamy afternoon even each other. They also meet a young man and things can't be better. Can this paradise last? (96 mins.)
Director: Marcos Prado
 
24.
Kauwboy (2012)
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A young boy and his father have a difficult relationship, but are trying to reach each other. They need a catalyst to make that happen. (81 mins.)
Director: Boudewijn Koole
 
25.
Kings & Rats (2012)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Mauro Lima
 
26.
Xingu (2011)
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In the '40s, three brothers decide to live a great adventure and enlisting in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition... (102 mins.)
Director: Cao Hamburger
 
27.
Farewell, My Queen (2012)
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A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution. (100 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
 
28.
7 Boxes (2012)
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Víctor receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content through the Market Number 4 but things get complicated along the way. (105 mins.)
 
29.
Love Is All You Need (2012)
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A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife. (116 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
30.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
31.
Did You... Score? (2012)
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The real first comedy about love. (104 mins.)
Director: Felipe Joffily
 
32.
Rust and Bone (2012)
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
33.
Beyond the Hills (2012)
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The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany. (150 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu
 
34.
A Lady in Paris (2012)
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Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris and care for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago... (94 mins.)
Director: Ilmar Raag
 
35.
Tropicália (2012 Documentary)
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Set against the turbulent atmosphere of the 1960s, Tropicália is a feature length documentary exploring... (87 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Machado
 
36.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
 
37.
My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)
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My Sweet Orange Tree begins with José Mauro de Vasconcelos (Caco Ciocler) receiving an edition of his finished novel... (99 mins.)
 
38.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
 
39.
Southwest (2012)
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In a Brazilian coastal village where everything seems motionless, Clarice grasps her life in a single day... (128 mins.)
Director: Eduardo Nunes
 
40.
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
 
41.
They Will Return (2012)
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Cris, aged 12, and her older brother are left at the side of the road by their parents. Very quickly... (100 mins.)
 
42.
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
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The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. (80 mins.)
 
43.
O Fim do Filme (2012 Short Film)
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Director: André Dib
 
44.
After Lucia (2012)
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Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
 
45.
Populaire (2012)
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1958. Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world. (111 mins.)
Director: Régis Roinsard
 
46.
Along the Way (2012)
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To escape past traumas, a truck driver John decides to leave his hometown behind and travel cross the country... (102 mins.)
Director: Breno Silveira
 
47.
Father's Chair (2012)
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A man who has put his career ahead of everything else in life learns the value of family when his son goes missing. (96 mins.)
Director: Luciano Moura
 
48.
Something in the Air (2012)
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In the months after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning. (122 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
49.
The Man Who Laughs (2012)
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A proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690. (95 mins.)
 
50.
Paris-Manhattan (2012)
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A romantic comedy centered on a Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist and her would-be lover. (77 mins.)
 
51.
Me and You (2012)
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An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement. (103 mins.)
 
52.
A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
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An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Ole Gerster
 
53.
Caesar Must Die (2012)
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Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." (77 mins.)
 
54.
Renoir (2012)
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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste... (111 mins.)
Director: Gilles Bourdos
 
55.
O Homem Que Não Dormia (2012)
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In a small town in the countryside, five people are assailed by the same terrible nightmare. The arrival of a miserable pilgrim will break out the internal conflict in which they live, determining a rupture in their lives. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Navarro
 
56.
Buddies (2012)
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Three young people with Down syndrome decide to run away in search of three simple wishes: Stalone wants to see the sea, Aninha looks for a husband and Marcio needs to fly. (94 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Galvão