remarkable non english filmsby fifo35 | created - 27 Nov 2010 | updated - 14 Aug 2017 | Public
Cultural capital that is universal but not in the english language...
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1. Le Samourai (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 39,483 | Gross: $0.04M
existentialism and style
2. The American Friend (1977)
Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
before wenders cross the atlantic.
3. Dersu Uzala (1975)
G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.
4. The Fire Within (1963)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »
existentialism was a matter of style in france of 50-60's
5. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.
ultra romantic? psycopath? anti hero? all together you name it simply amazing film
6. Stalker (1979)
Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.
Votes: 98,971 | Gross: $0.23M
an attack on western values.
7. I Stand Alone (1998)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Votes: 18,173 | Gross: $0.05M
a misanthropist ethics.
8. The Island (2006)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
only the russians can make films like that
9. Ordet (1955)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy
Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with each other, and the rest of the town.
10. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.
japanese existentialism has a sadistic side which is expected in this culture.
11. Red Desert (1964)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama
In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages.
antonioni like tati think more like architects and photographers when they compose their image and less as story tellers
12. Pusher (1996)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Votes: 31,481 | Gross: $0.00M
madds mikelsen before james bond
13. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.
an inner journey with expressionist dreams to highlight it, superb one of all time classics
14. Distant (2002)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.
Votes: 16,102 | Gross: $0.10M
photography is excellent in ceylan films, that have as main theme the inability of people to communicate
15. Crimson Gold (2003)
Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Thriller
An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.
Votes: 4,100 | Gross: $0.15M
pride and politics in iran
16. Port of Shadows (1938)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.
Votes: 7,425 | Gross: $0.03M
a dark tale full of expressionistic aura
17. 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
71 scenes revolving around a recent immigrant, a couple that has just adopted a daughter, a college student and a lonely old man.
haneke dissects alienation and he is expert to that, better that anyone in today's cinema still his films are a torture to watch for the eye but thought provoking for the mind
18. Dog Days (2001)
R | 121 min | Drama
In a suburb of Vienna during some hot summer days: A teacher who is in bondage to a sleazy pimp, a very importunate hitchhiker, a private detective on the run for some car vandals, a couple... See full summary »
Votes: 5,616 | Gross: $0.01M
seidl says it straightforward capitalist economy brings alienation sadness and eventually madness to its practitioners
19. Bob le Flambeur (1956)
PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.
Votes: 9,440 | Gross: $0.02M
end of an era
20. Kitchen Stories (2003)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.
Votes: 7,707 | Gross: $0.35M
21. The Sacrifice (1986)
PG | 149 min | Drama
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.
Votes: 20,353 | Gross: $0.30M
needs patience good psychology to see it through the end
22. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.
Votes: 22,850 | Gross: $0.05M
black and white cinematography complements the locations.
23. The Consequences of Love (2004)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid.
this time junkie is not a kid
24. The Conformist (1970)
R | 113 min | Drama
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
one of the best italian films.
25. In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
A transgender woman tries to salvage something from the wreckage love has made of her life by confronting her anguished past, hoping to find ultimate acceptance among quondam acquaintances and herself.
fassbinder gives voice to people that society considers marginals or outcasts and only for that he deserves some respect
26. Character (1997)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.
Votes: 9,972 | Gross: $0.71M
rotterdam is cold bleak and unfriendly, no thanks price for character is too high
27. Lebanon (2009)
R | 93 min | Drama, War
During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.
Votes: 10,552 | Gross: $0.37M
claustophobic tension to the maximum
28. The Tin Drum (1979)
R | 142 min | Drama, War
In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
surreal attack on fascism
29. Pépé le Moko (1937)
Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.
Votes: 5,736 | Gross: $0.15M
a doomed love in algiers
31. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A drunken sailor recounts the surrealistic odyssey of his life story to a murderous student.
poetic absurd trippy
32. Pickpocket (1959)
Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama
Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.
anatomy of a petty thief
33. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
97 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A timeless Carpathian story - the young Ivan falls in love with the daughter of his father's killer among the Hutsul people of Ukraine.
ukranian folk tale, but camera and editing are modernist
34. Autumn (2008)
99 min | Drama
A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.
lyrical and warm
35. Journey to the Sun (1999)
104 min | Drama
Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,285 | Gross: $0.00M
journey to a region that turkish authority likes to be backward economically and culturally.
36. Thanos and Despina (1967)
96 min | Drama
Katina, an impoverished Greek woman, tries to arrange the marrage of her shepherd son, Thanos, to Despina, the daughter of a wealthy landowner. But when Despina's father, Vlahopoulos ... See full summary »
one of the most important greek films that openly castigates the authority of the church, hard to find.
37. Hunger (1966)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama
In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »
hunger and sensitivity a beautiful portrait of an artist
38. Taste of Cherry (1997)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.
Votes: 19,246 | Gross: $0.31M
39. Tokyo Story (1953)
Not Rated | 136 min | Drama
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
the japanese version of existentialism has ozu
40. Animal Love (1996)
120 min | Documentary
In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society, in which communication has never played such a significant role, man ... See full summary »
seidl is interested always to represent real life situations that sometimes cross the demarcation line with the pathological, and that raises some moral issues towards his subjecs.Still he offers a voyeuristic pleasure to very private moments that cinema seldom offers.
41. Harvest Time (2004)
67 min | Drama
Winner of a Golden Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival "for its complex and poetic evocation of an ambiguous period in Soviet history," Marina Razbezhkina's debut film ... See full summary »
a lost cause now is mocked
42. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 207,875 | Gross: $5.38M
sociology in mexico
43. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 75,341 | Gross: $1.79M
44. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Not Rated | 122 min | Crime
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.