Five Nice Foreign Films – Carancho, SΓ₯ som i himmelen, Anthony Zimmer, Unjust etc

Thank God for Netflix.

We can have our fill of Korean, Argentine, French and so many other fine films.

Here’s a bunch of decent foreign (non-English) films we watched recently, some on DVD and others via Netflix Instant Play:

* Carancho (Spanish) – A lovely, dark Argentine film that shows a side of humanity few of us ever see or want to see. Argentine superstar Ricardo DarΓ­n (remember him from the Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes?) plays the lead role of a debarred ambulance chasing lawyer for whom nothing can go right. A look into the underbelly of life is not for faint hearts.

* SΓ₯ som i himmelen (Swedish) – Better known by its English title As It Is in Heaven, Michael Nyqvist plays a famous conductor who after taking ill settles in a village from his childhood. Soon, our hero becomes cantor for the village choir and his work opens up repressed anger, discord, hatred etc and causing them to rise to the surface in the remote hamlet. The human condition, it seems, is the same be it large cities or small villages. Michael Nyqvist (you may remember him from the Dragon Tattoo films) is superb.

* Anthony Zimmer (French) – A 2005 romantic thriller featuring Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal that we streamed on to our iPad via Netflix. The French movie has so much more class than the English version, The Tourist (Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie), that came out five years later. By the way, how many romances are thrilling and how many thrillers have you seen that are also romantic? Sophie Marceau is hot! πŸ˜‰ Yes, we saw the twist coming although we’d forgotten about The Tourist. Or maybe it was lodged in our subconscious.

* The Show Must Go On (Korean) – A gangster movie featuring the extraordinary actor Song Kang-ho. Even gangsters have wives and daughters and make sacrifices and care for their families deeply. Han Jae-rim wrote and directed this film. We’ve seen Song Kang-ho in three or four movies so far including The Good, the Bad and the Weird. He’s amazing.

* The Unjust (Korean) – A fast-paced Korean crime filled with violence that shows the police in a poor light, and often no different from the criminals they pursue. Ryu Seung-wan directed the film featuring his brother Ryu Seung-beom as a corrupt, ambitious, hard-driving public prosecutor.

13 Responses to "Five Nice Foreign Films – Carancho, SΓ₯ som i himmelen, Anthony Zimmer, Unjust etc"

  1. Mnx542   January 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Why didn’t you do a full review of the 5 movies?

    Recently watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Not as entertaining as the first one but still a wonderful relief from the Indian garbage thrown our way. Game of Shadows even got a standing ovation. First time I’ve seen such a reception for a Hollywood movie. Responds:

    Becoj we liteel bijee with another projectu, we no do full reviews. Sooree.

    We were not bowled over by the Sherlock Holmes sequel either.

    • Mnx542   January 12, 2012 at 6:29 am

      “We were not bowled over by the Sherlock Holmes sequel either.”

      I know. Read your review. I actually couldn’t figure out what went wrong. The acting was top-notch, dialogues were witty, screenplay was fast-paced but yet I felt something wasn’t right. Maybe it’s the absence of a gripping plot, like you said.

    • gandhiji   January 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

      uh.. At a cursory glance, I thought you had typed in Dutch (because of the j and ee etc.) Responds:

      No, that was national integration….English as spoken by Telugus, Punjabis, North Indians, Mallus etc.

  2. Hari Jr   January 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Any review of Nanban expected from SI??

    And can you please review the movie Khosla ka Ghosla, a good Hindi comedy film of 2006?? Responds:

    Who gives a f*ck for Nanban!

    Khosla ka Ghosla, we’ll definitely watch it one of these days.

    • Hari Jr   January 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Ok then waiting for your review on Khosla ka Ghosla

      Pongal nalvazhutukal (Best Pongal wishes to you SI) πŸ™‚ Responds:

      Thank You, Sweetie!

      Best Pongal Wishes to You too.

  3. Hari Jr   January 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Khosla ka Ghosla is not a nonsensical comedy like the current set of Akshay Kumar or Salman khan, it is a good comedy movie.

    • Naveen   January 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

      You may also consider watching “Well Done Abba”, “Phas Gaya Re Obama!”, “Tere Bin Laden”, “Shaitan”, “Halla Bol” (for Pankaj Kapoor). Responds:

      Will do if NFLX has them.

  4. sam   January 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Are you not watching Nanban? I think it would be better than 3 idiots Responds:

    No, No, No.

    How can something based on junk be be anything but junk.

  5. shadowfax_arbit   January 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I saw some scenes of a banned movie called ‘Pink Flamingos’ I guess, where a guy tries to rape a girl (both nude), with a hen in between them.

    OMG it was gross and I stopped watching it. Can’t imagine how the director came up with such ideas! Responds:

    The folks at Wiki describe Pink Flamingos as “one of the most notorious cult films ever made.”

    DVD rental service Netflix terms it “an unbridled assault on every taboo in the book.”

    This means we must see it.

    Ergo, we’ve just ordered the DVD on Netflix.

    By the end of this week, we’ll watch and review it with a special dedication to you at the very top. πŸ˜‰

    • gandhiji   January 16, 2012 at 10:36 am


  6. shadowfax_arbit   January 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Whichever site I visit, I see ads of Romney’s site for donation

    How is this guy? Responds:

    Sick, lying bastard.

    Even a big chunk of the Republican base (sick, stupid bastards themselves) think Mitt Romney has no principles. πŸ™

    Mitt Romney makes Obama look like a saint.

    The election battle will be between Mitt Romney and Obama.

    And unless there’s a war between U.S. and Iran and the U.S. loses, Obama will win reelection.

  7. Hari Jr   January 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Off Topic:

    Have you seen this critically acclaimed movie ‘Raam’ released in 2005 featuring Jeeva, Gajala, Saranya (heroine of that Tamil classic Nayagan) ??

    Here is its link on wikipedia

    What’s your say? πŸ™‚ Responds:

    No, we haven’t seen it.

  8. Hari Jr   January 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Here is another good Tamil movie I would like to suggest you.

    Kana kandaen starring Srikanth, Gopika & Prithviraj is the villain.

    Can you please see & give your review?? πŸ™‚ Responds:


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