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 Darín (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.
* Så 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! 😉 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.