My brain makes weird connections. Just to paint you a picture of how I came to write this post: I heard that the Oscar nominations had been announced, I found out that The Shape of Water has been nominated in 13 categories, The Shape of Water was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, I love Guillermo del Toro, my favourite movie by him is Pan’s Labyrinth a.k.a. El laberinto del fauno, a movie in Spanish et voilà… I decided to make you a list of my favourite non-English movies. You’re welcome.
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
I think this is my favourite movie I’ve ever seen.
Amélie is a waitress in Paris who tries to do little things for the people around her, to change their lives for the better.
It’s so cute and funny and the soundtrack is absolutely amazing. Just watch it…
Un long Dimanche de Fiançailles
Another movie with the brilliant Audrey Tautou. It’s a beautiful movie about World War I based on the novel by Sebastien Japrisot. In case you want to read the book in English, it’s called A Very Long Engagement.
There’s disablement and PTSD in it but above all things, there’s love and hope. It’s pretty brutal at times so be aware of that. It does show the utter madness of the war.
Good bye Lenin
It’s 1989. Alex lives in East Germany with his mother. One night, Alex’s mother has a heart-attack and falls into a coma. While she’s in a coma, the Berlin Wall falls and East and West unite, meaning the end of the DDR. So when she wakes up, her country has changed forever. To keep her stress levels to a minimum and prevent her from having another, possibly fatal, heart-attack, Alex enlists the help of his friends to put on an elaborate show to pretend nothing has changed at all.
It’s sad and funny at the same time. The music’s great and the actors are amazing. It’s such a brilliant movie!
La vita è bella
Most of you will probably have seen this movie at some point. If you haven’t prepare to have your heart destroyed. I mean it. This movie makes me cry every.single.time. And I don’t mean one tear slipping down my face, no no, it’s ugly crying…
This is the story of a jewish librarian in Italy who, together with his little boy, gets deported during World War II. By telling stories and making up games, he tries to keep his son safe from the awful reality of the concentration camps.
Make sure you have enough tissues. Even thinking about it makes me tear up.
If you want happy tears, watch this. It’s the main actor (and director) accepting the Oscar for best foreign movie. He’s so lovely.
El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth
Spain during Franco’s reign. The military in trying to fight back the rebels that are hiding in the hills. Ofelia is a bookish little girl who loves fairy tales. Her life is anything but.. her pregnant mother is moving in with her stepfather, a ruthless captain hell-bent on teaching those rebels a lesson or two.
I LOVE this movie. I love how whimsical it is and how you’re, in the end, left to wonder whether it was real or not. You want to believe. You want this little girl to find happiness. I choose to believe that she’s happy. The main theme always gives me goosebumps.
The Broken Cricle Breakdown
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive head first into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage – but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested.
Of course I needed to include a Belgian movie!! This one didn’t just break my heart, it tore it out of my chest. I watched it when my daughter was only three months old and afterwards I went and sat next to her bed, just to hear her breathing as she slept.
I hope you’ll consider watching some of these movies. They’re all amazing and I hope you’ll love them too!