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I have saved money by not watching the above movies.
 
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Saw 'Quitting' on IFC few days ago.
It is Chinese movie with English subtitles. One of the best movies I have ever seen. Based upon the struggle of lead actor and his family´┐Żs struggle with his drug addiction. All the actors in the movie were playing their own roles. You could feel almost every emotion.
It is one of those movies which are so simple in outlook but immensely complex underneath.
10 out of 10.
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

Never try Dutch movies, they suck... Even here hardly anyone likes them, except the "culture" freaks who will embrace anything Dutch as high culture, the more vulgar the better.



E.g. "Spetters"? What did you think of that one?
 
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Why don't you guys reccomend any new Hindi movies? If all you want is to immerse yourself in another culture, even Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham is a good "feel good" movie. Otherwise, Earth is pretty good, but Amelie seems incomplete. Personally, I felt it was so lacking in closure that I thought the bonus DVD had the rest of the movie on it. I haven't seen any non-English movies that are really noteworthy recently, but War and Peace is certainly a good one (You can tell most really old movies apart from the 1990's ones, but War and Peace is truly a clasic among movies.)

Anywho, do you guys have any recommendations on good French movies to see? (Preferably comedy, I havent seen a French comedy since The Red Balloon)
 
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Originally posted by P. Sagdeo:
Anywho, do you guys have any recommendations on good French movies to see? (Preferably comedy, I havent seen a French comedy since The Red Balloon)

There's that arthouse classic Taxi 2

An oldy but a goody is Les Visiteurs. When he attacks the 2CV with his sword...cracks me up every time. Drags a bit towards the end though.
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Hi all

I was stumbling around the Internet looking for a Flodders DVD (I am currently studying Dutch) and I came across this thread.

I have just finished studying French for 5 years and I particularly like French Comedies. Here is my opinion on some French Films worth watching.


1. La Vengeance D'Une Blonde
2. Les Soeurs Soleil

The above two films star Christian Clavier, Marie-Anne Chazel & Clematine Celarie and each is very, very funny. Both are fish out of water absurdist comedies with a nice family feel to them. They are consistently funny throughout the films. It is hard, if not impossible, to get them with English subtitles however

Australian viewers will particularly enjoy Les Soeurs Soleil in view of the Australion themes predominating throughout the film and the kangaroo that steals the show (Skippy goes to France).

3. Taxi, Taxi 2, Taxi 3....

A aburdist comedy series of films set around a young taxi driver and his souped-up Peugeot taxi. Visually great (great american style car chase) and quite humerous.

4. La Cage Auz Folles

An older film but a classic. The story is set around a flamboyantly middle-aged gay couple who run 'La age Aux Folles' a gay nightclub. The son (the result of a failed relationship) of one of them contacts his father as he is getting married. The trouble is he is marrying the daughter of a very conservative couple and they want to meet the grooms parents. This proves problematic for the father... (I haven't seen the film for a while so apolgies if I haven't got the plot exactly right).

The film stars Ugo Tognazzi (Italian Star) and Michel Serrault (French Star) as the gay couple and they camp it up big time. Michel Serrault's performance is completely over the top. A film well worth seeing and one that is very funny and in some parts moving. Don't bother with the two sequels however - the less said about them the better.

Finally a quick mention that the film was remade in America was 'The Birdcage' however the remake failed to capture the funniness found in the original in my opinion.

5. Delicatessen

Jeunet & Caro's first film which is amazingly filmed - arguably a work of art and also an exercise in very black comedy. Set in a futuristic period in which food is scarce, people have been forced to resort to cannibalism to survive. A former clown comes to live in an apartment block where the local butcher is always looking for fresh meat if you know what I mean. He meets and falls in love with the butcher's daughter but the butcher is unimpressed with his daughters boyfriend. So he gets his knives ready...

A classic. Do watch it.

6. City Des Enfants Perdus (City of Lost Children)

The second Jeunet & Caro film.

Again a fabulously filmed film and again an art form. Not a comedy but a kind of Victorian Sci-fi film which is at times bizarre It is simply a visual fest from start to finish, filled with ideas and great photography.

Another must see film.

7. Amelie

THE must see film in my books. Filmed by Jean-Piere Jeunet it is a romantic comedy of a lonely and shy girl whose mother died when she was young and who meets and falls in love with a young eccentric guy. A beautiful film filled with comic moments and one that shows the Montmartre of Paris as people often imagine it to be rather than as it actually is.

People either love or just can't get into this film (generally people who aren't romantic or who don't like subtitles) but it really is a film that touches the heart and is arguably one of the finest french films, or for that matter finest films period, ever made.

8. Les Visiteurs (The Visitors)

Early nineties film starring Jean Reno, Christian Clavier & Marie-Anne Chazel.

A funny time travel film with a knight and his servant accidentally passing through time to pop out into the twentieth century.

9. Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre

Starring Christian Clavier & Gerard Depardieu who now fills the role of Obelix quite literally!

This is the second in a series of films but it is much funnier than the first. The film is largely a satire on modern western culture (particularly american) and features some american music.

Very funny and well worth a look. It is ok to watch the original film as well (Asterix & Obelix).

10. Les Rivieres Pourpres (The Crimson Rivers)

Gory but engaging thriller starring Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno. Great but not for the squeamish.

11. Grosse Fatigue

Starring Michel Blanc, this film is a farce where a famous actor finds his professional and personal life completely stolen by a stunt double who looks exactly like him. The film has cameos from many famous french actors.



That should keep you all busy for a while!

cheers Peter
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If anybody is interested in watching an Indian movie, other than in Hindi, check out "Nayakan". It made it into Time's All Time Top 100 movies. It's a very good movie with influences from The Godfather.

The only reason why I hesitate in recommending movies to people who don't know Tamil, is because the translation for the sub-titles are mostly atrocious.

And then again, there are lots of Tamil comedy movies filled from top to bottom with fast jokes, which are mostly based on puns and context. I don't quite see how these can be translated at all. Even native Tamil speakers miss out on some jokes while they are busy laughing for the previous one. I have seen some of this movies 3 or 4 times just to make sure I caught all the 'funnies'
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The only reason why I hesitate in recommending movies to people who don't know Tamil, is because the translation for the sub-titles are mostly atrocious.



Even worse are Tamil and other south Indian films when dubbed in other languages! Especially Hindi!

I havent seen Nayakan, but its Hindi remake 'Dayavan' is my favourite.

Mehul.
 
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Originally posted by Frank Silbermann:


E.g. "Spetters"? What did you think of that one?



Typical example of Dutch crap.
Soldaat van Oranje and Amsterdamned are about the only good Dutch movies I know of.
 
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Originally posted by Kathy Sierra:
I want to add Amelie (France) and City of God (Brazil).

(and yay to Monsoon Wedding and Brotherhood of the Wolf)

I wouldn't mind if some folks here would recommend some fun Indian musicals that I might find on DVD with English subtitles...

Bert and I just read a novel, "Transmission", that involves an Indian programmer who makes his way to the US, and a subplot involving an Indian movie... kind of a fun strange book. But it reminded me that I've been wanting to see some of the musicals, especially, but I'd like to know what the big favorites are.

cheers,
Kathy




I would like to suggest Ek Hasina Thi. It is not a musical per say, but very well taken. Lately the bollywood is churning some non-music(no songs at all in the film) films that are upto the mark.
 
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Hi all,

Here in Germany we actually ride on a new wave of foreign films namely indian films.

And I must say my wife, my 6 years old girl and myself all fall in love with these films.

My 6 years old girl even has fallen in love with Shahrukh Khan and run crazy whenever a dancing scene with him comes in. Actually she is a good dancer by herself.

So you can imagine what an impact these foreign films have on us. And honestly I also like those real beautiful indian actresses .

My iranian wife also brought a hundred iranian DVD's from Iran which are not comparable with the indian films because they are more of a serious genre and in general never end with a happy end. Nevertheless these films give to those who are interested a clear picture of today's Iran.

So I hope to see next a film from Afghanistan, who knows?

Regards,
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I am yet to see a Chinese/Japanese Movie which deals with something other than Martial Art
 
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Originally posted by Jack Ryan:
I am yet to see a Chinese/Japanese Movie which deals with something other than Martial Art



i am yet to see a movie.
 
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Hi Jack
There are some fantastic non martial arts chinese/japanese movies.
Big Shot's Funeral (comedy/story)
the Little Chinese Seamstress (story/romance)
Samsara (love story of a monk)
Infernal Affairs 1,2,3(thriller/action)
Japan are the best in horror movies
eg like ring 1 ring 2 ring 0
korean movies are great in war related themes
and adult comedies (love is Zero)
 
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Originally posted by Jack Ryan:
I am yet to see a Chinese/Japanese Movie which deals with something other than Martial Art



You should
 
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Originally posted by Jack Ryan:
I am yet to see a Chinese/Japanese Movie which deals with something other than Martial Art



So?
Most American movies that make theaters worldwide deal with guns and/or sex. Much the same thing
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

So?
Most American movies that make theaters worldwide deal with guns and/or sex. Much the same thing



I meant the theme - the story revolves round martial arts e.g. you have a cult which only fights with swords etc ... I guess such movies gain more acclaim than others, thats why!

Guns and Sex are very broad categories.
I have not seen any (sex or gun)less movie either.
Doesn't mean I would like to
 
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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso..... in Italian; the only movie that has made me cry!!
The final scene is awesome.
A must for a movie lover since it is a movie that includes lots of references and clips from other well-know movie classics.
 
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Have u heard of brit director michael winterbottom. Awesome director .
i would recommend the following foriegn movies

1.In this world
2. House keeper(french)
3.8 women
4.lock stock and two smoking barrels
5. born into brothels
6.code 42
7.east is east
8.Train to pakistan
9.The housekeeper(ivory merchant , shashi kapoor-english)


bend it like beckham is a bad movie . Its a commercial movie and is so artificial .Mira nairs new movie "namesake" is good .
 
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I usually don't have the patience to watch old movies especially the black and white one's.
But some time back had come across "seven samurai" while flipping channels, which just was a spellbinder and shows the brilliance of Akira kursowa, who's mastered the art of movie making, irrespective of time, race, language, he gets across the emotion's through to the viewers.
 
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