In this list we have compiled 12 foreign language films from around the globe. The movies are selected after a survey on them. These movies have received multiple awards and got excellent rating by the critics as well as the audience.
12. Mesrine – France
Mesrine Jacques Mesrine was a French criminal of 1960’s and 1970’s, responsible for numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders. He, in his autobiography, which he wrote in prison, confessed about the 40 plus murders committed by him. Two films were filmed about Mesrine’s life. Film’s first part, Killer Instinct and the second part, Public Enemy are based on Mesrine’s autobiography. The script is written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and directed by Jean Francois Richet. Mesrine’s role is played by Vincent Cassel. Mesrine was not alone in all the committed crimes. The beautiful and bold Jeanne Schneider (CÃ©cile de France) helped him all the way. The movie was received well among critics and audience. Imdb rated the movie as 7.5/10 and Rotten Tomatoes rated it as 7.3/10.
11. Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorkh) – Iran
Crimson Gold The film Crimson Gold was released in 2003, directed by Jafar Panahi and written by Abbas Kiarostami. The film was not released in Iran because of it’s dark script and filming. The movie won various awards, including Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Award, Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo, Tbilisi International Film Festival’s Golden Prometheus and Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival. The movie is about Hussain, a pizza delivery driver, badly frustrated and disturbed by the social injustice and the imbalance in the society. The movie is rated at 7.5 on 10, both on Imdb and RottenTomatoes.
10. And Your Mother Too (Y Tu Mamá También) – Mexico
And Your Mother Too And Your Mother Too was released in 2001. The movie is directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The movie is about two teenage boys abandoned by their girlfriends and a lonely older woman. The trio goes on a road trip were she teaches them things about life, friendship and seduction. The movie won many awards including New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Venice Film Festival’s Best Screenplay award and Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film. Matacritics assigned the film a normalized rating of 88 on 100, Imdb rates it at 7.8 and RottenTomatoes received the movie positively with a rating of 8/10.
9. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring (Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom) – South Korea| Germany
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring It’s a South Korean film released in 2003, directed by Kim Ki-duk, and stars Su Oh-yeong, Kim Young-min, Seo Jae-kyung, and Kim Jong-ho. The director has acted in the movie as a man in the last stage of life. The movie is about an old monk living in a temple by a lake. The monk teaches a young boy to become a monk as the seasons and years pass by. The film had a fresh and positive reception. Both the critics and the audience loved the film. The famous film critic Roger Ebert included the film in his list of Great films. Both Imdb and RottenTomatoes rated the film at 8.1/10.
8. Old Boy (Oldeuboi) – Sourh Korea
Old Boy Old Boy (2003) is a movie about a man who was kidnapped and kept in a pathetic cell for 15 years. He was clueless about his imprisonment’s reason. After 15 years of painful and torturous imprisonment, he is released, well equiped with money, clothes and a cell phone. He then struggles to find out his kidnapper and the reason behind the kidnapping. It is rated as 8.4/1o on Imdb and 7.3/10 on RottenTomatoes.
7. In The Mood For Love (Fa Yeung Nin Wa) – Hong Kong | France
In The Mood for Love InThe Mood For Love (2000) is directed by Wong Kar-wai and stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The movie takes us to Hong Kong in 1962. The movie is about two married couples living in the same neighbourhood. Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor and Li-zhen, a secretary by profession is married to an executive. They share a lot in common. Soon they discover about their spouse’s extra marital affairs. Disheartened and broken by this, they find comfort and solace in eachother. The movie won various awards including 2000 Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) award, 2000 Cannes Film Festival’s Technical Grand Prize (Christopher Doyle, Lee Ping-bing, William Chang), Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), Best Actress (Maggie Cheung) and Best Art Direction (William Chang) at 2001 Hong Kong Film Awards. The film also won Best Foreign Language Film at 2002 National Society of Film Critics (USA), 2001 César Awards, 2001 German Film Awards, 2001 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2002 Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards and 2001 British Independent Film Awards. It is rated as 8.1/1o on Imdb and 7.6/10 on RottenTomatoes.