6. 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (4 Luni, 3 Saptamâni Zi 2 Zile) – Romania | Belgium
4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days is a Romanian film released in 2007. The film is written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. It won the Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a girl who assists her friend to arrange an illegal abortion. The movie is set in 1980’s Romanian era. The film successfully won numerous awards including Best European Film award at European Film Awards, Hollywood World Award (Best Film) at Hollywood Film Festival, FIPRESCI Film of the Year at San Sebastián International Film Festival, Bronze Horse (Best Film) at Stockholm Film Festival, Top Five Foreign Films at National Board of Review, Best Foreign Film at Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Film at Sight & Sound Films of 2007. The film also won the Best Foreign language Film award by Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and Toronto Film Critics Association. It is rated as 7.9/1o on Imdb and 8.3/10 on RottenTomatoes.
5. Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) – Spain
Talk to Her The movie is about 4 characters: Two men, Benigno and Marco who meet at a private clinic and two girls who are in deep coma. They start sharing an odd friendship as they take care of their girlfriends. The story revolves around the past, present and future of the four characters, leading to their destiny. The movie was released in 2002, written and directed by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and includes famous stars Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin and Rosario Flores. The movie won the 2002 Academy Award for Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The famous film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel included Talk to Her in their list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Movies. Paul Schrader places the film at 46 on list of the 60 greatest films. The movie received multiple awards at many film festivals. It is rated as 8.1/1o on Imdb and 8.1/10 on RottenTomatoes.
4. A One and a Two (Yi Yi) – Taiwan | Japan
A One and a Two
Yi Yi is a Taiwanese film released in 2000. The film is written and directed by Edward Yang. It is about the emotional struggles of a businessman and the lives of his middle-class Taiwanese family living in Taipei. The three generations of the family are a part of this struggle. The movie is starring Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin and Issei Ogata. The film was received well by the film critics. It won many awards. New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today the Village Voice, Film Comment, the Chicago Reader, and the author Susan Sontag declared the movie the best movie of 2001. It won many critics awards and numerous awards for the best film and the best foreign film of the year. It is rated as 7.9/1o on Imdb and 8.2/10 on RottenTomatoes.
3. Let The Right One In (Låt den Rätte Komma In) – Sweden
Let The Right One In Let The Right One (2008) is a romantic horror film set in1982’s Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg. A 12 year old boy Oscar falls in love with a beautiful but strange girl. The girl cannot tolerate sun and food and requires blood to survive. Later it turns out that she is a vampire. The movie is directed by Tomas Alfredson and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar. The movie received multiple awards including the “Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature” at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film by Austin Film Critics Association and the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation’s 2008 Méliès d’Or (Golden Méliès) for the “Best European Fantastic Feature Film”. It also won four Guldbagge Awards from the Swedish Film Institute. It is rated at 8.1/10 on Imdb and 8.2/10 on RottenTomatoes.
2. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno)
Pan’s Labyrinth Pan’s Labyrinth is a Spanish fantasy film, released in 2006. The movie stands at number 2 in the list of 12 best foreign language films of the decade. The movie is written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro and stars Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López. It is rated as 8.4/10 on Imdb and 8.6/10 on RottenTomatoes. It is Alice in The Wonderland for adults. The movie is set in 1944 in Spain. It is about the stepdaughter of an army office. The girl finds solace among books. One day she escapes this world and enters a captivating world full of fantasy and adventure. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup. Other awards include “Best Film” award at the 2007 Spacey Awards, and “Best Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series of 2006” at the 2007 Constellation Awards. It also won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form in 2007 and the BAFTA award for Best Non English film.
1. City of God (Cidade de Deus) – Brazil | France
City of God City of God(2002) is a Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. The movie beats all the foreign language films of the decade and stands at number 1. The movie is about two young boys brought up witnessing violence, hatred and crime. They live in the same neighbourhood. After growing up one becomes a photographer and the other a drug dealer. The movie has twists and thrill. City of God is rated 8.8 on Imdb and 8.3 on RottenTomatoes. It received admiration and positive response. The movie won multiple awards for the Best Foreign Language film at Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Satellite Awards, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards and Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. It had 4 Academy Award Nominations as well.