8 Fantastic Foreign Films ...

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The Best Foreign Films are like the best native films: they speak to you.

No matter what language you hear, if the story is good, if it inspires you, horrifies you, or makes you laugh, then it's a good movie.

The best foreign films do that just like any other film – but sometimes they're sharper, wittier, more evocative, or more haunting simply because you naturally end up paying more attention to the acting, the gestures, the scenery, the subtle nuances.

Here's a list of some of the best foreign films I've ever seen – and maybe you'll like them, too!

1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Weird thing: I only saw this movie because Johnny Weir actually recommended to me during the shortest but most awesome meet-and-greet conversation in history. I watched it because I was uber-obsessed at the time (I mean, more so than I am now), but the French film, starring the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve, soon became one of the best foreign films I've ever seen. I didn't read anything about it before watching it, so imagine my surprise when I discovered the entire movie is done in song. No, it's not quite a musical, it's … well, you'll just have to watch for yourself.

2. The Seventh Seal

I am an enormous fan of Max von Sydow, which is what first led me to this Swedish film.

I'm also a huge fan of Ingmar Bergman but, to be fair, my adulation began after I saw this.

The movie is as amazing as the evocative title implies.

A chest match against Death: can you imagine anything better?3

3. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

I pay a lot of attention to the Cannes film festival (ah, and would that I could actually get there someday!), which is where I first heard of this Romanian film.

If you like dark comedy, you will never see anything better.

It's also incredibly relevant in the states, in terms of the plot and what healthcare is coming to in this country – especially healthcare as it relates to the elderly and nursing homes.

That fact and the fact that, again, it's incredibly dark, combine to make this one of the best foreign films ever.

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