Not content with creating ridiculously long blog post titles, here are five more films not in the English language to watch during Lockdown (Or not Lockdown if you have an important job!)…
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
A romantic drama that’s like nothing before it, is 1998 Spanish offering Lovers of the Arctic Circle.
Otto and Ana met many years ago… and now they meet again. It’s also been many years since I watched this film but I remember it being good, very good!
He Loves Me He Loves Me Not (2002)
To most casual film followers, Audrey Tautou is Amelie and that’s it… but she’s so much more than that. She’s delivered a number of excellent performances, often in at least slightly comedic roles but this one’s serious!
The premise of He Loves Me He Loves Me Not and how the film is presented is original and eye-opening. Alongside Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan provides a career best performance in this twisted romance.
Cinema Paradiso (1998)
Italian Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso stars Phillipe Noiret and Marco Leonardi in the leading roles. It’s safe to say that this was the peak of Leonardi’s acting career.
The 1988 film details the relationship between a cinema projectionist and a young boy… who becomes the cinema projectionist. So good is this film that it’s often credited with saving Italian cinema as a whole.
No not the Hollywood version! Japan’s original Ring (Not The!), based on Koji Suzoki’s novel, is no shock horror nonsense. It’s a film that builds tension better than any other that I’ve seen and it contains one absolutely terrifying scene (Though the trailer does appear to give a little too much away!).
I watched this amongst a blur of Japanese/Korean films half a lifetime ago. This one grossed just shy of $20 million at the box office.
The Bicycle Thieves (1948)
1948, black and white, set in Rome, possibly sometimes named in the singular, The Bicycle Thieves follows a man, accompanied by his son, pursuing his stolen bicycle. Not to build this one up but it’s been referred to by some as “The greatest film of all time!”.
To see my original suggestion of five films not in the English language then please click on the link below…