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101 Must See Films

Take 4: The Foreign Collection

I’ve never been averse to a bit of subtitle. For those of you who shy away from it, you’re missing out on some seriously top drawer films. So to ease you into what can sometimes be a difficult adjustment, here are my top 10 foreign favourites.

Amelie – quirky, romantic & humourous

Romauld et Juliette – You’ll never think of yogurt & caramel in the same way again

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Gazpacho can be deadly

Volver – a truly brilliant performance by Penelope Cruz

The Lives of Others – cemented my belief that European cinema totally rocks

Jean de Florette – Gerard Depardieu is brilliant

Manon des Sources – the sequel to the above and equally mesmerising

Delicatessen – fabulously funny

Cinema Paradiso – just beautiful

Whale Rider – made me want to visit New Zealand way before Peter Jackson did the LOR trilogy

Vive la Cinema



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