One of the things we wanted to focus on for Foreign Language Month at the library, is Foreign Film. Some of us love watching movies produced in other countries. You get a taste of different cultures and actors you don't normally get to see. Here is the first half of our recommended Foreign Films. Go to Part 2 for the second half.
Life is Beautiful (Megan J.) Hilarious for the first half, then heart-breaking for the second. This Italian movie follows a family of three and shows the power of imagination.
Old Boy (Amanda E.) Emotionally compelling Korean revenge film. Really great fight scenes.
The Haunted House (La Casa Embrujada) (Sophia E.) A good story for beginning/intermediate Spanish students. Cheesy, but entertaining nonetheless.
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Zach H.) A Korean take on the classic "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly".
The Lives of Others (Katherine R.) This German film, set in 1984, is about a Stasi (East German Secret Police) officer who is doing surveillance on the apartment of a well-known writer. He becomes entangled in the lives of those he is listening to. I highly recommend this film - it's amazing!
La Vie en Rose (Megan P.) Beautiful music. Marion Cotillard plays singer Edith Piaf in the story of Piaf's life. Cotillard is AMAZING in this movie.