ITALIAN LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Malena (2000)

A language advantage film review by Andrea Martins

From the writer and director of the award-winning film Cinema Paradiso, this film is the story of a boy’s journey to manhood amid the chaos and intolerance of World War II. Monica Bellucci plays the most beautiful woman in a small town in Sicily who becomes the subject of malicious gossip and jealousies from the men and women of the town. The young boy Renato is the only one who understands her and feels sympathetic towards this woman whom everyone else thinks is a whore and a disgrace.

Through the eyes of Renato we see his sexual awakening and watch him become a mature and independent young man. This is a compassionate yet disturbing film in places. There are some scenes that are distressing, but it is compelling viewing as it evokes the restrained and religious culture of the time and the old Italian way of thinking.

It was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score.

Some Sicilian is noted within the film but the bulk of it is in Italian that is easily understandable if you’ve been learning it. In Italian with English subtitles.

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Life is Beautiful (1999)
La Vita è Bella

A language advantage film review by Tess Bentall

Set in 1939, Italy. The hero Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), who has a gift for making people laugh, and his friend Ferruccio come to a new town to stay with Guido’s uncle Eliseo. Guido meets the beautiful schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) by accident. He nicknames her princess. They encounter one another several times by surprise in amusing circumstances. Eventually he wins her heart and takes her away from her disagreeable fiance.

Years later Guido and Dora are happily married and have a young son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Since they are Jews Guido and Giosue are taken to a concentration camp. Dora, a gentile, follows them there voluntartily. In order to protect Giosue’s innocence and to shield him from the dangers and brutality of life during the Holocaust, Guido tells Giosue that they are part of a role playing game where they have to obtain a thousand points by obeying camp orders and coping with camp life in order to win first prize. Will Guido succeed in protecting his son and will the family ever be reunited?

Life is Beautiful is an absolutely adorable film. It is moving, uplifting and extremely amusing. A deserved winner of three Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor and Best Original Score. The film gives the viewer a unique insight into Italian history, the Italian way of life and Italy’s family values. It is also a celebration of the power of the imagination and the beauty of the human spirit. The interaction between Guido and Giosue is delightful. The romance between Guido and Dora is entirely believable and all the more touching when the viewer knows that Benigni and Braschi are happily married to each other off-screen. The key triumph of this film is to make one truly believe that life is beautiful. A joy to watch. Five stars.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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The Postman (1994)
Il Postino

A language advantage film review by Andrea Martins

This is a wonderfully charming story of an almost illiterate man, Mario Ruoppolo, played by the late Massimo Troisi. He decides to leave his life as a fisherman and become a postman on his native island in the Mediterranean Sea. Pablo Neruda, the Chilean Poet (played by the French actor Phillipe Noiret also in Cinema Paradiso) has found a rustic home on the same island after he is exiled in 1952. Mario is in charge of bringing Pablo his packages and mail and their friendship develops over time. Like everyone else on the island, Mario is impressed by the foreigner. In trying to imitate his poet friend, Mario becomes aware of all the beauty around him and discovers love with a beautiful local girl, Beatrice Russo.

Poetry is the connection between the two men, as Pablo helps Mario to woo the lovely Beatrice using poetry. It’s a simple film but gloriously filled with poetry and tango music reminiscent of the Chilean culture at that time. Although the English Director Michael Radford directed this film, he shows well the stunning scenery of the Mediterranean island and the very slow, simple way of life of its people. The Italian language is generally easy, although – at times – it is difficult to understand the ramblings of Mario in his thick Italian!

This film won an Oscar and a BAFTA award in 1996 as well as many other nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Leading Actor for Massimo Troisi. In Italian with English subtitles.

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Mediterraneo (1992)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

This film is directed by Gabriele Salvatores and set in Greece during World War II. Mediterranneo is a comedy about eight Italian soldiers who are sent to guard a small Greek island. The soldiers ship is sunk and their radio breaks down so as far as the army is concerned the soldiers no longer exist. They start to form a small Italian/Greek community with the locals and their past is soon forgotten. The soldiers’ characters start to change and they begin to adopt the island’s way of life with no desire to return to war.

This film is lovely; a real heart warmer full of passion and romance. A film about human nature, stereotypes and relationships during the war. It’s an Italian love story with a dash of comical genius. Definitely a must for any Mills & Boon fan and anyone who wants to experience an Italian romance with a ray of Greek sunshine.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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Cinema Paradiso (1989)

A language advantage film review by Andrea Martins

This has to be my all time favourite foreign movie. It is the story of a young boy called Salvatore who grew up in a small Sicilian village in the forties and fifties. As an older man and successful film director, he returns home for the funeral of Alfredo, an old friend and his surrogate father, who was the projectionist at the local cinema in the town throughout his childhood. Salvatore remembers his childhood and his friendship with Alfredo. We are taken back in time and into his memories of love and understand why it took the death of his old friend Alfredo for him to return to his home after 30 years.

This film by director Giuseppe Tornatore, who also produced Malena in 2000. It is a film which is stunning, charming and utterly absorbing. It not only vividly shows life in a small village in Sicily during the 1940’s but also shows the passage of time and how progress, industrialisation and technology can change people’s lives and not always for the better.

It won an Academy Award at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, five Baftas, a Golden Globe and several other nominations and awards. It is also currently one of the most bestselling dvd’s on amazon.co.uk. This is a definite must-see movie that will have you watching it again and again.

Some Sicilian is noted within the film but the bulk of it is in Italian that is easily understandable if you’ve been learning it for a while. In Italian with English subtitles. Rated PG in the UK.

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HINDI LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Carroll

The wedding celebrations unfurl during the rainy season. This film mixes traditional with modern, through great music, dance, colour and a combination of English, Hindi and Punjabi conversations. It traces five stories of love and morality across the globe as everyone descends on New Delhi. You get pulled into the movie, and almost feel like you’re there – or at least wish you could be.

The director of this film is Mira Nair. The film has won a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

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East is East (1999)

A language advantage film review by Tess Bentall

The film is set in Manchester in the 1970s. It tells the story of George Khan (Om Puri),  a Pakistani chip shop owner, his British wife Ella (Linda Bassett) and their seven children whose lives are a constant struggle to reconcile Eastern heritage and the Western culture they live in. Meanwhile, their father is actively seeking arranged marriages for his sons. When Nazir (Ian Aspinall) bails out of his forthcoming marriage on the wedding day, he is considered dead by his father and moves away. This does nothing to diminish George’s enthusiasm to marry off his sons in the traditional Pakistani way and Abdul and Tariq (Jimi Mistry) are next on his list. As the future brides and their parents arrive for tea, an unwelcome sculpture by art student Saleem (Chris Bisson), another of the  sons,  ensures that chaos ensues.

This is a fun film about identity, family life and what happens when two cultures collide. It is an enjoyable comedy. All the characters are well portrayed and the unusual relationship between the parents is explored in an interesting manner.

It has won a BAFTA for best British film and has received many other nominations and awards around the world.   The film is in English but with many conversations in Urdu.

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GERMAN LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Die Letzten Tage (2005)
Sophie Scholl

An independent language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Based on actual events, Sophie Scholl is about a tiny group of German students known as The White Rose, who joined together in their mutual hatred of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. They aired their views by printing leaflets and passing them to German citizens. The film focuses on Sophie (Julia Jentsch), a 21-year-old member of The White Rose.

Set in Munich in 1943, Sophie and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs), co-founder of The White Rose,  distribute leaflets on their campus. They have until the bell rings but Sophie decides to distribute a leftover stack of leaflets and consequently gets caught, arrested and accused of high treason. Sister and brother are separated and the film primarily concentrates on the interrogation of Sophie by Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), a Gestapo interrogator who is convinced that Germany needs Nazi policies. Sophie denies everything and is offered a deal by the Gestapo, she must name the other members of the White Rose and incriminate them. She refuses which leads to an appointment with a Gestapo judge (André Hennicke) who sentences Sophie, Hans and another member of   The White Rose, Christoph Probst (Florian Stetter) to death.

Sophie Scholl is tragic yet an insight into what was a tragic and almost unbelievable time for all those involved. Never has a film made me think more. With fantastic direction and superb actors, this film is a definite  must for both history lovers and language film fans alike.

In German with English subtitles.

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Der Untergang (2005)
Downfall

An independent language advantage film review by Emmanuel Lainé

Berlin, April 1945. The Third Reich is holding its last breath. Berlin is under fire from the Russian Army and Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) is hiding in the depth of his bunker. Those left by his side are his wife to-be, Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler), his secretary Traudl Junge, as well as the surviving part of the Third Reich Army. Together they will live the last few days with Hitler and the downfall of the Nazi regime.

Based on the true story novel by Joachim Fest ‘The last days of Hitler’, this representation of Hitler on the cinema screen has been described as the most unique and truthful experience of the real man. Bruno Ganz (as Hitler) worked for months on mimicking Hitler’s voice and is magnificent in his role, giving the character real substance and authenticity. The last days are a condensed and concentrated description of the falling apart of the Third Reich but where their atrocious beliefs still persist. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (‘Das Experiment’ – 2002), ‘Downfall’ is the fruit of authentic German cinema making no judgement and without cynicism or arrogance. As Oliver Hirschbiegel said himself: ‘Nobody can forbid German people to talk about their own history, apart from ourselves’. This movie is a definite must-see.

BAFTA winner 2005 Best Foreign Movie. In German with English subtitles.

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Goodbye Lenin! (2002)

An independent language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Goodbye Lenin! is a film depicting the relationship between love and politics.

The film begins in 1989, a young man, Alex (Daniel Bruhl) protests against the capitalist regime and consequently gets arrested. His mother (Katrin SaÃ?) seeing this suffers from a heart attack and falls into a coma. Eight months later she wakes from the coma completely unaware of the changes that East Germany has experienced. As  any form of shock is likely to make her relapse into her coma,  Alex creates a false Germany where socialism has won and the Berlin wall is still standing. As the film develops so does the lie and consequently turns into a major scam to keep his mother from finding out the truth about the things she believes in so much.

Goodbye Lenin! is a fantastic portrayal of a political love story, showing the protective relationship between mother and son, and how far people are willing to go to protect the ones they love. Goodbye Lenin! was the winner of the Best European Film award at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival.

A must see for everyone, German-speaking or not! In German with subtitles.

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Lola Rennt (1998)
Run Lola Run

An independent language advantage film review by Sophie Paterson

The pounding techno soundtrack adds a good dose of hardly-needed adrenaline to this fast-paced and clever thriller about a girl who has 20 minutes to run – literally – against the clock to get her petty-criminal boyfriend out of some serious trouble. It’s punky, funky, shot like a music video for MTV, and edgy. It’s also told three times; each version hinging on something so very slightly different, thus igniting a new chain of events involving the same characters, incidents, objects and places – and a different set of outcomes. If any film demonstrates how our lives are all woven inextricably together or how our fates are governed by half chance and random moments, this is definitely it. The tagline for the film summarises this: ‘Every second of every day you’re faced with a decision that can change your life’.

The German is not too difficult, particularly as this is not a particularly  talky film. Having said that, some viewers might have trouble with the rapid-fire German young people-speak at the beginning.

In German with English subtitles.

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CHINESE LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Set in the 1940’s in a pre-revolutionary China, Kung Fu Hustle is a film about gangs. In particular the story of a small time thief called Sing (Stephen Chow) who wants to become a member of the ruthless Axe Gang, led by Brother Sum (Kwok-Kwan Chan). A slum called Pig Sty Alley is the only safe area from the gang as it is so poor there is nothing that the gang could take. Sing attempts to extort money from one of the locals but the slum holds a secret and the locals are not all that they appear to be.

Sing attracts the gang to Pig StyAlley which in turn leads to the inhabitants fighting for their lives. The fight between the gang and the neighbourhood unearths some legendary martial arts Masters. Sing must make the decision  between becoming a killer and joining the Axes  and helping the slum and saving the day.

This film is everything rolled into one: action, adventure, comedy, crime and fantasy.Stephen Chow is fantastic and the slapstick comedy is some of the funniest I have seen in a long time. Thoroughly enjoyable, and you can brush up on your Mandarin!

In Chinese Mandarin with English subtitles.

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House of Flying Daggers (2004)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Directed by Yimou Zhang, House of Flying Daggers is set during the reign of the Tang dynasty in China.  A secret organisation,’The House of Flying Daggers’ opposes the government. Leo (Andy Lau), a police officer sends officer Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to investigate Mei (Ziyi Zhang), a young dancer whom he believes is part of this secret organisation. Leo arrests Mei and Jin breaks her out in order to gain her trust and lead him and the government to the mysterious new leader of the secret organisation. What consequently happens is a tale of romance and intrigue, of action and adventure.

Before I sat down and watched this film I thought I would hate it. I am not one for martial arts movies but House of Flying Daggers is so much more and has managed to change my view on the martial arts genre. It combines action, adventure, fantasy and romance which in my opinion is a fantastic combination which produces a fantastic film.

Language is Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2002)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Carroll

A beautiful film from start to finish, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is really absorbing. It is a tribute to amazing martial arts displays as well as a beautifully shot film.

You can see why this film has won so many awards with its combination of language, love, action and adventure. It has won over 40 awards including the Best Foreign Language Film Music at the Oscars and four BAFTAs.

Wonderful as it is, it is best to see it in its original language version, you have to concentrate on the English subtitles unless your Mandarin is fluent, but it is well worth it!

The director of the film is Ang Lee. In Chinese with English subtitles. Rated 12 in the UK.

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Hero (2002)

A language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

It is hard for anyone to say that this film is not fantastic. Directed by Zhang Yimou (who also directed House of Flying Daggers) and produced by Quentin Tarantino, it already has two of the biggest names involved from both the Chinese and American film industries. Jet Li stars in this movie.

Hero takes place in feudal China before the warring kingdoms were united into a single country. The Nameless warrior (Jet Li) has been brought before Qin (Chen Daoming) the King of the northern province to receive a reward for killing three assassins who threatened Qin’s life. The Nameless warrior tells the King how he killed Long Sky (Donnie Yen), Broken Sword (Tony Leung), and Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung). The King challenges his story and tells a completely different version full of conspiracy and mistrust.

The visuals of this film are stunning and contribute largely to what Yimou is trying to achieve through the characters and script. The fight scenes are amazing: the use of colour really adds to the film’s intensity. The only thing to remember when watching this film is to watch it in its original format with subtitles rather than the dubbed English version in order to add authenticity.

The film is in Chinese Mandarin with English subtitles.

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OTHER FOREIGN LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of foreign language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the language advantage.

We’ve picked out a selection of our top foreign language movies in other, rarer languages, most with subtitles in English. It’ll help you to get more familiar with the foreign language and is a great way to appreciate the culture from various countries.


Arabic Language Films and Movies

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Under the Bombs (2007) DVD DVD
Le Grand Voyage (2004) DVD DVD
Wall (2004) DVD DVD
Divine Intervention (2002) DVD DVD
West Beirut [& French] (1998) DVD DVD
Halfaouine (1990) DVD DVD

Greek Language Films and Movies

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A Touch of Spice (2003) DVD DVD
My Big Fat Greek Wedding [& English] (2002) DVD DVD
Captain Morelli’s Mandolin [& English] (2001) DVD DVD
Stella (1955) DVD DVD

Russian Language Films and Movies

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Barber of Siberia (1998) DVD DVD
Burnt by the Sun (1994) DVD DVD
Come and See (1985) DVD DVD
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980) DVD not available
Stalker (1979) DVD DVD
Dersu Uzala (1975) DVD                blu-ray DVD
Mirror (1974) DVD DVD
Solaris (1971) DVD                blu-ray DVD                 blu-ray
War and Peace (1967) DVD                blu-ray DVD                  
Battleship Potemkin (1925) DVD                blu-ray DVD

More Language Films and Movies

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Polish
The Saragossa Manuscript
  DVD DVD
Polish
Blind Chance
(1981) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Linha de Passe
(2008) not available DVD
Portuguese
Foreign Land
(2007) not available DVD
Portuguese
Favela Rising
(2005) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Carandiru
(2003) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Behind the Sun
(2002) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Bus 174
(2002) DVD DVD
Portuguese
City of God
Cidade de Deus
(2002) DVD               blu-ray DVD                  blu-ray
Portuguese
Capitaes de Abril
(2000) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Central Station
Central do Brasil
(1998) DVD DVD
Portuguese
Black Orpheus
(1958) DVD               blu-ray DVD
Serbo-Croatian
No Man’s Land
(2001) DVD DVD
Swedish
Everlasting Moments
(2008) DVD               blu-ray not available
Swedish
Frostbite
(2006) DVD DVD
Swedish
The Sacrifice
(1986) DVD DVD
Swedish
Hour of the Wolf
(1968) DVD DVD
Swedish
The Seventh Seal
(1958) DVD               blu-ray DVD                 blu-ray
Tamil
The Terrorist
(1998) DVD DVD
       
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GERMAN LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of German language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the German language advantage.

We’ve picked out a selection of our top German foreign language movies. It’ll help you to get more familiar with the German language and is a great way to appreciate the culture from various German-speaking countries.


German Language Films   and Movies

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Waltz with Bashir (Hebrew/German) (2008) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray
Revanche         (German/Russian) (2008) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD
The Lives of Others (2007) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray
Four Minutes (2006) DVD DVD
Tough Enough (2006) not available DVD
Downfall
Der Unetrgang
(2005) DVD
DVD                    Blu-ray
Sophie Scholl (2005) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray  
Nowhere in Africa (2003) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD  
Goodbye Lenin! (2002) DVD DVD  
Aimee & Jaguar (1999) DVD DVD  
Run Lola Run
Lola Rennt
(1998) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray
Faraway, So Close! (1993) DVD VHS only  
Europa, Europa (1992) DVD DVD  
Wings of Desire (1987) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD                    Blu-ray  
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) DVD DVD  
The Tin Drum (1979) DVD                     Blu-ray DVD  
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FRENCH LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of French language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the French language advantage.

We’ve picked out a selection of our top French foreign language movies. It’ll help you to get more familiar with the French language and is a great way to appreciate the culture from various French-speaking countries.


French Language Films and Movies

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The Class
Entre Les Murs
(2009) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD
I’ve Loved You So Long
Il y a longtemps que je tâ??aime
(2008) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Paris (2008) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD
Persepolis (2008) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
La Vie en Rose (2007) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD
Moliere (2007) DVD DVD
Bamako (2007) DVD DVD
Tell  No-one
No Le Dis a Personne
(2006) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
District 13 (2006) DVD        DVD                      Blu-ray
36 (2006) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
March of the Penguins (2005) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
The Beat that my Heart Skipped (2004) DVD DVD
The Chorus
Les Choristes
(2004) DVD DVD
Le Grand Voyage (2004) DVD DVD
Time of the Wolf (2003) DVD DVD
L’Homme du Train (2003) DVD DVD
The Triplets of Belleville (2003) DVD DVD
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
La Folie, Pas Du Tout
(2002) DVD DVD
Intimacy (2001) DVD DVD
The Piano Teacher
La Pianiste
(2001) DVD DVD
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) DVD DVD                      Blu-ray
Amelie (2001) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Nikita (2000) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                     
Three Colours Red
Trois Couleurs Rouge
(1994) DVD DVD
Three Colours White
Trois Couleurs Blanc
(1993) DVD DVD
Three Colours Blue
Trois Couleurs Bleu
(1993) DVD DVD
Delicatessen (1991) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
The Double Life of Veronique
La Double Vie de Veronique
(1991) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) DVD                       DVD
La Femme Nikita (1990) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                     
Manon des Sources (1986) DVD DVD
Jean de Florette (1986) DVD DVD
Indochine (1981) DVD                       DVD
Last Metro (1980) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD
Belle de Jour (1967) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Jules et Jim (1961) DVD DVD
Breathless
A Bout de Souffle
(1959) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
400 Blows
Les Quatre Cents Coups
(1959) DVD                       Blu-ray DVD
Les Vacances De M.Hulot (1953) DVD DVD                      Blu-ray
Jour de Fete (1949) DVD DVD
 
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of English language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the English language advantage.

We’ve picked out a selection of our top English language movies. It’ll help you to get more familiar with the English language and is a great way to appreciate the culture from various English-speaking countries.


English Language Films and Movies

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona
(English/Spanish/Catalan)
(2009) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Slumdog Millionaire [English/Hindi/Urdu] (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Mamma Mia! (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Burn after Reading (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Taken (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Quantum of Solace (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
The Dark Knight (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Rocknrolla (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Kung Fu Panda (2008) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Lost in Austen (2008) DVD DVD
The Pianist (2003) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Chicago (2003) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Gosford Park (2002) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD
My Big Fat Greek Wedding [& Greek] (2002) DVD DVD
About a Boy (2002) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) DVD Special DVD   Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Mulholland Drive (2001) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Moulin Rouge [& French] (2001) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Captain Morelli’s Mandolin [& Greek] (2001) DVD DVD
East is East (2000) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Billy Elliot (2000) DVD DVD
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1999) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Notting Hill (1999) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Shakespeare in Love (1998) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
The Full Monty (1997) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD
Brassed Off (1997) DVD DVD
Fargo (1996) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Romeo & Juliet (1996) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
The English Patient (1996) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD
Trainspotting (1996) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
Pride & Prejudice (1996) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
French Kiss [+ French] (1995) DVD                           DVD
Pulp Fiction (1994) DVD                           DVD                              Blu-ray
Muriel’s Wedding (1994) DVD DVD
Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert (1994) DVD DVD
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD
The Piano (1993) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              
Strictly Ballroom (1992) DVD DVD                              Blu-ray
Thelma and Louise (1991) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              
Truly Madly Deeply   [+ Spanish] (1991) DVD DVD
Pretty Woman (1990) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
When Harry Met Sally (1989) DVD DVD
Dead Poet’s Society (1989) DVD DVD
Out of Africa (1985) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              Blu-ray
A Clockwork Orange (1971) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD Special DVD      Blu-ray
Walkabout (1970) DVD                           Blu-ray DVD                              
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coming soon!

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CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIES

Take a look at our selection of Chinese language films, read our film reviews and let the movies motivate you to get the Chinese language advantage.

We’ve picked out a selection of our top Chinese foreign language movies (Mandarin and Cantonese). It’ll help you to get more familiar with the Chinese language and is a great way to appreciate the culture from various Chinese-speaking countries.


Chinese Language Films and Movies

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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Curse of the Golden Flower (2007) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                     
Fearless (2006) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Kung Fu Hustle (2005) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
2046 (Cantonese) (2005) DVD DVD
Hero (2004) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
House of the Flying Daggers (2004) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                       
Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress (2003) DVD DVD  
Zhou Yu’s Train (2002) DVD DVD  
Shaolin Soccer (Cantonese) (2001) DVD DVD                      Blu-ray  
Beijing Bicycle (2001) DVD DVD  
The Emperor and the Assassin (2000) DVD DVD  
In the mood for love (2000) DVD DVD  
The Road Home (2000) DVD DVD  
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray  
In the Mood for Love (2000) DVD DVD Special DVD  
Eat Drink Man Woman (1995) DVD VHS only  
Chungking Express (1994) VHS only          Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray  
Farewell my Concubine (1993) DVD VHS only  
The Last Emperor (1987) DVD                  Blu-ray DVD                      Blu-ray  
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World Cinema

Watching a foreign language movie is a great way to learn a new language, improve existing language skills and to find out about a foreign country and its culture. Buy a DVD in a foreign language and you can choose both the language you watch in and the language of the subtitles. You’ll be amazed at how much you can already understand. Film is a great language learning resource and makes a great gift too. Motivate yourself with a movie!


Our top 10 foreign language films

01 Downfall German
02 House of the Flying Dagger Chinese
03 Motorcycle Diaries Spanish
04 Amelie French
05 Il Postino Italian
06 Life is Beautiful Italian
07 Y Tu Mama Tambien Spanish
08 Delicatessen French
09 Spirited Away Japanese
10 Manon des Sources French


Foreign language movies by language

We have selected the most popular foreign language movies for you:

Chinese language movies
English language movies
French language movies
German language movies
Hindi language movies
Italian language movies
Japanese language movies
Spanish language movies
Other foreign language movies


Foreign language film reviews

This is where we tell you what we really think about foreign language films on language advantage! We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite foreign language movies and written a short review of each. They are all very different, but excellent viewing – and of course will motivate you to get the language advantage.

Chinese language film reviews
French language film reviews
German language film reviews
Hindi language film reviews
Italian language film reviews
Japanese language film reviews
Spanish language film reviews
Film reviews in other languages


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