There are simply too many great films in languages other than English to count. This is good news, however, for any cinephile, student, or generally bilingual or multilingual person. Here are just a few recommendations:
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)
This French tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has been translated into most languages and is loved by many children, and adults. Recently, and much to the delight of many, it was made into a feature film. As a young girl is prepared for life by her mother, she meets the Aviator, who shows her an amazing world that he experienced with the help of the Little Prince. It’s a journey many have taken and will enjoy taking again in this beautiful film.
Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)
In this film, a Jewish family emigrates from Germany to Africa just prior to WWII as anti-Jewish sentiment grows. They arrive in Kenya and start a farm. Life and the war continue, bringing drama, struggles, and love. This dramatic film was awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 75th Academy Awards.
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)
This romantic story is both dramatic and amusing. Tita, a young Mexican girl, falls in love with Pedro, but they cannot marry because, traditionally, Tita’s older sister must marry and Tita must live to care for their mother. As she pines for Pedro and other events—both happy and unfortunate—occur throughout her life, Tita finds the only true way to express her emotions is through her cooking, which has some unforeseen and amusing consequences. Based upon a popular novel, this film is lovely and romantic, though it should be noted that it is also rated R.
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