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Great Foreign Films

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)comoaguabig

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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Watch More Foreign Films

Most of the time, there is a small, specific group of people who enjoy watching foreign films. Even fewer enjoy watching them with subtitles, or free of dubbing and subtitles completely. This is an unfortunate thing, because there is much to be gained, beyond entertainment, from watching foreign films.

Cultural Experience

Cultures besides your own express things in different ways. They choose varying characters from those to which you’re accustomed, have unique tales to tell, and tell those stories differently. In some cases, their culture and history may be the origin of a certain type of character or storytelling. By avoiding foreign films, you’re missing out on opportunities for new and original experiences you simply won’t get from films in your native language, and from your native culture.


La famille Belier dvdPerhaps you do watch foreign films, but you insist on watching those without subtitles. If that’s the case, you are still missing out. Dubbing removes the nuances of acting and storytelling found in tone and inflection. You miss how an actor naturally and originally expresses something in the moment, and instead hear a basic interpretation that is more focused on translation than emotion.


Finally, watching a foreign film engages your mind and improves your language learning skills. If you have experience in a second language, watching a film is a fun way to exercise your knowledge. If you’re learning a language, you can step away from the textbooks for a while and enjoy learning a little differently. If you have no second language experience at all, you can still learn a great deal by watching, listening, and reading. Over time, you may find you understand enough to turn off those subtitles and experience the film as it was meant to be seen and heard.

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