Five “Foreign” Films, first set quest

These are trailers of the first five films on a list I’m compiling of “foreign” films–as in films not produced in America. This is a search for substance and meaning in the movie industry outside of Hollywood. I’m looking beyond borders for connections with the rest of the world regarding the human condition as portrayed via film media. All genres are welcome.  Also,visual artistry, performance, and music are all of interest. If you have suggestions for this list, please share the titles and/or trailers via a comment.

Note: The information text for each film is from the uploader sources cited for each trailer.


Blue Is the Warmest Color ~ France


15-year-old Adèle knows two things: she’s a girl, and a girl goes out with boys. The day she glimpses the blue streaks in Emma’s hair on the main square, she feels that her life is going to change. Alone with her teenage questions, she transforms the way she looks at herself and the way that others look at her. In her intensely close relationship with Emma, she is fulfilled as a woman and as an adult. But Adèle doesn’t know how to make peace, neither with her parents, nor with this world full of absurd morals, nor with herself.


The Broken Circle Breakdown


Elise is 28 and owns her own tattoo parlour. 36-year-old Didier is a Flemish cowboy who plays the banjo in a band. Although in many respects they are as alike as day and night, somehow their characters match perfectly and the arrival of their baby, Maybelle, makes their happiness complete. Life is good until one day, fate intervenes, and they lose their daughter.


An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker ~ 


Acclaimed director Danis Tanovic won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for this unflinching exposé of the prejudices faced by Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Roma minority, starring the real-life couple whose harrowing ordeal became a national scandal.


The Missing Picture ~Cambodia

New Wave Films



Highlighted as one of the most important films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where the jury headed by Thomas Vinterberg gave it the fully deserved award. Just like ‘The Act of Killing’, the Cambodian Rithy Panh deals with the impossible question of how a film can relate historically to a genocide. Over two million people died under Pol Pot’s dictatorship from 1975 to 1979. A period, during which all existing photos and film footage were created by the terror regime’s propaganda machine. Panh himself was 13 years old, and the film is based on his own and his family’s memories of the four dark years that followed. But how does one portray a past of which there exists no pictures? Panh’s answer is to recreate it in the form of miniature figurines, hand-painted and shaped in clay, which stand for the regime’s victims, while a single voice quietly shares its testimony: ‘People say, that their souls will wander all over the earth.’ The paradoxical poetry in Panh’s choice of words (and in the skilfully detailed clay figures) is not just a historical documentation of a past out of reach. It is a protest against inhumanity everywhere and throughout the times.


The Hunt ~ Denmark


A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.



  1. January 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Hello, here are four of my absolute favorite german movies if it helps. They are not as new as those you just presented though.ürdige_Verhalten_geschlechtsreifer_Großstädter_zur_Paarungszeit: one of my favorite comedies–: _We_Children_from_Bahnhof_Zoo: this movie has probably convinced millions of young people NOT to become drug addicts, absolutely hilarious incredibly poetic movie, Wim Wenders called it a “poem in pictures”
    Enjoy your week-end! 🙂

  2. penpusherpen said,

    January 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Dropping by to say HI, Eva, I will catch up with Sarge soon, missed you all and it’s good to be home amongst good friends again. I shall be back to sample the above trailers but for now, warmest of hugs to you. xxPenxx

    • January 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      PEN! You absolute Tease! Are you able to be online again? I so dealy hope so. Have sorely missed your presence and wit. Oh you’ve got plans for Sarge, have you? Hmmm. Just in time.Welcome home, Pen. 🙂 Enjoy the shrimp lo mein and coconut cookies. ((((Smoking Dragon Hugs))))

      • penpusherpen said,

        January 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        OOOooo, Sarge, my dream date, my … Smoking Dragon? You seen Fyrespike, he’s not been talking to me lately, in a huff methinks. *cough* 😉 xx

      • January 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        Ahhh just give Fyrespike a fresh load of fire and brimstone and he’ll cozy right back up to you in no time flat.
        As for Sarge, heads up, Lily is never too far away! LOL.

  3. January 13, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Here’s an older one … one of the best (yet no-frills) documentaries I’ve ever seen, “Darwin’s Nightmare”.

    “Darwin’s Nightmare is a 2004 Austrian-French-Belgian documentary film written and directed by Hubert Sauper, dealing with the environmental and social effects of the fishing industry around Lake Victoria in Tanzania. It premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, and was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Documentary Feature at the 78th Academy Awards. The Boston Globe called it ‘the year’s best documentary about the animal world.’ ”

    “Children in Angola receive weapons on Christmas Day, European children receive grapes. That’s business but I wish all children could receive grapes.”

    • January 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Dennis, thank you for sharing this film. Great suggestion! I like the way your Vizsla mind works.
      Sorry that your comment didn’t appear here until now. Some computer gremelin sent it to the spam can and I had to fish out from all the real trash. But I FOUND it. 🙂

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