There’s a particular kind of fun that comes from watching a foreign language movie. You can’t really understand what they’re saying, and you have to read the lines — and between them, too.
Despite vaccinations drives across the world, travel is still restricted. And that seems to be the case — at least internationally — for some time. Cooped up at home, this is an opportunity to take a step back and learn new things, especially about other cultures. As the world unites to combat this pandemic, it’s time we read between the lines of different storytelling. We found the best foreign movies on Netflix to binge-watch right now.
The Platform (2019)
This Spanish sci-fi thriller will mainline chills down your spine as the plot unfolds into a dystopian metaphor, which is eerily similar to the current situation of the world. When two prisoners living on a platform with a limited source of food begin fighting with each other, then the perfect story of the survival of the fittest ensues.
Wild tales (2014)
Karma in 15 minutes. This is ‘Wild Tales’ in a nutshell. This Spanish black comedy anthology film depicts the themes of vengeance and violence through six stand-alone films. The brilliantly written mini-stories are bound to leave your jaw drop with every twist ending. Bonus: It was a Palm d’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
Invisible Guest (2016)
‘Invisible Guest’ is one of the best mystery thrillers of the last decade, period. After the murder of his lover, a man is coiled in a mystery to protect his alibi but his innocence seems unlikely when his past creeps in. This Spanish thriller will have you glued to your screens until after the movie is over.
Looking for another hair-raising horror movie on Netflix? This Spanish movie is the one you should stream. The plot may seem rather mediocre at first where a game of Ouija is used to summon an entity, but soon the story takes new turns to depict that evil doesn’t just last till the game.
Train to Busan (2016)
If you’re not interested in reading or watching the news anymore that keeps replaying the daunting reality of the world at the moment, then switch to a fiction one on Netflix. ‘Train to Busan’ is a South Korean zombie apocalypse movie that takes you on a ride with its captivating performances and cinematic fluidity.
A Senegalese story of love, migration, crime, struggles, and ghosts, and at the centre of it is the Atlantic Ocean. The plot focuses on topics like refugee crises amidst an emotional setting. This Netflix drama won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2019, making its director Mati Diop first the first black woman to direct a film featured in a competition at the festival.
There are only a few movies that have managed to frame disturbing moments in a visually aesthetic appeal. ‘Burning’ is one such movie. Another South Korean gem, ‘Burning’ is based on a short story Barn Burning from The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami, an author known for his vivid wordplay and graphic detailing.
‘Forgotten’ is a story of two brothers that kickstarts when one of the brothers gets abducted. While the plot keeps you cemented till the climax, the screenplay gets slightly exhausting in between. But, it’s worth a watch if you’re a sucker for a good mystery thriller.
On Body and Soul (2017)
This Hungarian drama is heavy, intense, and almost surreal. Imagine if you develop a liking for something as they share the same dreams as you, sounds perfectly normal, right? Well, not when you meet someone in a slaughterhouse. This brooding tale of two lovers in an urban pastoral is worth a weekend binge.
I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)
This French rom-com promises to give you just the right amount of laughs in a gender-reversed world. The movie rips asunder the notions of the matriarchal world when a man, who has fallen for a girl in a matriarchal family, tries to decipher and fit into this ‘new’ world.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India.