Foreign Language Films

Collecting all my reviews on Foreign language films in one handy place.

The Guilty is Gustav Möller’s 85 minute film of passive intensity. Written and directed by Möller and in combination with Jasper J. Spanning’s up close and personal cinematography it is everything that you would expect from a chamber piece/chamber drama. Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) has been put onto call centre duty […]

The Guilty

Over the past week at the Cambridge Film Festival I have been watching a lot of films and the most wonderful thing about that is that about 80-90% of them have been foreign language film. Having such a variety of film from a variety of countries certainly lead to a […]


Mug (or Twarz which is Polish for “face” or “mug”) is the latest film written and directed by Małgorzata Szumowska. This darkly comedic film won the Silver Bear (runner up award) at the 68th Berlin Film Festival. This really is a film of two halves: the first being the snapshot into the […]

Mug (Twarz)

László Nemes returns to the big screen with Sunset, a stylish follow-up to the critically acclaimed and award-winning WWII film Son of Saul. Set in Budapest before the First World War and nearing the end days of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Írisz Leiter (newcomer Juli Jakab) returns to Budapest to apply […]

Sunset (Napszállta)

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 Palme D’or winning film Shoplifters is a beautiful family centred drama that totally engrosses and captivates from the beginning. Whilst there are no big dramatic moments, it is the minutiae of the behaviours and interactions of everyone involved that draws you into their little world and […]


Film festivals do a great job of shining a light on those films that might not otherwise get a release or, if they do, aren’t available to a wider audience. The Cambridge Film Festival has made an effort this year to highlight some of the films from the lower producing […]

Secret Ingredient

Depicting the burgeoning drug trade in Colombia from the 1960s through to the late 1970s from the perspective of an indigenous tribe, the Wayuu, Birds of Passage is split into five chapters (or songs as they are called here). Highlighting the way that songs are a way traditions are passed […]

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano)

Working as a customs officer for the Swedish Border Agency, Tina (Eva Melander) uses her unique ability to sniff out wrongdoers. Her unusually acute sense of smell allows her to detect any guilt or shame of the passengers as they pass her checkpoint. But it isn’t her strange ability that […]

Border (Gräns)

After some indecision about which film to watch on the closing night, it came down to sticking with what you know or taking a gamble. And so, with no small amount of trepidation, a punt was taken at the Cambridge Film Festival on the unknown Surprise Film over Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. […]


Not really sure where to start with this 2018 version of Suspiria. Having only watched Dario Argento’s original after the announcement of this new version everything should be fairly fresh in my mind. I found Argento’s film to be visually appealing, atmospheric and certainly a little bit weird but was not […]