Foreign Language Films

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


Ildikó Enyedi‘s film, On Body and Soul is a beautiful film. Slightly off-kilter but beautiful none-the-less. Endre, CFO of a slaughterhouse, is almost universally liked within the workplace, it is clear that he has a steady life here and is content with his lot. When a replacement quality inspector, Maria, is […]

On Body and Soul



Thelma is another growing up story, a finding yourself/coming of age tale with a twist. As Norway’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars and much like Julia Ducournau‘s Raw, it centres around a young, socially inexperienced girl called Thelma as she begins a new stage of […]

Thelma



Takashi Miike is back (did he ever really go away?) Blade of the Immortal follows a Manji, a warrior, who, after a breathtaking opening sequence where he takes on multiple combatants, is mortally wounded. His death is postponed by the strange and mystical Yaobikuni and her life-giving bloodworms. Now that […]

Blade of the Immortal 



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Part of, and the final teaser screening for, the London Korean Film Festival being shown at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess is outwardly an action-revenge story but it has much more to it than that. Part drama, part noir/thriller/crime/mystery, it certainly tries to mix things up. The opening […]

The Villainess



Totally worth a watch as it still looks great and works really well, solid performances and a compelling story, based on real life, give this film more weight than it would have otherwise but it flows well and keeps your interest throughout.

Memories of Murder



After a robbery goes wrong horribly Kenneth (Kevin Janssens) is left behind as Dave (Jeroen Perceval – Bullhead which I am keen to see after watching this film) and Sylvie (Veerle Baetens) make off with nothing. At the trial Kenneth keeps his mouth shut about Dave and Sylvie being part […]

D’Ardennen (The Ardennes)



With some really good jump scares and with its slow building, creeping dread, Under the Shadow works so well.

Under the Shadow 



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The Host mostly is ridiculous but also fun, stupid and keeps moving along at a good pace.

The Host 



The film looks great in glorious black and white and it is really well acted by Olivia Bond as young Francesca and particularly by Kika Magalhaes as the adolescent and fully grown lonely woman.

The Eyes of My Mother



Missing is a 2016 Korean film that follows the story of a struggling, overworked mother, Ji-sun, fighting for custody of her daughter with her ex-husband, Hyeon-ik. Whilst this is coming to a head Ji-sun’s Korean-Chinese nanny, Han-mae, absconds with the baby. It takes a while for the film to get into […]

Missing