If you are bored senseless of Hollywood, here are 5 foreign movies that will definitely keep you entertained:


    – Malena (2000)

The struggle of a widow living in Italy in WWII. Most people watch this for the kid’s teenage fantasies (which, by the way, require adult supervision), but the movie still captures the Italian society at that time and how women were perceived. Malena, well played by the beautiful Monica Bellucci, is an authentic Italian masterpiece.

[Official Trailer]


– City of God (2002)

Again, this one captures ‘true’ Rio de Janeiro and how Brazilian kids can end up being prestigious gang members as well as professional photographers. If you’re into ghetto-capturing movies, City of God is definitely one of the most (if not the most) realistic and touching ones out there. I don’t know why, but this one always reminds me of Gorillaz’s Kids with Guns.

[Movie Intro: Chicken Chase]


– The Intouchables (2011)

Moving to French comedy, I had a great time watching this on a Friday night with a snack and an ice-cold drink. A millionaire hires a young man from the ghettos to take care of him after having an accident. It’s the chill type of movie. You get to enjoy the events, the funny situations, and the spontaneous acting of Omar Sy (playing the care-taker). This is definitely one of the best foreign comedies I have ever come across.

[Official Trailer]


– Spirited Away (2001)

I don’t have much to say about this Japanese anime. A girl moving with her family to a new house. The family takes the wrong turn on their way and nothing is the same. I really admire the motion picture soundtrack for this one.

[OST: One Summer’s Day]


    – La Haine (1995)

Police brutality, racism, riots, and looters. La Haine is the everlasting conflict between the police and the projects. Starring Vincent Cassel in one of his earlier (and best, in my opinion) works, featuring Reggae legend Marley in the intro, La Haine is a French masterpiece.

[Vinz doing Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver]