So you want to be a cinephile, huh? If you had to Google search what that word even means, then strap on your seatbelts – we’ve got a bit of educating to do here.
You’re welcome, now let’s read along.
Here are five international films you need to see to be a true movie buff.
The 400 Blows (1959)
This French New Wave drama and coming of age film follows a young outcast, Antoine as he struggles to find his place in the world. Though he is charismatic, creative and street smart, he is labelled as a foolish, lying troublemaker with no future ahead of him. Ideal if you feel like viewing a bit of old fashioned rebel behaviour!
The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)
The beautiful Scandinavian landscape and great cinematic direction, doesn’t take away the horror of not being believed by those closest to you. Lucas becomes the target of attacks from his community, after he’s wrongly accused of sexually abusing a young girl. As Lucas’ life spirals out of control, you can’t help but feel like you’re spiralling with him. If you want to feel stressed out, this is the perfect flick 🙃
And Your Mother Too (Y Tu Mamá También) (2001)
This film is the epitome of road movies! Following the journey of two teenage best friends Julio and Tenoch, as they road trip to a faraway beach with a beautiful twenty-something year old woman. The boys drive through the ride of their lives in Julio’s decrepit station wagon on the long and dusty road to nowhere. It’s beautiful, messy, confusing and heartbreaking- just like how real life actually is. Wholesome and confronting all at the same time!
Spirited Away (2001)
I’m sure we’re all familiar with this Studio Ghibli classic! Spirited Away follows Chihiro, a 10 year old girl who accidentally enters a magical world of spirits while exploring her new neighbourhood. This is the door to Miyazaki’s magical world of anime!
Nosferatu is the Dracula of all Dracula’s, starting the vampire trend in the horror movie genre which would last forever. This version follows an unknowing couple, as they are lured by the dark and mysterious Count Orlok to his Transylvanian castle in remote mountains. Extra brownie points if you make it through this silent film!
Congratulations, you are now a Fizzz approved movie buff!