As we’re getting close to the end of 2022, I want to share the best foreign films I have watched this year.
Mainstream movies aren’t just Hollywood blockbusters or the occasional British comedy anymore. With the rise of mass home cinema in the last ten years and the fact that you can get almost anything on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming services like Netflix, world cinema has finally moved past the point where it was only for experts or something you might find on TV late at night.
In the past few years, more and more foreign films have become popular in the United States. Roma, by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, is a great example. These fantastic stories are just waiting to be seen.
So, I’ve put together a list to help you discover more great foreign films from around the world.
Here are 10 foreign films I watched last year and where to look for them. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Donkeyote is a heartwarming documentary about an old Andalucian farmer who wants to travel to the United States with his dog and donkey. There is no definite line between what is “staged” and what is real in Donkeyote, a movie inspired by the classic comic-heroic Don Quijote by Cervantes.
The main character is a natural performer: his rough voice emerges from the shadow of his wide-brimmed cowboy hat. We see him telling stories to his daughter, reciting poems in a bar, and making up songs on the spot. Manolo’s journeys are filmed by Pereira and the talented cameraman Julian Schwanitz in wide, long shots reminding us of old American Westerns.
This movie shows the beautiful scenery of the south of Spain, the strange things the man does to get ready for his trip, and how he gets along with his human and animal family. The long-shot scenes alternate with close-up moments of Manolo singing and talking to his dog and donkey. The documentary story is also surprisingly funny because the main character is naive and has an odd plan for how to travel.
You can rent the movie for $3.99 on Amazon.
How many of these foreign films have you watched in 2022?
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