12 Greatest Foreign Language Films of The Decade (2000-2010)

In this list we have compiled 12 foreign language films from around the globe. The motion pictures are selected right after a survey on them. These movies have received multiple awards and got excellent rating by the critics as nicely as the audience.

12. Mesrine – France

Mesrine Killer instinct public enemy film


Jacques Mesrine was a French criminal of 1960&#8242s and 1970&#8242s, responsible for several robberies, kidnappings and murders. He, in his autobiography, which he wrote in prison, confessed about the 40 plus murders committed by him. Two films were filmed about Mesrine’s life. Film’s initial part, Killer Instinct and the second component, Public Enemy are based on Mesrine’s autobiography. The script is written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and directed by Jean Francois Richet.  Mesrine’s role is played by Vincent Cassel. Mesrine was not alone in all the committed crimes. The stunning and bold Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France) helped him all the way. The film was received nicely among critics and audience. Imdb rated the movie as 7.5/ten and Rotten Tomatoes rated it as 7.three/ten.

11. Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorkh) – Iran

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Crimson Gold

The film Crimson Gold was released in 2003, directed by Jafar Panahi and written by Abbas Kiarostami. The film was not released in Iran because of it’s dark script and filming. The movie won different awards, which includes Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Award, Chicago International Film Festival’s Gold Hugo, Tbilisi International Film Festival’s Golden Prometheus and Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival. The film is about Hussain, a pizza delivery driver, badly frustrated and disturbed by the social injustice and the imbalance in the society. The film is rated at 7.5 on 10, each on Imdb and RottenTomatoes.

ten. And Your Mother Too (Y Tu Mamá También) – Mexico

And Your Mother Also

And Your Mother Too was released in 2001. The movie is directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film is about two teenage boys abandoned by their girlfriends and a lonely older lady. The trio goes on a road trip were she teaches them factors about life, friendship and seduction. The film won numerous awards such as New York Film Critics Circle Award for Finest Foreign Language Film, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Finest Foreign Language Film, Venice Film Festival’s Best Screenplay award and Independent Spirit Award for Very best Foreign Film. Matacritics assigned the film a normalized rating of 88 on 100, Imdb rates it at 7.eight and RottenTomatoes received the film positively with a rating of eight/ten.

9. Spring, Summer time, Fall, Winter… And Spring (Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom) – South Korea| Germany

Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring - Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom

Spring, Summer season, Fall, Winter… And Spring

It’s a South Korean film released in 2003, directed by Kim Ki-duk, and stars Su Oh-yeong, Kim Young-min, Seo Jae-kyung, and Kim Jong-ho. The director has acted in the film as a man in the final stage of life. The film is about an old monk living in a temple by a lake. The monk teaches a young boy to turn into a monk as the seasons and years pass by. The film had a fresh and good reception. Each the critics and the audience loved the film. The popular film critic Roger Ebert included the film in his list of Excellent films. Both Imdb and RottenTomatoes rated the film at 8.1/10.

8. Old Boy (Oldeuboi) – Sourh Korea

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Old Boy

Old Boy (2003) is a film about a man who was kidnapped and kept in a pathetic cell for 15 years. He was clueless about his imprisonment’s purpose. Immediately after 15 years of painful and torturous imprisonment, he is released, well equiped with money, clothing and a cell telephone. He then struggles to locate out his kidnapper and the explanation behind the kidnapping. It is rated as eight.four/1o on Imdb and 7.three/ten on RottenTomatoes.

7. In The Mood For Love (Fa Yeung Nin Wa) – Hong Kong | France

In The Mood for Love Fa Yeung Nin Wa

In The Mood for Enjoy

InThe Mood For Really like (2000) is directed by Wong Kar-wai and stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. The film takes us to Hong Kong in 1962. The film is about two married couples living in the very same neighbourhood. Chow Mo-Wan is a newspaper editor and Li-zhen, a secretary by profession is married to an executive. They share a lot in typical. Soon they discover about their spouse’s added marital affairs. Disheartened and broken by this, they uncover comfort and solace in eachother. The film won various awards including 2000 Cannes Film Festival’s Finest Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) award,  2000 Cannes Film Festival’s Technical Grand Prize (Christopher Doyle, Lee Ping-bing, William Chang), Very best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai),  Finest Actress (Maggie Cheung) and Finest Art Direction (William Chang) at 2001 Hong Kong Film Awards. The film also won Greatest Foreign Language Film at 2002 National Society of Film Critics (USA), 2001 César Awards, 2001 German Film Awards, 2001 New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 2002 Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards and 2001 British Independent Film Awards. It is rated as eight.1/1o on Imdb and 7.6/10 on RottenTomatoes.

6. four Months, three Weeks And two Days (4 Luni, three Saptamâni Zi two Zile) – Romania | Belgium

four Months, three Weeks And 2 Days

four Months, three Weeks And 2 Days is a Romanian film released in 2007. The film is written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. It won the Palme d’Or and the FIPRESCI Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about a girl who assists her buddy to arrange an illegal abortion. The movie is set in 1980&#8242s Romanian era. The film effectively won many awards such as Best European Film award at European Film Awards, Hollywood Globe Award (Very best Film) at Hollywood Film Festival, FIPRESCI Film of the Year at San Sebastián International Film Festival, Bronze Horse (Best Film) at Stockholm Film Festival, Prime Five Foreign Films at National Board of Assessment,  Finest Foreign Film at Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Film at Sight &amp Sound Films of 2007. The film also won the Greatest Foreign language Film award by Chicago Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and Toronto Film Critics Association. It is rated as 7.9/1o on Imdb and eight.three/ten on RottenTomatoes.

5. Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) – Spain

Talk To Her - Hable Con Ella

Speak to Her

The movie is about four characters: Two men, Benigno and Marco who meet at a private clinic and two girls who are in deep coma. They begin sharing an odd friendship as they take care of their girlfriends. The story revolves around the past, present and future of the four characters, top to their destiny. The movie was released in 2002, written and directed by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar and contains popular stars Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin and Rosario Flores. The film won the 2002 Academy Award for Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and the 2003 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The renowned film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel integrated Talk to Her in their list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Movies. Paul Schrader areas the film at 46 on list of the 60 greatest films. The film received multiple awards at many film festivals. It is rated as 8.1/1o on Imdb and 8.1/ten on RottenTomatoes.

4. A One and a Two (Yi Yi) – Taiwan | Japan

Yi Yi

A One particular and a Two

Yi Yi is a Taiwanese film released in 2000. The film is written and directed by Edward Yang. It is about the emotional struggles of a businessman and the lives of his middle-class Taiwanese loved ones living in Taipei. The three generations of the family are a portion of this struggle. The movie is starring Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin and Issei Ogata. The film was received well by the film critics. It won many awards. New York Instances, Newsweek, USA Today the Village Voice, Film Comment, the Chicago Reader, and the author Susan Sontag declared the film the best film of 2001. It won several critics awards and many awards for the best film and the finest foreign film of the year. It is rated as 7.9/1o on Imdb and eight.2/10 on RottenTomatoes.

3. Let The Proper One particular In (Låt den Rätte Komma In) – Sweden

Let the right one in

Let The Appropriate 1 In

Let The Appropriate A single (2008) is a romantic horror film set in1982&#8242s Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg. A 12 year old boy Oscar falls in enjoy with a beautiful but strange girl. The girl cannot tolerate sun and food and requires blood to survive. Later it turns out that she is a vampire. The movie is directed by Tomas Alfredson and stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar. The film received many awards which includes the “Founders Award for Finest Narrative Feature” at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, Finest Foreign Language Film by Austin Film Critics Association and the European Amazing Film Festivals Federation’s 2008 Méliès d’Or (Golden Méliès) for the “Best European Wonderful Function Film”. It also won four Guldbagge Awards from the Swedish Film Institute. It is rated at eight.1/10 on Imdb and 8.two/ten on RottenTomatoes.

2. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto Del Fauno)

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth is a Spanish fantasy film, released in 2006. The film stands at number 2 in the list of 12 finest foreign language films of the decade. The movie is written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro and stars Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López. It is rated as 8.4/10 on Imdb and 8.6/ten on RottenTomatoes. It is Alice in The Wonderland for adults. The movie is set in 1944 in Spain. It is about the stepdaughter of an army office. The girl finds solace among books. A single day she escapes this planet and enters a captivating world total of fantasy and adventure. The film won Academy Awards for Greatest Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Very best Makeup. Other awards incorporate “Best Film” award at the 2007 Spacey Awards,and “Best Science Fiction Film, Television Film, or Mini-Series of 2006&#8243 at the 2007 Constellation Awards.It also won the Hugo Award for Greatest Dramatic Presentation, Long Type in 2007 and the BAFTA award for Greatest Non English film.

1. City of God (Cidade de Deus) – Brazil | France

City of God

City of God

City of God(2002) is a Brazilian crime film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. The movie beats all the foreign language films of the decade and stands at quantity 1. The film is about two young boys brought up witnessing violence, hatred and crime. They live in the same neighbourhood. Following expanding up one particular becomes a photographer and the other a drug dealer. The movie has twists and thrill. City of God is rated eight.eight on Imdb and eight.three on RottenTomatoes. It received admiration and positive response. The film won many awards for the Very best Foreign Language film at Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Satellite Awards, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards and Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. It had 4 Academy Award Nominations as nicely.

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