13 Unmissable Foreign Movies of the Decade You Can Stream Online

13 Unmissable Foreign Movies of the Decade You Can Stream Online

By Delnaz Divecha29 April, 2020 5 min read
13 Unmissable Foreign Movies of the Decade You Can Stream Online

Foreign movies are the new rage. After Parasite swept the Oscars this year, more and more cinephiles are now turning their attention towards international films. Streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime have now made it easier for us to watch foreign films in the English language too. However, these films are best experienced in their original language with subtitles that help you understand what is going on. This decade has given us cinematic gems that we have never witnessed before in Bollywood or Hollywood. Here are 13 of the best films of the last 10 years that you can watch online (with subtitles of course) and will change the way you see cinema. Take a look:

WILD TALES (2014) – Argentina

This black comedy anthology film consists of six shorts centered on the theme of revenge. Each story is not more than 25 minutes long and leaves you completely shook with its twists and unexpected endings. The film won the BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language in the UK and the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in Spain. It also received Oscar and Palme D’Or nominations and should be on your watchlist for the quarantine for some much-needed relief.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

THE SALESMAN (2016) – Iran

Asghar Farhadi’s drama was one of the most controversial films to have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, especially because the director was not present to collect his award at the Oscars ceremony in protest of the US Executive Order 13769. His movie is based on a married couple preparing for Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman on stage when the woman is assaulted in her home and her husband attempts to find out the identity of the unknown attacker.

Read our review here.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) – South Korea

This zombie horror drama might not be the perfect watch during the quarantine period but it sure tests your limits. The South Korean film mostly takes place in a train headed to Busan where a passenger who has been infected by the zombie infection enters the train and threatens the safety of the other passengers. The movie follows a father’s attempt to get his daughter to a safe place as the infection spreads throughout the train. The film was so popular that it even released in theatres across India.

Read our review here.

Streaming on: Netflix

DIVINES (2016) – France

This French drama is a treat to watch during these troubling times. It focusses on two best friends who spend their time roaming around the streets, shoplifting from markets and reselling the goods to their classmates. Even though the tough times, the girls stick by each other and their friendship only grows stronger. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d’Or and was even nominated for a Golden Globes Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming on: Netflix

BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH (2016) – Saudi Arabia

This sweet romantic comedy film comes from a region where romance and courtship are banned. It revolves around a man and a woman (both named Barakah) who clearly like each other but cannot meet publically out of fear of the moral police. As their relationship progresses, Barakah the man looks back at the old days during his uncle’s generation when men and women could socialize in public. This movie was the first Saudi Arabian film to feature at the Berlin Film Festival.

Read our review here.

Streaming on: Netflix

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (2017) – Chile

Winner of the 90th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this drama film revolves around a transgender woman named Maria who is grappling with the death of her much older boyfriend while his family members make life very difficult for her. Meanwhile, Maria continues her job as a waitress while moonlighting as a nightclub singer. This film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film and Silver Bear for Best Screenplay.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (2017) – Norway

Directed and written by Iram Haq, this drama is inspired by the filmmaker’s own life. It focusses on the Pakistani Norwegian teenager Nisha who is the docile ideal daughter at home and a fun party girl behind the backs of her unaware parents. When she is caught with a guy in her room, her parents send her away to Pakistan, where she faces even more troubles and restrictions from her relatives. This film was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Oscars.

Streaming on: Netflix

ROMA (2018) – Mexico

The first Mexican entry to win Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, this drama film has been written and directed by popular filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. Set in the early 70s, the story follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family in Mexico City and is a semi-autobiographical take on the director’s own upbringing in a Colonia Roma neighborhood. The film is completely in black and white and has won a number of accolades at film festivals around the world.

Streaming on: Netflix

SHOPLIFTERS (2018) – Japan

This drama film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or. Written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda, the film revolves around a poor family whose members are not related by blood but live together and shoplift from stores around them to sustain their livelihood. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film but ultimately lost out to Roma.

Read our review here.

Streaming on: Netflix

COLD WAR (2018) – Poland

This historical drama film is directed and co-written by popular filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski. As the name suggests, it is set during the Cold War in Poland and France, in a period ranging from the late 1940s to the 1960s. It centers on a love story between a musical director and a young singer over those years, inspired by the story of Pawlikowski’s parents. The movie received three nominations at the Oscars, in categories like Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming on: Netflix

CAPERNAUM (2018) – Lebanon

One of the most heartbreaking films of the year that was one of the favorites to win the Oscars is this Lebanese drama directed by Nadine Labaki. The film stars a Syrian refugee child actor who plays the lead role as a young boy living in the slums of Beirut. The film is narrated in a flashback, going back to the time he escaped from his home, followed by his encounter with an Ethiopian immigrant and her infant son, to going back and suing his parents for neglect. The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Streaming on: Netflix

A TWELVE YEAR NIGHT (2018) – Uruguay

This masterpiece of a film is based on the real lives of three members of a left-wing urban guerrilla group in Uruguay who were incarcerated for a period of 12 years between 1972 and 1985 for their activities that worked against the military dictatorship of the time. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and it was selected as the Uruguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. It also won the Golden Pyramid Award at the Cairo International Film Festival.

Streaming on: Netflix

PARASITE (2019) – South Korea

After winning awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards and the Palme D’Or at Cannes, this black comedy thriller by Bong Joon-ho has broken several records. It follows a poor family who schemes to become employed by a wealthy family and the events that follow their successful mission. This cinematic masterpiece released in theatres across India and is now finally available to stream online as well.

Read our review here.

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Now that you are “working from home”, take the opportunity to watch these films and become the “cinephile” of your groups. Stay home, stay safe, and keep bingeing!

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