Must-Watch Foreign Films for the Summer

Must-Watch Foreign Films for the Summer

Watching international cinema broadens your perspective and immerses your mind in a unique world. It’s a journey through the emotions and intellects of various cultures, exploring how they are distinct yet resonate with your own experiences. This year has been remarkable for cinema globally, with an array of international movies making a splash. We’ve put together a list of a few films that have recently made their digital debut in India and you should definitely consider adding to your summer viewing list.

Platform: MUBI

Passages is a French Film that takes you through the life of a gay couple whose marriage is thrown into the dumps when one of them begins a passionate affair with a young woman. The film has the beautiful Adele Exarchopoulos who you might remember from the deliciously intense Blue is the Warmest Colour and the talented Franz Rogowski and Ben Whishaw.  

Perfect Days
Platform: MUBI

From one of the most successful and prolific German filmmakers, Perfect Days is a captivating drama that delves into the nuances of everyday life, featuring an outstanding performance by Kôji Yakusho. Perfect Days enriches the distinguished collection of films by director and co-writer Wim Wenders with its subtle yet profound impact.

Anatomy of a Fall
Platform: Amazon Prime

Anatomy of a Fall is a gripping French legal drama that weaves a complex narrative around a tragic incident. Directed by Justine Triet, the film stars Sandra Hüller as a writer embroiled in a web of suspicion following her husband’s mysterious death. With their visually impaired son as the key witness, the story unfolds against the backdrop of a snow-covered chalet in the French Alps, exploring themes of truth, perception, and the chaos of human relationships. The film has won prestigious awards, including an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and is said to have some intense performances and riveting plot.

The Teacher’s Lounge
Platform: Amazon Prime

The Teachers’ Lounge is a gripping German drama that delves into the complexities of school life and the challenges faced by educators. The film follows Carla Nowak, a teacher who takes it upon herself to investigate a theft in the teachers’ lounge. Her pursuit of truth pits her against the school system and her own ideals, leading to situations that threaten to unravel her. Directed by Ilker Çatak and starring Leonie Benesch, the film has been praised for its intense storytelling and was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards. It’s a thought-provoking piece that examines the moral dilemmas teachers face and the impact of their decisions on their community.

Platform: Buy/Rent on Book My Show

Monster is a gripping psychological drama and mystery thriller directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The film stars Sakura Andō as Saori Mugino, a single mother who begins to unravel a disturbing mystery surrounding her son Minato’s erratic behaviour. After Minato exhibits signs of distress, such as cutting his own hair and coming home with one shoe, Saori’s concern leads her to suspect that her son’s teacher, Mr. Hori, may be abusing him. As she confronts the school and demands answers, the narrative takes us through a complex web of deception, bullying, and family secrets. With its intricate plot and powerful performances, Monster delves into the dark corners of human relationships and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child. The film had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival last year and has since received widespread acclaim for its screenplay, direction, and musical score, making it one of Kore-eda’s most celebrated works.

Words Hansika Lohani
Date 21.05.2024