It has been a while since we checked in on our recent Foreign Film arrivals, so there’s a lot to talk about! Here’s a list of all of the latest films from overseas that have landed on our rental shelves:
A Day in the Country (1936) – The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day. From director Jean Renoir. (France) – [imdb] – Criterion Collection!
Every Man For Himself (1980) – An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations. From director Jean-Luc Godard. (France) – [imdb] – Criterion Collection!
Playing Dead (2013) – A has-been actor takes a job playing the victims in a homicide reenactment, where he sparks with the civil officer investigating the real-life crime. (France) – [imdb]
Vandal (2013) – Sharif, 15, is a rebellious and lonely teenager. Unexpectedly, his mother decided to move in with his uncle and aunt in Strasbourg, where he must resume CAP masonry. This is his last chance. Very quickly, in this new life, Cherif is drowning. But every night, graffiti artists working on the walls of the city introduce him to a new world… (France) – [imdb]
Verdun: Looking at History (1931) – Shot a decade after the end of the first world war, Leon Poirier’s war drama Verdun, Visions d’Histoire recreates the historic Battle of Verdun in remarkable detail. (France) – [imdb]
Viktor (2014) – After spending seven years in jail for an art heist, Frenchman Victor Lambert returns to Moscow to uncover the circumstances behind his son Jeremy’s brutal murder. He is backed by his lover Alexandra, and by his ex-partner-in-crime, choreographer Souliman. (France/Russia) – [imdb]
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) – A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Starring Simon Pegg. (Germany/Canada/UK) – [imdb]
Wetlands (2013) – The adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sexuality longs for the reunion of her divorced parents. (Germany) – [imdb] – click here to read our review!
Ways To Live Forever (2010) – Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year old Sam wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls. Sam also has leukemia, and although the adults in his life don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face. (Spain/UK) – [imdb]
Honey (2013) – Irene, nicknamed ‘Honey’, has devoted herself to people looking for help, and tries to alleviate their suffering, even when they make extreme decisions. One day she has to cope with Grimaldi and his invisible malaise. (Italy/France) – [imdb]
The Skin (La Pelle) (1981) – After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive. (Italy/France) – [imdb]
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2013) – A documentary reflects on artist Ai Weiwei’s battle against the lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. (Denmark/China/UK) – [imdb]
Force Majeure (2014) – A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular. (Sweden/France/Norway) – [imdb]
The Zigzag Kid (2012) – Nono, a Dutch kid lacking two days being thirteen, runs away from problems at home and, disguised as a girl, takes up with the world’s cleverest thief, who unbeknownst to Nono, may hold the bizarre key to his true identity. (Netherlands/Belgium/UK) – [imdb]
Exhibition (2013) – An intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple, whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home. (UK) – [imdb]
Life’s A Breeze (2013) – Tells the story of a family as they search for a lost fortune around the streets of Dublin. (Ireland/Sweden) – [imdb]
Lilting (2014) – In contemporary London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language, as through a translator they begin to piece together memories of a man they both loved. (UK) – [imdb]
Not Another Happy Ending (2013) – When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he’s finished. With her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy and she can’t write when she’s happy.The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he’s in love with her. (UK) – [imdb]
Unrelated (2007) – A woman in an unhappy relationship takes refuge with a friend’s family on holiday in Tuscany. (UK) – [imdb]
Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) – Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans… (Iran) – [imdb]
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013) – About Hayao Miyazaki’s life and Studio Ghibli. (Japan) – [imdb]
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014) – A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive. (China/Hong Kong) – [imdb]
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) – Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (Japan) – [imdb]