Often, viewers are limited to watching three or four series or movies on Netflix, usually the best known among friends, recommended by celebrities or because they have won an award such as the Oscars or the Golden Globe.
However, if you do a search on Twitter, you will find some very compelling user recommendations that turn out to be gems of international cinema worth watching at least once in a lifetime. Trying your luck!
Like stars on earth (2007)
Being considered a misfit at school because he’s different is more common in many countries than you might think, and it’s reflected in the film. Like stars on earthdirected by Aamir Khan.
In this Hindi drama, the audience meets Ishaan (Darsheel Safari), a boy with dyslexia who struggles in school and has problems with his parents and teachers until the arrival of Ram Shankar Nikumbh, an unconventional art teacher, who very patiently discovers the abilities behind his confusion.
On body and soul (2017)
In a world where it is increasingly difficult to have a real connection with someone, the Hungarian drama On body and soul shows how Mária (Alexandra Borbely), a newly hired CFO, and Endre (Geza Morcsanyi), quality inspector of a slaughterhouse, come closer and connect emotionally through dreams.
Director Ildiko Enyediwinner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale with this film, depicts in this dreamlike world of animals the inherent human desire to be part of something or to be recognized by others and is a respite in the midst of these times .
If you’re in the mood for a suspenseful thriller, the Korean film Burning, by director Lee Changdong, is a good choice for your Saturday night. The plot follows aspiring delivery man and novelist, Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) who at a promotional event meets Shin Hae-mi (Jeon Jong Seo), a childhood friend who plans a trip to Nairobi, Africa, and asks her to feed her cat.
On her return, she is escorted by a mysterious man named Ben (steven yeun), and from this encounter, strange things begin to happen in the love triangle. Lee worries that Shin’s life is in danger, which would lead to an unexpected end.
Lazzaro Felice (2018)
It’s not uncommon for people to take advantage of the goodwill of others, or as some would say: the world is mean when you’re naive. This is shown in the Italian film Lazzaro Felicewhich introduces the public to farmer Lazzaro (Adrian Tardolo), a strong-willed young man with a direct character.
After helping Tancredi (Luka Chikovani), the son of the landlady who exploited the workers of the region for free, the Marquise’s market is discovered and Lazzaro ends up emigrating to the city, where he will experience new situations which, like in the village, will end in a dramatic conclusion .
Bollywood is one of the most prolific industriesdistinguished by its characters, musical scenes and thrilling stories such as Hindi drama Dhanak (meaning “Rainbow”), which chronicles the adventures and illusions of two brothers. Every morning Pari, 10 years old (Hotel Gada) and 8-year-old Chotu (Krish Chhabria) which movie Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) or Salman Khan will talk about on the way to school, because Pari is a fan of SRK and Chotu of Salman.
A few months before Chotu’s 9th birthday, her sister decides to keep her promise to her brother, so that he can regain his sight, so the young girl decides to seek help from her favorite artist. Thus, the two children begin a journey of 300 km to catch up with the actor during a filming in Rajasthan.
The shadow in my eyes (2021)
If you’re a fan of war dramas or stories based on real life, one of Netflix’s newer releases might hook you, the Danish film The shadow in my eyes, directed by Olé Bornedaland located in Denmark during World War II.
The plot is told from the point of view of three children who survive the bombing of their school, the result of a mistake made by the Royal Air Force as part of Operation Carthage, and where 120 people die, including 86 children. Throughout the film, viewers see the psychological effects on the children, who witnessed death in such close proximity.
Big fish and begonia (2016)
In all cultures, the transition from childhood to adulthood usually brings pleasant and painful lessons in equal measure, and it is this premise that is addressed in the animated film. Big fish and begoniaa Chinese and Korean co-production that portrays a fantasy-filled story full of big truths as well as big truths.
The plot follows Chun, a magical creature who, on his 16th birthday, is sent to the human world in the form of a red dolphin, as is traditional in his reality. There she meets Kun, a boy who lives by the sea and at the cost of his life saves the life of the teenager. Now, Chun tries to retrieve the boy’s soul and bring him back to life as a sign of gratitude.
Even if horror films cause discomfort, fear, disgust or revulsion, there is something about their stories that continues to attract many viewers, perhaps because it is a rather raw emotion of the human being. And that’s what brings Midsommara Norwegian-American production by the director Ari Aster.
It takes the audience to a summer solstice celebration in the village of Hårga, Hälsingland (Sweden). What seems like a trip trying to fix Dani Ardor’s (Florence Pugh) complex relationship with her boyfriendand in the company of her peers, transforms into a bloody succession of bizarre rituals transforming her from someone grieving over the death of her family to party queen, and empowering her in her new role.
Competition within a profession is never a bad thing, as long as it doesn’t threaten others, and it’s very common in sport: rival teams, sportsmen or race car manufacturers, as indicated Dash, a biopic directed by Ron Howard.
The film takes viewers to the rivalry on the tracks between two great Formula 1 drivers in the 1970s, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) of the Ferrari team and james hunt (Chris Hemsworth) for the McLaren team, but also their personal choices and the issues that affected their long-term careers.
When we talk about psychological thrillers, one of the names that probably comes to mind is Darren Aronofskybecause his films have a haunting aspect that questions the viewer about reality, and Mother! is not far from there.
Whether the director uses biblical or global warming references, the film features a couple, He, an acclaimed poet with writer’s block, and Mother, his wife, who live in their idyllic home until various characters gradually arrive in the couple’s house and affect their peaceful routine, leading to a confusing and chaotic ending that feels more like a recurring dream.
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