Sick of mainstream movies?

FilmI confess a soft spot for foreign movies and do not mind subtitles. My friends do not share this love. Who wants to come home at the end of the work day to ‘read the TV or movie screen’ they protest?  I say it is worth exploring foreign language films as they offer another perspective from mainstream films.

Luckily the library has a huge variety of feature films – including many from as far away as Korea, Japan, France and Spain.  I watched Mongol last night. A Russian film about the early life of Genghis Khan. A bit of a bloodthirsty romp, but more enjoyable than watching mindnumbing sitcoms!

So this year come into your local community library to browse through the DVD collection.
Alternatively, explore this collection online by  searching Feature Films. That way you get a list of feature films divided by country.

Find our more about the DVD collection and other library collections

Happy viewing!

6 thoughts on “Sick of mainstream movies?

  1. sweet pea 14 January 2011 / 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the tip about how to search – I’ve often wondered how to break it down by country. Cheers!

  2. bronnypop 14 January 2011 / 3:50 pm

    (deep breath:) – just a few of the ones we’ve enjoyed recently: A Tale of Two Sisters, Coco Avant Chanel, The Band’s Visit, Mon Meilleur Ami, The Triplets of Belleville, Ponyo, Big Man Japan, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and my personal favourite Tais Toi! We LOVE the foreign movies section at the library!!

    • Rachael 14 January 2011 / 4:47 pm

      I watched Tais Toi in French class at school! I should get it out again and relive ma class francais. I need to put a hold on Coco Avant Chanel as well – I read the Axel Madsen biography a couple of years ago – she had such a fascinating life.

  3. Victoria 14 January 2011 / 5:09 pm

    I must confess, I always had a soft spot for French movies! I watched Tais Toi at least 7 times now and never get bored with this one, the reason is: it’s proudly featuring two of the most prolific French actors of our time: Gérard Depardieu, (beautifully naive Quentin) and Jean Reno (Ruby, a brooding outlaw). These two are so sincere in their tragic-comic roles that you cannot help but fall instantly in love with both of them. This movie is one of the 3 by Francis Veber, the prominent French film director and screen writer, the library has. More movies by Francis Veber http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Catalogue/keyword.asp?francis+veber

    More films with Jean Reno: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Catalogue/keyword.asp?AU+jean+reno

    More films with Gérard Depardieu:
    http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Catalogue/keyword.asp?AU+gerard+depardieu

    Happy watching!

  4. cloudy5 15 January 2011 / 7:26 pm

    don’t tell EVERYONE – there won’t be any left for us foreign movie fans!

  5. Michael A 17 January 2011 / 8:20 am

    If we go Gérard Depardieu then Jean de Florette and the sequel Manon des Sources are beautiful and beautifully acted. Jacques Tati anyone? Mon Oncle, Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot. Don’t really need to know French for these two.

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