These days many people are disillusioned by the mainstream movies produced in Hollywood, with many claiming that those made in other countries are superior in both storyline and the quality of acting. Personally, I love the insight that foreign language films provide into other cultures, and while I appreciate those that are made anywhere in the world, I especially enjoy the low budget ones from so-called developing countries. These days, various film festivals around the world promote and celebrate many of these productions, providing valuable exposure that they may otherwise not receive.
Do you like foreign language movies, and if so which ones have you especially enjoyed?
In general I am not keen on art house cinema, which tends to be the style of many foreign films. That isn't always the case though; there are lots of comedies too, a number of which I have enjoyed. In the end it comes down more to the genre than where they were made. There is also the language barrier though. It is hard to enjoy the film as much when you have to concentrate on reading the subtitles.
I do -- one of the main things is they don't 'cheese' up the endings, and I don't know the actors - I've discovered I get sick of seeing the same faces all the time, so I like that the foreign films have new faces, and often craggy interesting faces, with lots of expression...recently, I enjoyed 11am on a plane (Korean - not the best film but really interesting & enjoyable idea). I loved The Theives (also Korean -excellent heist flick)
Yes, there are many bad ones and many good ones too. Some of my favourites:
City of lost children (in fact pretty much everything directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet), La Haine (French) , Window to Paris (Russian), The Thief (Russian), Brotherhood of the Wolf (French), Amores Perros (Spanish), Offside (Iranian), Kurosawa's movies and a whole lot of Kung Fu films.