The Guardian readers' choice of top 40 foreign language films make a strange, bland, list. Imagine a Guardian-reading couple watching a DVD together while eating a take-away on a Friday evening and drinking a nice glass of wine. The mere fact that my lifestyle resembles this image does not disqualify me from sneering at it. Amelie? It's a nice enough film, but please. I'm not even going to copy the list into my blog.
Ten of my favourite foreign-language films:
- Sacrifice (Tarkovsky) - Yojimbo (Kurasawa) - The Seventh Seal (Bergman) - Das Boot (Peterson) - Spirited Away (Miyazaki) - Crouching Tiger (Ang Lee) - Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron) - Infernal Affairs (Lau + Mak) - Ringu (Nakata) - Festen (Vinterberg)
There's probably a bunch more I should have put ahead of these, they are just the first ten that came to mind.