The top 10 foreign language films of 2012

The top 10 foreign language films of 2012. By Simon Miraudo.

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year’s cinematic treats, and then crowbar each work of art into a numerical position on a comparative chart. Comedies versus dramas! Thrills versus chills! The great versus the very good! This is the business we list-makers have chosen. Come, shoulder the burden.

The “foreign language” Oscar category has always been a curious one. Foreign to whom? Well, Americans, obviously. But isn’t it kind of offensive to shoehorn all non-English language movies into one cover-all category? Yes, and allow us to do exactly the same! Only an assortment of international features ever make it to our shores, and thanks to our often-dippy release schedule, it can take years for them to actually arrive. Ignoring the arbitrary nature of comparing pictures from France with those from Thailand, I’ve selected my ten favourite foreign language films from the past twelve months. Some have already hit our screens, while a couple won’t screen widely until 2013. All of them are worth your attention.

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2 Responses to “The top 10 foreign language films of 2012”

  1. Simon, what about A Separation? I believe it was released in Australia in March after winning the Oscar.

    • I caught A SEPARATION at the Melbourne Film Fest back in 2011; as such, it was included in my top 10 lists of that year (3rd overall, in fact). This is where it gets tricky. The film technically had public screenings in several states before a wide release in 2012. Similar to how AMOUR has played a number of fests in 2012, but won’t be widely released in 2013. Note the black hole we fall into!

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