The Top 10 Foreign Language Films of 2013

Top 10 Foreign Language Films of 2013

By Simon Miraudo
December 2, 2013

December: for avid list-makers, it’s the cinematic equivalent of Thunderdome. (Hundreds of movies go in. Only one comes out.) We’ve spent the past eleven months reviewing 2013’s releases as fairly and thoughtfully as possible, but that veneer of considerate criticism will be dropped in favour of sweet, sweet chart-making.

The next few weeks will be spent forcing all those movies to compete for our affection in a series of gruelling grudge matches, ultimately leading to us crowning victors in a variety of different categories. This month-long battle royale will conclude with the selection of a Best Film, and, as is tradition, a Worst Film too. Let the arbitrary rankings begin!

It was a good year for the French. Gay marriage was legalised, Kanye West immortalised their home-grown pastry in one of the year’s most quotable lyrics (“Hurry up with my damn croissant“), and Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue is the Warmest Colour collected the Palme d’Or at a competitive Cannes Film Festival. I can’t think of a better way to cap their 2013 than by awarding them no less than three separate places on my very own (and similarly competitive) list of favourite foreign movies (which, just like at the Oscars, simply means ‘not in the English language’). No French flick took the top spot however: that honour belongs to … well, I won’t spoil it here. You’ll just have to scroll down to find out what took pole position, as well as which Korean, Danish, Spanish, Canadian, Romanian, Chilean, and Italian movies were recognised. It’s true that, besides not speaking the Queen’s, these works have little in common, but it’s always worthwhile rounding up some of the great pieces from around the globe, and encouraging even the subtitle-allergic to give them a go. There’s a whole world of magnificent moviemaking beyond Australia, America, and the United Kingdom. Here’s the proof.

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