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Foreign Film Friday: New On Netflix


I’m sure most of you have heard that Netflix has recently added a new selection of movies to its queue. Lucky for you, Travel Freaks, that includes a few foreign films. Let’s have a look.

1. Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) – Comedy/Romance


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Amélie came to us from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 2001, with the story of a Parisian girl (Audrey Tautou) with a unique childhood who grew up to be an imaginative and romantic young woman. After the sudden death of Princess Diana in 1997, when the film takes place, she becomes aware that life can be short and makes it her mission to improve the lives of people in the world around her. Amélie is rated R, and it received a 90% freshness rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

2. Jing wu men (The Chinese Connection) – Action/Drama/Romance

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From director Wei Lo in Hong Kong came a story of early 20th century Shanghai, when Chen Chen (Bruce Lee) returns to his former school to investigate and avenge the murder of his once teacher. Chen Chen is led down an action packed path fueled by drug and race rivalries. Released in 1972 (a bit late to the party aren’t we, Netflix) the film also features a young Jackie Chan as Lee’s stunt double. This rated R film has somehow gone through multiple English titles including The Chinese Connection, The Iron Hand and Fist of Fury. Rotten tomatoes gave it a 92% freshness rating.

3. Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) – Drama/Romance

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Okay so this was actually added to Netflix in the fall… but watch it again because your life needs more Marlon Brando with butter (does it, though?) If you don’t get that reference then guess what you’re doing this weekend? Yep. Staying in and watching Last Tango in Paris. This 1972 film from Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci tells the story of a dramatic and anonymous affair between Paul (Brando), an American moved to Paris to escape the emotional trauma of a recent loss, and a young French woman who he meets by chance, Jeanne (Maria Schneider). Though it was initially rated X due to being overly steamy, over the years as the rating standards evolved it changed to R. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 81% freshness rating.

Which of these just made your foreign films must see list?



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