10 Best World Cinema Films Suitable for all Cultures
Whenever world cinema is discussed, we often have an opinion that these are movies that cannot be related to. They are from a culture that you don’t belong to, or can’t relate to. But the fact is, cinema is about emotions, and these emotions are somewhat universal. While watching these movies you may not relate to the ethnography, but essentially a connect can be formed by the way these films emote feelings, and what they evocate. Here is a list of world cinema films, which are suitable for all cultures and can be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
1. A Separation
Asghar Farhadi wrote and directed the Iranian movie ‘A Separation’. Iranian cinema is popular for its simplicity, and how they have the capacity to tell some of the most complicated things through simple images and stories. The Academy Awards took the longest time to recognize this, but when they did, it was with this brilliant film. The movie explores the lives of a couple on the verge of divorce, and the problems both of them suffer during the course of the film. Even though the plot is very simple, the movie still manages to keep you on the edge of your seats. It is racy, and always leaves you with moments of wanting to know more.
2. In the Mood for Love
Wong Kar Wai is magical with all his films, but ‘In The Mood For Love’ he has to be his best. It is one of the most subtle and underlined love stories. The movie is a must watch for all the romantic movie buffs out there. It is also one of the most unique romantic films you have ever seen. The movie captures the simplicity of love. The background music is such that it will stay with you even after you have finished watching the film.
Amelie is a French movie which has elements of magical realism in it. A simple and sweet story that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups. The camera work is just magical. You are taken into the beautiful world of Amelie. It is a romantic comedy, which explores the fantastical destiny of this girl.
4. The Motorcycle Diaries
It is a story of Che Guevara. It is the coming of age of a man, and his journey through South America. A Spanish film, this movie will be liked by anybody who loves traveling. It subtly comments on larger issues, and that is done in an inspirational manner. Since it is a biopic, one relates to the characters easily, and people’s aspirations coincide with the characters’ mental and physical journey.
5. Run Lola Run
It is one of the most racy films ever edited and put together. You will be at the edge of your seats because of the thrill and pace of the film. It is a story which gets altered in itself, and one incident is shown with one thing changing every time and resulting in a different end. It is an interesting stylistic experiment and makes for an entertaining film.
This is one of the most popular Japanese movies, by one of the most renowned Japanese filmmakers, Akira Khurusawa. This movie explores really complicated plots and characters, and is a movie so different that no one has been able to attempt something similar ever since. It explores the idea of everybody’s understanding of reality, and how everyone’s narration is a version in itself. It is an interesting movie to understand the philosophy of truth.
7. Bicycle Thieves
It is an Italian movie, which came out after the second world war when the cinema in Italy was going through a cultural movie movement called, Italian Neorealism. The movies made in this era reflected the poor condition of the workers back then. Bicycle Thieves is a simple story about a man and his son, who is really poor but manages to find a job, which he only gets because he in possession of a bicycle. In the course of the movie he loses the bicycle, and the story makes a comment on the condition of the people in Italy, and is a subject that can be related to worldwide even today.
It is a French film, so nicely structured, that you will want to believe that if told in any other fashion, this story would have not made sense. The movie is experimental, and is a must watch for everyone who likes movies which challenge the normative ways of shooting and editing. The movie is a story of grief, revenge and sexual abuse. The end can manage to leave you sobbing for hours.
9. My Sassy Girl
You must have heard about the popular Hollywood movie ‘My Sassy Girl’. Well, it was a remake of a Korean movie by the same title. If you enjoyed the Hollywood version, you will definitely fall for the original. It draws attention to the wonderful filmmaking industry of Korea. It is a romantic movie about a couple who find love through destiny. It is a cute and simple story. It is something everyone can enjoy, especially couples!
10. Paradise Now
It is an Arabic movie extremely relevant to the youth today. Like Iranian cinema, this also follows simple filmmaking techniques. It talks about a history, which is some people’s present, and is too violent. But the movie never directly shows violence. It is beautifully translated through the amazing storyline that the movie follows.
All these movies will make an interesting weekend watch. So all you people out there who thought World Cinema was all about boring long sessions, take out time and get your hands onto these movies. They are entertaining, and extremely important films to watch for any cinema-lover.