Tag Archive | Best Foreign Language Film

A Man Called Ove

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (Sweden) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Ugh. File under the “irascible old man loses a loved one, and then is forced to find joy again when kids move into his neighborhood” section. Honestly, the foreign films […]

Embrace of the Serpent

Five weeks on the nose…do I deliver, or what?! As promised, all five 2015 Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominees, reviewed in just a little over a month. And I’m pleased to report, that I’ve inadvertently saved the best for last. Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent”, from Ciro Guerra, is presented in gorgeous black-and-white (cinematography […]

A War

Director Tobias Lindholm had me going for a while. Then his screenplay suddenly deserted him. Is it good to give the people what they want? Sometimes, I think. Other times no. I couldn’t help but surmise that the wrong choice was put into play here. There’s a stab at ambiguity, that wasn’t quite enough for […]


I liked “Theeb”. Honestly, I did. But I’m having a bit of a hard time loving it, and I’m thinking it’s because it’s narratively sparse. Plus, there’s a sentimental bent there that I’m not all that crazy about. But it’s certainly worth a look, if anything because it’s the only Jordanian feature ever to contend […]

Son of Saul

It is my intention to bring you all five Best Foreign Language Film nominees, from this past 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, over the next five weeks. And what better way to begin, then with the winner from Hungary, the bleak, disturbing, harrowing “Son of Saul”. There’s much to admire here. For example the oblique […]


It’s a marvelously acted character piece from Estonia, and it was one of the five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this past Academy Awards ceremony. If you say that “Tangerines” has individual moments, that ultimately end up being more impressive than the sum of its parts–I wouldn’t argue. But those individual parts are so good, […]

Wild Tales

This one is a real blast. It’s the funniest film you’ll ever see, that opens with an achingly serious, revenge crashing of a jet liner full of people. I know…it’s perilously close to a recent real world situation where that actually happened. But this is so skillfully done, and the Argentinian writer/director for “Wild Tales” is not […]