Search for foreign films about everyday people
May 31, 2009 2:58 AM Subscribe
What foreign film titles are there that involve remarkably realistic characters -and- settings as part of the plot and use a contemporary setting?
posted by crapmatic to media & arts (37 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
I watched the recent Italian film The Son's Room, and plot aside I found an angle here that I really liked -- the drama of everyday people in another country, with both characters and setting presented with stark realism and minimal music scoring. This made it a surprisingly immersive movie. So I'm wondering what else might fit this theme to show bits of what ordinary life is like in other cultures and countries, short of going down the road of documentaries or reality programs (which is really a totally different genre).
In other words, rather than what foreign films typically offer: lush stylized settings (Amelie), epic events (Journey from the Fall), suspense and crime (The Lives of Others), or older family sagas (Heimat); I'm interested in believable 2000s-era characters in realistic settings faced with whatever problems the plot brings their way. The Finnish The Man Without A Past might be an example, though with that the story probably leans a bit toward the fanciful side.
Examples of US and other English-language films are perfectly fine if they stand out in some way, but I'm a bit more interested in other cultures.
I do concede that this is a hard question for me to frame and I'm a little short on sleep; hopefully I'm making sense.