Movies set in another country, please.
September 27, 2012 12:45 PM   Subscribe

I need some suggestions for movies made fairly recently that are set in another country.

I'm writing a response for a class examining the way foreigners and foreign countries are portrayed in American films. The assignment said to analyze movies you've seen recently, so I'm not sure if the professor means newer movies or just some that I've recently watched. Any suggestions on movies set in other countries would be wonderful - even movies just having citizens from another country in America would be great too. Thanks!
posted by sarahgrace to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Foreign films or American films set in foreign countries?
posted by carlodio at 12:48 PM on September 27, 2012


I apologize for being unclear - American films set in foreign countries.
posted by sarahgrace at 12:49 PM on September 27, 2012


Hostel
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:52 PM on September 27, 2012


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
posted by fso at 12:58 PM on September 27, 2012


To Rome with Love
Lost in Translation
Babel
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset
The Karate Kid (remake)
The Quiet American
Killing Zoe
posted by dogwalker at 1:03 PM on September 27, 2012


The Painted Veil

The Karate Kid (2010)

Taken except the first 30 minutes.
posted by shoesietart at 1:06 PM on September 27, 2012


Killing Zoe and The Quiet American aren't that recent, sorry meant to mention that.

Neither is Before Sunrise, but you have to watch it first and Before Sunset is really good.
posted by dogwalker at 1:07 PM on September 27, 2012


Beginners is set in the US but one of the main characters is French.
posted by jabes at 1:11 PM on September 27, 2012


The Hurt Locker, Green Zone, Men Who Stare at Goats, Rendition, Body of Lies, The Kingdom, Syriana: all set mostly or partly in the Middle East and dealing with the Iraq War/terrorism theme.

Memoirs of a Geisha and The Last Samurai, set in Japan.

Invictus, set in South Africa.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:17 PM on September 27, 2012


Vicky Cristina Barcelona
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 1:19 PM on September 27, 2012


If you're looking to 'examine the way foreigners and foreign countries are portrayed in American films', Taken and Hostel both offer rich veins to mine.
posted by hot soup girl at 1:42 PM on September 27, 2012


scott pilgrim
posted by Yowser at 1:44 PM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


The first act of The Incredible Hulk (2008) takes place in Brazil. Moulin Rouge (2001) is set in Paris (and filmed in Australia by an Australian director using American and British stars for an American production company...). The American Sherlock Holmes (2009) and sequel (2011) are set in the UK and Europe. Midnight is Paris (2011) is mostly about Americans but has some French characters. Outsourced (2006) is about India.
posted by mbrubeck at 2:21 PM on September 27, 2012


The Bourne movies
posted by Sassyfras at 2:49 PM on September 27, 2012


Australia
posted by Sassyfras at 2:50 PM on September 27, 2012


Made in China

Transsiberian

In America

Sangre De Mi Sangre

The Visitor

Amreeka
posted by plokent at 2:52 PM on September 27, 2012


A Foreign Affair

Mail Order Wife

Sweet Land

Casa De Los Babys
posted by plokent at 3:38 PM on September 27, 2012


Cairo Time
posted by minervous at 5:02 PM on September 27, 2012


Some of the suggestions above might not be considered "American films," depending on how you define it:
posted by mbrubeck at 5:29 PM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
posted by namewithoutwords at 4:56 AM on September 28, 2012


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is also not an American movie.
posted by mbrubeck at 7:20 AM on September 28, 2012


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