2020 Revcommendation Awards: Foreign Films Edition
Please put your hands together for the first-ever Revcommendation Awards: Foreign Films Edition.
We’d like to thank the Academy of Rev for Slacking us their nominations for the finest films from afar.
We’re an opinionated crew, here at Rev, especially when it comes to foreign flicks. And while no Siskels or Eberts dwell among us, we know what’s good.
Collectively, we’ve seen enough content to warrant an award in and of itself. But this awards ceremony isn’t about us. Please, hold your applause—
We’re here to celebrate sensational gems from around the globe that are, quite possibly, getting shadowed by more “digestible” English-speaking recommendations in your Netflix queue.
Nothing against English-speaking films, of course. It’s just… it’s a big world and there’s a lot out there.
So in the spirit of inspiring global curiosity and some welcomed virtual travel in these idle times, let’s raise our glasses: To making 2020 the year we say “adios!” “annyeong!” “au revoir!” to the “one-inch-tall barrier” that hinders too many from getting pleasantly lost and found in translation.
Without further ado (as the stars are all waiting with bated breath), let’s give another warm hand for our winners. And in no particular order, those winners are…
“A dark fantasy drama/horror movie written and directed by Guillermo del Toro that follows a young girl through a magical world, where she must pass a series of tests to see her family again.” — Safeena, Public Relations
“Fun, whimsical, feel-good — you’ll find new details each re-watch.” — Sara, Customer Success
“It’s a captivating thriller with comedic undertones” — Alex, People Team
“Not your typical zombie movie: this one takes place on a train in Korea. Jokes aside, the acting — both zombie and human — is top-notch.” — Alyssa, Engineering
“In 1700 France, a painter is commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of a reluctant bride who refuses to be painted (and get married). She must do so without her knowing.” — Safeena, PR
“Brilliant Scorsese-style gangster film bursting with vibrant Brazillian flavor. A truly eye-opening cinematic adrenaline rush.”
— Anna Rachel, Marketing
“A Parisian quadriplegic aristocrat since a paragliding accident hires a young man to be his live-in caretaker. Although very different, the two men bond and develop a close friendship.”— Dennis, Engineering
“Battle Royale is the original Hunger Games and explores more of the psychology of children being thrust into a sudden deathmatch. The pacing and acting in this movie are amazing.” — Garron, Engineering
“When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.” — Cayla, Support
“A martial arts film that has an epic feel to it. It has dramatic and heavy moments as well as awesome action sequences.”
— Siddharth, Engineering
“Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.” — Todd, Engineering
“Who doesn’t love movies about dogs?” — Nate, Finance
“Beautifully shot and thought-provoking biopic.” — Sara, Customer Success
“Same director as Parasite. A film that explores how a post-apocalyptic world varies drastically for the haves vs. the have-nots.” — Michelle, Engineering
“Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. Yup.” — Siddharth, Engineering
“A quintessential Bollywood classic with family drama, love triangles, and phenomenal song and dance numbers. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that’s well worth the watch.”
— Siddharth, Engineering
“Beautiful storytelling” — Sam, Engineering
“Beautiful story of friendship. Salvatore discovers the perfect in the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo instills in him a love of film. When Salvatore falls in love with a local girl and takes over as the projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.”
— Laura, Support