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2020 Revcommendation Awards: Foreign Films Edition

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RevBlogSubtitles2020 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… 

Pan’s Labyrinth

“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 

Genre: War/Fantasy
Language: Spanish
Stream: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play

Amélie

“Fun, whimsical, feel-good you’ll find new details each re-watch.” — Sara, Customer Success

Genre: Romance/Rom-com
Language: French
Stream: iTunes, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go

Parasite 

“It’s a captivating thriller with comedic undertones” Alex, People Team

Genre: Thriller/Comedy
Language: Korean
Stream: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu 

Train to Busan

“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 

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Language: Korean
Stream: Netflix, iTunes Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime Video 

Oldboy


“Intense, cool fights, shocking story.” Dave, Finance

Language: Korean
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Stream: Vudu, Amazon Prime Video

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

“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

Genre: Romance/Drama
Language: French
Stream: AtomTicketsIVAUS, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video 

 

City of God

“Brilliant Scorsese-style gangster film bursting with vibrant Brazillian flavor. A truly eye-opening cinematic adrenaline rush.”
Anna Rachel, Marketing 

Genre: Crime/Drama
Language: Portuguese
Stream: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video 

Les Intouchables

“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 

Genre: Comedy/Drama
Language: French
Stream: Tubi, Vudu, iTunes

The Farewell


“Akwafina in a dramatic role. Sad, but also funny at times.” Marc, Product

Genre: Drama/Comedy-drama
Language: Chinese
Stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime Video

Battle Royale

“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 

Genre: Action/Thriller
Language: Japanese
Stream: Amazon Instant Video, iTunes 

Life Is Beautiful

“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 

Genre: War/Comedy
Language: Italian
Stream: Amazon Instant Video, Google Play iTunes

Ip Man

“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 

Genre: Action/Drama
Language: Chinese
Stream: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play

City of Lost Children

“Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.” — Todd, Engineering

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi
Language: French
Stream: iTunes, Google Play

Bombon El Perro

“Who doesn’t love movies about dogs?” — Nate, Finance

Genre: Drama/Indie
Language: Spanish
Stream: Amazon

The Motorcycle Diaries

“Beautifully shot and thought-provoking biopic.” — Sara, Customer Success

Genre: Drama/Adventure
Language: Spanish
Stream: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video 

Snowpiercer

“Same director as Parasite. A film that explores how a post-apocalyptic world varies drastically for the haves vs. the have-nots.”   — Michelle, Engineering

Genre: Sci-fi
Language: Korean
Stream: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Google PlayiTunes 

Look Who’s Back

“Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. Yup.” — Siddharth, Engineering

Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Stream:
Netflix  

Kal Ho Naa Ho

“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

Genre: Romance/Drama
Language: Hindi
Stream: iTunes, Google Play,Netflix 

Roma

“Beautiful storytelling” — Sam, Engineering 

Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish 
Stream: Netflix

Cinema Paradiso

“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

Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Stream: iTunes, Google Play, HBO