The Torch is sharing its picks for must-see foreign films. Give them a watch and let us know if these choices were on fire.
“La Haine (Hate)”(1995)
by Santino Torres / Staff Reporter
Directed by French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz, “La Haine (Hate)” was released in 1995. The film emphasized the struggles of being foreign growing up in a France that has seemingly neglected its own motto of ‘liberty, equality, and fraternity.’ Set in the banlieue projects outside Paris, this movie follows a day in the life of three young men: an Arab, a Jew and an African who feel racial tension in 1990s France. They wander the city aimlessly in the wake of the news of their friend who was savagely beaten in a case of police brutality. The attack sparks a riot which leaves 33 arrested and results in a policeman losing his weapon. When one of the men reveals the missing weapon is in his possession, his desire for revenge after learning their friend has died is a recipe for a shocking final standoff that ends in one of the toughest cliffhangers in foreign cinema history.
“God’s Own Country” (2017)
by Aero Cavalier / Staff Reporter
A British “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) with a decidedly happier ending. Following Johnny—the son of a farmer—and Gheorghe—a Romanian immigrant—who struggle to come to terms with their sexuality among other personal issues in rural England. Loosely based on director Francis Lee’s own history (growing up as the son of a farmer in Yorkshire), this movie is full of emotion and was crafted with love from the script to the cinematography. Viewers are given a look into the interpersonal conflicts and self-growth of Johnny as he struggles with his own identity and coming of age. The rawness and intimacy of his and Gheorghe’s relationship builds an attachment to the characters that usually not often seen in mainstream, “queer-baiting” media and gives insight to navigating a homosexual relationship in a repressive environment.
by Jules Banks / Features Editor
Everyone’s eyes have been on Bong Joon-ho’s thriller after it swept the Oscars, winning Best Picture along with three other awards. It has rightfully earned its fame, and I felt as though it would be wrong to not mention the film on our list. “Parasite” follows the Kim family, who live in a semi-basement in the poorer part of town, all struggling with low-paying jobs and no real plan for the future. Their fortune seems to change after the main character Ki-Woo’s friend gifts the family a lucky rock and, on the same day, proposes to Ki-Woo that he should pose as a university tutor for an affluent family. The film follows the Kim clan as they infiltrate the home and lives of a naive, upper class household. A take on class relations, wealth and honesty, “Parasite” was the only movie this year that left my mouth hanging open in shock.
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