The world has over 8 billion people inhabiting its land. That means the amount of talent and creativity located within the earth is endless. This ideal is seen in the world’s entertainment and movie industry. In celebration of this creativity, MEFeater decided to make a list of 10 amazing international movies you must see!
The Incredible Jessica James (2017) is a Netflix original American film about Jessica, a young black woman who is the embodiment of eccentric and colorful. Jessica is a struggling playwright living in NYC that’s going through a recent breakup and trying to navigate through life. While dating she finds an unlikely love interest, who has her smitten and rethinking some of the things in her life.
Dólares de Arena/Sand Dollars (2015) is a Dominican film that focuses on Noeli, a young girl who works as an escort for the tourists who vacation at the island she calls home. Most of her clients have a long history with this young girl that they hardly know anything about. An unlikely client is deeply in love with this young girl whose only focus is surviving.
Man from Nowhere (2010) is a South Korean film that follows the life of a mysterious man, Cha Tae-sik, who runs a pawnshop in an apartment building. One of his regulars is his heroin addict neighbor who also has a daughter, So-Mi, that always comes and hangs out with him. Cha Tae-sik gets mixed up in a Chinese Mafia drug deal gone wrong and in the midst of it, So-Mi is taken hostage. Tae-sik makes it his mission to save this little girl’s life.
Raees (2017) is an Indian film based in Gujarat, which is an independent state in India where liquor is illegal. Raees, as a young boy becomes apart of the illegal liquor trade when he gets involved with a notorious gangster known for smuggling liquor and bribing the police. As an adult, Raees branches out on his own, but becomes the target of a police officer whose mission is to shut his business down.
Pariah (2011) is an American film about Alike, a young girl living in Brooklyn who lives a double life because she’s hiding the fact that she’s a lesbian from her overly religious mother and absentee father. Alike is an aspiring poet who is devoted to her academics, but is trying to maintain all of that while navigating through her sexual identity at just 17 years old.
Confession of Murder (2012) is a South Korean film about Lee Doo-Seok, a man who writes a book about the murders he committed 17 years ago once the statute of limitations has expired. Doo-Seok goes around repenting for the crimes he committed to the family members of his victims. He even uses the media and his boyish charm to promote his book. However, there are some questions surrounding whether he is the actual killer. Would someone willingly expose themselves to the public after killing many of their loved ones? Is it possible that he could be an imposter covering for the real killer?
Divines (2016) is a French film about two best friends, Dounia and Maimouna. Both of them come from two completely different cultural backgrounds, but have the same aspiration, which is to be like Rebecca, a local female drug dealer. In order to free themselves from their current impoverished lives, they do what is necessary to get in the good graces of Rebecca. However, things go awry along the way to their good life.
Difret/Courage (2014) is an Ethiopian film about Hirut, 14-year-old girl who shoots and kills the man she is set to be in an arranged marriage with because he abducts and rapes her. As a result, the girl is banned from the village and legal actions. Unfortunately, because the elders believe that the integrity of the village’s traditions are at risk. Meaza Ashenafi, who is an ambitious lawyer and is also the founder of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association decides to help Hirut so that traditional laws do not seal her fate.
Girlhood/Bande de Filles (2014) is a French film that centers around Marriene, a young girl who realizes her options are limited and feels all hope is lost when it comes to her academic future and her living conditions. She ultimately decides to join a gang, which gives her a momentary confidence boost and sense of belonging. However, being apart of the gang leaves her feeling more hopeless than she did before. Marriene leaves home to lead a dangerous lifestyle that she may not be able to come back from.
The World of Kanako (2014) is a Japanese film that follows Detective Akikazu who searches for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. Akikazu who is alcoholic and absentee father learns a lot about Kanako’s mysterious and secret life as he desperately searches for her.