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Foreign Language Films

Possibly Alice's strongest collection are the Foreign Language Films. Here you can totally immerse yourself in a veritable feast of titles from around the globe. We have divided this section into regional categories. There are many great films to be discovered within and they make for a preferred alternative to the steady input of Hollywood fodder that generally permeates our screens. Right: The wonderful "Manon Des Sources" ("Jean de Florette" Part 2)

Waiting For Happiness (2002)

6.8/10
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Starring: Khatra Ould Adder Kader, Nana Diakite

Foregoing complex plotting for spell-binding mood and provocative symbolism, this French/Mauritanian drama set in the northern African country traces... Read more

Walk On Water (2004)

7.4/10
Director: Eytan Fox
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Knut Berger, Carolina Peters, Gidon Shemer

Eyal is a Mossad assassin sent to kill an aging Nazi war criminal. The target's grandaughter is living on a kibbutz in Israel and her brother is abou... Read more

Warm Spring (2002)

6.6/10
Director: Wulan Tana
Starring: Tian Chengren, Zhang Yan, Hao Yang, Yu Weijie

Directed by Wulan Tana this poignant drama is the tale of young orphan Xiao Hua, who after fleeing the clutches of an abusive foster parent, finds a s... Read more

Water (2005)

7.8/10
Director: Deepa Mehta
Starring: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, Jon Abrahams, Sarala , Manorama

The long-awaited and controversial third instalment of Deepa Mehta's Elemental Trilogy, the film production was shut down in 2000 by Hindu fundamental... Read more

Weatherwoman Returns (1996)

Director: Tomoaki Hosoyama
Starring: Kei Mizutami

More loopy action as Keiko and her workmates are under threat from rival station TV Trendy, run by the evil Megumi, who is always one step ahead of th... Read more

Western (1997)

6.9/10
Director: Manuel Poirier
Starring: Sergi Lopez, Sacha Bourdo, Elisabeth Vitali

An intelligent and sensitive road-movie about two foreigners spending three weeks together hitch-hiking through northern France. Crackling with traged... Read more

What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1984)

7.2/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Angela De Andres-Lopez, Luis Hostalot, Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque

The exquisite Carmen Maura stars as a put-upon housewife and cleaning woman hooked on no-doze who ends up selling one of her sons to a dentist and kil... Read more

What Time Is It There? (2002)

7.3/10
Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Starring: Lu Yi-Ching, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lee Kang-Sheng

A disconnected young watch vendor on the streets of Taipei becomes obsessed with both a dual-time wristwatch that belonged to his late father and the... Read more

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

8.2/10
Director: Mikio Naruse
Starring: Hideko Takamine

A delicate, devastating study of a woman's life, a Ginza barmaid who fears that, as she faces her 30th birthday and the loss of her job, she will have... Read more

When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

7.9/10
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Moreno D'e Bartolli, Miki Manojlovic

Celebrated Balkan filmmaker Emir Kusturica won his first Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's highest honour, for this exuberant portrait of 1950s Y... Read more