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)

Basque Ball (2004)

Director: Julio Medem

This fascinating and thought-provoking documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia) explores the unique language and traditions of... Read more

Battle Heater (1990)

Director: Joji Iida
Starring: Pappara Kawai, Akira Emoto, Kaoru Okunuki

When the Kotatsu heater he finds on a rubbish dump turns out to be the host for a demonic entity, Furuchi has to find a way to return it to its rightf... Read more

Beautiful Boxer (2003)

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Starring: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatri, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom

A stylish, powerful and poignant blend of testosterone and oestragen telling the true story of Nang Toom, a delicate boy who felt out of place in his... Read more

Beauty Remains (2005)

Director: Ann Hu
Starring: Xun Zhou, Vivian Wu, Wang Zhiwen, Lisa Lu

Set against the backdrop of Communism's rise in 1949 China, it is 15 years since a poor, illegitimate schoolgirl was abandoned; now her spoilt half-si... Read more

Bed and Board ( Domicile Conjugal ) (1970)

Director: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Claude Jade, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Hiroko Berghauer

This warm and affectionate film, the penultimate in the Antoine Doinel series, depicts French middle-class life with ironic and wry humour. Jean-Pierr... Read more

Behind the Sun (2001)

Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Ravi Ramos Lacerda, Rodrigo Santoro

Walter Salles ("Central Station") helmed this powerful drama set in the Brazilian badlands in 1910, where a feud between two families boils over into... Read more

Beijing Bicycle (2002)

Director: Wang Xiao-Shuai
Starring: Xun Zhou, Cui Lin, Li Bin

Director/co-scripter Wang Xiao-Shuai's Sino-flavoured take on De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief" follows a rural Chinese youth who comes to Beijing and lan... Read more

Belle Epoque (1992)

Director: Fernando Trueba
Starring: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdu

Set in 1931, a time of promise and optimism in pre-Franco Spain, this delightfully earthy, cheerful comedy tells of a hearty young army deserter (Jorg... Read more

Betty Blue (1986)

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Beatrice Dalle, Gerard Darmon

Jean-Jacques Beineix has restored 62 minutes to his romantic masterpiece ('Version Integrale') expanding the adventures of Betty and Zorg. There are s... Read more

Beyond Hypothermia (1996)

Director: Patrick Leung
Starring: Wu Chien-Lien, Lau Ching Wan, Shirley Wong, Sang Woo Han

Jacqueline Wu plays a (literally) cold-blooded nameless assassin. She knows only two people, the Cambodian woman who gives her assignments and Long S... Read more