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What's the best film

... from your own respective countries?

TL | Oliver Gee
post 21.Mar.2013, 03:19 PM
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Hi guys!

I'm Oliver, one of the journalists at The Local Sweden, and I've been encouraged to join the discussion - so here I am. Pleased to meet you smile.gif

For my first post here, I'm going to try and create a list for film fans, based on this simple question:

If you could recommend one film from your native country, which would it be and why? (Don't forget to mention your native country).

For me, as an Australian, I'd recommend Strictly Ballroom, a film by the same guy who made Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge. It's a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary about the competitive ballroom-dancing scene in Australia.

Sounds ridiculous - is ridiculous - and well worth a watch.

What about you?
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Emilia Millicent
post 21.Mar.2013, 03:42 PM
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Joined: 6.Mar.2013

Morwern Callar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morvern_Callar_(film)

Or, of course, Trainspotting.

Does Harry Potter count? I mean, Hogwarts is in Scotland.
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Ronald_Tibbs
post 21.Mar.2013, 03:52 PM
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Hej All,

I'm from the USA and as you can imagine my list of movies would fill pages. One in particular stands out for personal reasons and reminds us all there are selfless, brave men and women losing their lives in far off corners of the world every day, often for less than honorable or justified reasons, but we cannot forget them or their sacrifices or the sacrifices of their families.

The made-for-TV movie "Taking Chance" is based on real-life events and stars Kevin Bacon.

I'd love to know what you think.
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Orwell1979
post 21.Mar.2013, 03:52 PM
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Joined: 4.Dec.2012

"Chimes at midnight" by Orson Welles. I'm from Spain.

Come on, don't look at me like that! It was shot in Spain and its production was spanish, so...
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intrepidfox
post 21.Mar.2013, 04:26 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

`Sorry. I must recommend 3 films. Breaking Glass with Hazel oconnor , Scum with Phil Daniels or Quadrophenia with The Who. I´m a londoner,
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TL | Oliver Gee
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:00 PM
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Joined: 21.Mar.2013

QUOTE (intrepidfox @ 21.Mar.2013, 04:26 PM) *
Sorry. I must recommend 3 films

Strictly against the rules... we're looking for one and one only smile.gif

And thanks for the other suggestions guys... I'm looking forward to seeing some of these!
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intrepidfox
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:05 PM
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Location: Gothenburg
Joined: 18.Jul.2012

A bit harsh
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gplusa
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:11 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

NZ - Once Were Warriors.

As a send -up Australian mockumentary, I'd rate Razzle Dazzle ahead of Strictly Ballroom. Neither of which can hold a candle to Kenny, naturally.
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Mzungu
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:35 PM
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Location: South Africa
Joined: 29.Aug.2004

Absolutely hilarious,informative and devoid of the usual rubbish,sex,murder and drugs one encounters in modern films...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gods_Must_Be_Crazy

*japie from...uk*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCQIGiXf0JA
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TL | Oliver Gee
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:37 PM
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@gplusa - Yes, Kenny is brilliant, as is Once Were Warriors. But I wonder if it can hold a candle to Whale Rider? Or that trilogy with all those little people with hairy feet...
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 21.Mar.2013, 05:39 PM
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Joined: 21.Dec.2006

Although my reply is not in accord with the OP's post, I must agree with gplusa.

NZ's, Once Were Warriors was one of the best "foreign" films I have ever seen...realistic, soul wrenching and sad.

As an aside, I have never seen any of the other films mentioned, it seems they never made it over "the pond"!
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nlidukdese
post 21.Mar.2013, 06:21 PM
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Joined: 31.Jan.2007

Character (Karakter), by Mike van Diem (Netherlands), based on a book and a novella by Ferdinand Bordewijk. It's about a complicated relationship between a father and son in 1920-1930s Rotterdam, as well as about the complicated relationship between justice and capitalism.

It won the Oscar for the best foreign film in 1998. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119448/reviews?ref_=tt_urv
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polartwist
post 21.Mar.2013, 10:14 PM
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Joined: 5.Feb.2013

"La dolce vita" by Federico Fellini, with the wonderful Anita Ekberg.
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jim747
post 30.Mar.2013, 10:41 AM
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Location: Umeå
Joined: 12.Aug.2006

Being Scottish i'd have to say Trainspotting, but there is an 80's cult classic called Restless Natives that's worth checking out smile.gif
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gplusa
post 30.Mar.2013, 10:49 AM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 4.Sep.2009

I have a soft spot for Scottish movies. One of the funniest movies I've seen was The Match. An absolute classic with brilliant dialogue and characterisations. I can't say that it was Scottish produced, but certainly themed. One of those clever movies which doesn't look terribly deep on the surface but in the end you almost find yourself a part of.
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