I was a late bloomer not watching my first foreign film until my mid-twenties. A born and bred Philly girl, my blue-collar upbringing made foreign films sound, well foreign, and by that I mean intimidating. Typing that makes me sound ridiculously naive, and that may very well have been the case, but if there is one thing foreign films teach us is that a difference in language and border does not make for a difference in the human experience. To answer my own question: they aren't...but they are so darn good.
My first was, The Hairdresser's Husband, and ever since then I've been hooked, lined and sunk. My most recent, Separation, a story about a couple who are torn apart one parent wanting to leave Iran to make a better life for their child and the other wanting to stay. A phenomenal film. Before that it was, The Skin I Live In, a plastic surgeon with a troubled past creates a synthetic skin for his mysterious guinea pig. This is one mind-blowing thriller. The next to be checked out, 13 Assassins, this is about a group of assassins that are sent to kill an evil war lord. How can this be bad?