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Frosted Flakes: Watching Foreign Language Films

What’s your favorite foreign language film?

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The streets in Guadalajara are quiet. There were definitely fewer people walking on the streets last weekend compared to last Monday or Tuesday. Local and state authorities have began to crack down on people who aren’t following the social distancing rules and it appears to be working. There are even stationed armed guards stationed at Mexican beaches to discourage anyone from going there. It’s right thing to do especially during Holy Week when a big gathering could lead to devastating consequences. It’s the last thing Mexico wants. Anyways enough about Mexico, I want to talk about foreign language films.

In my second last semester of college, I took a Latin American film class. Each class consisted of watching a movie, taking notes about it and turning in a paper for the next class with our thoughts about different aspects of the movie.

Needless to say, this ended up having quite an impact on my life. It gave me a great appreciation for foreign language films and since then, I have since made an effort to keep watching more of them. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any more room to take another foreign film class in my last semester of college. Looking back now, one thing I wish I did in college is take more foreign film classes and open my mind up to the beautiful world of international cinema. I also think it could be a great way to learn and understand more about a country you are visiting in the future.

Now that we’re all in quarantine, I’ve decided maybe now is a good time to pick out some good foreign films to watch again. A couple of Mexico’s most famous foreign films are ‘Amores Perros’ (Love is a Bitch) and ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ (And Your Mother Too). I watched these films in that Latin American film class and highly recommend both of them to everyone. I watched the latter film with a friend last night (via the Internet of course) and might start to make a habit again of watching a different foreign film or two a week. Maybe I will watch Grave of the Fireflies this weekend. Studio Ghibli has a lot of gems.

Have you ever watched foreign language films? If so, which one has impacted you the most? Czech Drama? Japanese Animation? Korean Thriller? French Romance? Is there a subject or class you wish you took in university but never had to opportunity to study? Hopefully today’s Flakes will open a nice discussion on this topic. Anyways onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

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