Best Non-English Films, 2000-2009

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1.
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
 
2.
La mala educación (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
 
3.
El espinazo del diablo (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
 
4.
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
5.
Les témoins (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. (112 mins.)
 
6.
Yi yi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
7.
Cidade de Deus (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
8.
Un conte de Noël (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas. (150 mins.)
 
9.
Le fils (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. (99 mins.)
 
10.
Wo hu cang long (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
11.
Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
12.
Hable con ella (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
 
13.
Le voyage du ballon rouge (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. (115 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
14.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs. (127 mins.)
 
15.
Persepolis (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
16.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
17.
Volver (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
18.
L'heure d'été (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Assayas
 
19.
Sommersturm (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A close friendship between two crew teammates is tested when one slowly discovers he's gay and attracted to the other. (98 mins.)
 
20.
Shiqi sui de dan che (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age. (113 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
21.
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. (120 mins.)
 
22.
Dare mo shiranai (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
 
23.
Entre les murs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
24.
L'enfant (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son. (95 mins.)
 
25.
Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind. (93 mins.)
 
26.
Être et avoir (2002 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher. (104 mins.)
 
27.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
 
28.
El laberinto del fauno (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
29.
Glue (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
"A teenage summer in a small town in the desert, a dysfunctional family, a rock band, a can full of glue... (110 mins.)
 
30.
Takhté siah (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran... (88 mins.)