1997 Foreign Language Films

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1. Ashes of Paradise (1997)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Héctor Alterio, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Daniel Kuzniecka

Votes: 1,514

Argentina

2. The Unfish (1997)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

Sophie "inherits" her uncle's preserved whale and finds out that whoever sleeps in the whale's belly with her will be granted one wish. That causes chaos and hatred in the village.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Maria Schrader, Eva Herzig, Andreas Lust, Georges Kern

Votes: 169

Austria

3. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)

R | 88 min | Drama

Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in his community when he dresses in girls clothes and insists he's a girl.

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

Votes: 8,178 | Gross: $2.28M

Belgium

4. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,311 | Gross: $0.31M

Brazil

5. Cosmos (1996)

99 min | Comedy, Drama

Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see, a mystery man, a gay man who may or may not be ... See full summary »

Directors: Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Carl Alacchi, Audrey Benoit, France Castel, Pascal Contamine

Votes: 439

Canada

6. La deuda (1997)

90 min | Drama

A usurer nicknamed The Turk is killed. Mysteriously, everyone in the village had problems with him and anyone could have been his killer.

Directors: Nicolás Buenaventura, Manuel José Álvarez | Stars: Nicolás Buenaventura, Manuel José Álvarez, Vicky Hernández, Jairo Camargo

Votes: 67

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

8. Lapitch the Little Shoemaker (1997)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Fed up with the harsh treatment his master has given him, a brave little mouse (and later his dog, Brewster) sets off on an adventure.

Director: Milan Blazekovic | Stars: Ivan Gudeljevic, Maja Rozman, Tarik Filipovic, Pero Juricic

Votes: 478

Croatia

9. Vertical Love (1997)

100 min | Comedy

The architecture student Estela (Silvia Aguila) makes a suicide attempt after her plans for solving Havana's housing shortage are rejected. This brings her into contact with earthy, cynical... See full synopsis »

Director: Arturo Sotto Díaz | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Sílvia Águila, Susana Pérez, Manuel Porto

Votes: 94

Cuba

10. Forgotten Light (1996)

105 min | Drama

Father Holy, a village priest, battles against the state and religious bureaucracies of 1980s Czechoslovakia in his fight to raise money for a new church roof. Permeated by his love for the... See full summary »

Director: Vladimír Michálek | Stars: Bolek Polívka, Veronika Zilková, Petr Kavan, Jirí Pecha

Votes: 247

Czech Republic

11. Barbara (1997)

143 min | Drama

Young vicar Mr. Paul arrives at the Faroe Islands to take up a benefice, and meets the young Barbara, twice married to vicars, and with both husbands laid cold in the grave. Despite the ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Malmros | Stars: Anneke von der Lippe, Helene Egelund, Trond Høvik, Lars Simonsen

Votes: 442

Denmark

12. Destiny (1997)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Mahmood Hemaidah, Layla Olwi

Votes: 2,306

Egypt

13. The Collector (1997)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Eevi's life isn't going the way she would want it to, so she runs away, leaving destruction in her wake. No one will ever say no to her again.

Director: Auli Mantila | Stars: Leea Klemola, Elina Hurme, Rea Mauranen, Henriikka Salo

Votes: 401

Finland

14. Western (1997)

TV-PG | 124 min | Comedy, Romance

Catalonian Paco is a traveling rep for a shoe manufacturer. When he stops to pick up Russian emigree hitchhiker Nino, Paco soon finds himself on the side of the road with everything stolen ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Poirier | Stars: Sergi López, Sacha Bourdo, Élisabeth Vitali, Marie Matheron

Votes: 994 | Gross: $0.20M

France

15. Beyond Silence (1996)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music

Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit

Votes: 3,962 | Gross: $0.17M

Germany

16. Slaughter of the Cock (1996)

155 min | Drama

Longing for a better life Evagoras and Onisilios, decide to emigrate to the Persian Gulf to earn enough money to start their own business. When they return home, the pair open a night club. However, their past catches up with them.

Director: Andreas Pantzis | Stars: Georges Corraface, Dimitris Vellios, Valeria Golino, Popi Avraam

Votes: 61

Greece

17. The Witman Boys (1997)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

Turn-of-the-century Hungary. Two young brothers, neglected by their cold and uncaring mother, descend deeper and deeper into psychosis, with tragic consequences.

Director: János Szász | Stars: Maia Morgenstern, Alpár Fogarasi, Szabolcs Gergely, Lajos Kovács

Votes: 292

Hungary

19. Guru (2007)

Not Rated | 166 min | Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director: Mani Ratnam | Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhavan

Votes: 20,585 | Gross: $2.09M

India

20. Gabbeh (1996)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

When an old couple washes their gabbeh - a type of Persian rug - a young woman magically appears and tells them her life story.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami, Abbas Sayah

Votes: 2,836 | Gross: $0.27M

Iran

21. Afula Express (1997)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

David is a garage electrician, who dreamt all of his life of becoming a magician, but had no luck in it. His girlfriend Batya wants an ordinary life, but David is still looking for his ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Shles | Stars: Zvika Hadar, Esti Zakheim, Aryeh Moskona, Orli Perl

Votes: 180

Israel

22. The Best Man (1997)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

Incredibly, the bride at the altar falls in love with the best man on first sight, and even though he makes efforts to avoid her infatuation with him, she is determined to annul her ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Diego Abatantuono, Inés Sastre, Dario Cantarelli, Cinzia Mascoli

Votes: 392 | Gross: $0.09M

Italy

23. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 307,877 | Gross: $2.38M

Japan

24. Elles (1997)

115 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

Five women, all near the wrong side of forty, face life's ups and downs together with laughter, tears, and sometimes irony. Their only imperative: live, love and live some more.

Director: Luís Galvão Teles | Stars: Miou-Miou, Carmen Maura, Marthe Keller, Marisa Berenson

Votes: 283

Luxembourg

25. Gypsy Magic (1997)

126 min | Comedy, Drama

In a Macedonian gypsy village local man meets an Indian UNPROFOR physician whom he sees as solution to all his troubles.

Director: Stole Popov | Stars: Bekir Adnan, Ali Ahmed, Petre Arsovski, Saban Bajramovic

Votes: 428

Macedonia

26. Deep Crimson (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovani Florido

Votes: 1,504

Mexico

27. Character (1997)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jacob Katadreuffe lives mute with his mother, has no contact with his father who only works against him and wants to become a lawyer, at all costs.

Director: Mike van Diem | Stars: Pavlik Jansen op de Haar, Jan Decleir, Fedja van Huêt, Betty Schuurman

Votes: 10,091 | Gross: $0.71M

Netherlands

28. Junk Mail (1997)

83 min | Comedy, Thriller

A lazy postman puts his nose where it doesn't belong.

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Robert Skjærstad, Andrine Sæther, Per Egil Aske, Eli Anne Linnestad

Votes: 1,936

Norway

29. Milagros (1997)

130 min | Drama

Milagros is a prostitute who becomes the maid of a family of four men. With them, she finds the family she never had. With her, each man finds the salvation he needs. Together, they begin ... See full summary »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Sharmaine Arnaiz, Dante Rivero, Joel Torre, Raymond Bagatsing

Votes: 10

Philippines

30. Love Stories (1997)

87 min | Romance, Comedy

Four stories of love: yearned-for, betrayed, found. In the confessional, a priest is confronted for the first time by his eleven-year-old daughter (and seeks advice from his mother); a ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Stuhr | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Dominika Ostalowska, Irina Alfyorova, Karolina Ostrozna

Votes: 472

Poland

31. Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)

91 min | Biography, Drama

Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Yves Gautier, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória

Votes: 654

Portugal

32. The Thief (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet...

Director: Pavel Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Yekaterina Rednikova, Mikhail Filipchuk, Dima Chigaryov

Votes: 4,654 | Gross: $1.13M

Russia

33. Orbis Pictus (1997)

107 min | Drama, Fantasy

In Slovakia, the sixteen year-old Terezka is discharged from her school with a letter to her mother. Along her surrealistic journey to find her mother, Terezka entwines reality and fantasy ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Sulík | Stars: Dorota Nvotová, Emília Vásáryová, Frantisek Kovár, Marián Labuda

Votes: 286

Slovakia

34. Outsider (I) (1997)

100 min | Drama

A teenager, son of an army officer moves with his family to Ljubljana in the fall of 1979. In the new surroundings, he'll fall in love, make friends and discover the world of punk rock. The... See full summary »

Director: Andrej Kosak | Stars: Demeter Bitenc, Miranda Caharija, Nina Ivanic, Jure Ivanusic

Votes: 1,076

Slovenia

35. Paljas (1997)

119 min | Drama

A family's life in the Karoo (a semi-desert area in South Africa) is changed when a travelling circus leaves behind a clown.

Director: Katinka Heyns | Stars: Marius Weyers, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Ian Roberts, Ellis Pearson

Votes: 231

South Africa

36. Secrets of the Heart (1997)

105 min | Drama

Javi and his friend Carlos snoop around an old house on the way home from school. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is ... See full summary »

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Charo López, Silvia Munt, Vicky Peña

Votes: 1,650

Spain

37. Tic Tac (II) (1997)

96 min | Drama, Thriller

In a single night the paths of a random few are to cross which inevitably will seal their respective destinies. By dawn the city of Stockholm, though seemingly unchanged, to some is all very different - if they live to see it.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Oliver Loftéen, Tuva Novotny, Jacob Nordenson, Tintin Anderzon

Votes: 1,393

Sweden

38. For Ever Mozart (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Madeleine Assas, Ghalia Lacroix, Bérangère Allaux, Vicky Messica

Votes: 786

Switzerland

39. Wo de shen jing bing (1997)

114 min | Comedy

This is a four-part anthology comedy. The themes of four parts are: car, house, body and friendship. The central characters are a plastic surgeon Chen, a nurse, an experienced maid, three ... See full summary »

Director: Shaudi Wang | Stars: Shiang-chyi Chen, Chieh-Hui Hsu, Pao-Ming Ku, Cheng-sheng Lin

Votes: 21

Taiwan

41. The Bandit (1996)

TV-MA | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baran the Bandit, released from prison after 35 years, searches for vengeance and his lover.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Yesim Salkim

Votes: 58,299

Turkey

42. A Friend of the Deceased (1997)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Tolla takes out a contract on himself and then changes his mind.

Directors: Leonid Boyko, Vyacheslav Krishtofovich | Stars: Tetyana Kryvytska Stang Lund, Aleksandr Lazarev, Anzhelika Nevolina, Elena Korikova

Votes: 320 | Gross: $0.15M

Ukraine

43. One Life and Two Trails (1997)

100 min | Drama

The story of Romer, who on his 50th birthday, returns to the Andes where he grew up after he has a premonition that his mother has died. On his journey he comes to a fork in the road, and ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Arvelo | Stars: Germán Mendieta, Jordani Montilla, John Marquez, Nelson Ramírez

Votes: 55

Venezuela

44. Three Summer Days (1997)

90 min | Drama

Life of refugees from Bosnia in Serbia during the war years.

Director: Mirjana Vukomanovic | Stars: Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac, Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Milena Dravic

Votes: 196

Yugoslavia



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