It’s no secret that we tend to get caught up in our own little bubbles as we meander through this crazy little thing called life; that’s why we here at Goliath try and make concerted efforts to seek out new experiences and media to help broaden our horizons and gather insight into other cultures and peoples. With that in mind, we’ve done some research and pulled together 10 stellar foreign language films (anything but English, people) that you can watch right now that’ll teach you something about how life operates in other areas of the world. We’ve got some pretty famous ones in here, so settle in and fire up your Netflix account and get ready for some subtitles.
10. The Lunchbox (2013)
This charming little Indian film was directed by Ritesh Batra and stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Told through a series of letters (an ingenious storytelling device that works quite well in the film), it chronicles the budding relationship between a young housewife named Ila and a soon-to-be retired accountant named Saajan. Ila, whose husband is having an affair, is surprised when her husband’s lunchbox is returned clean with a note; Saajan is equally surprised when his regular mail-order meal transforms into delicious, home cooked eats when the famous mailbox delivery service of India makes a mistake. It’s a serendipitous turn of events that leads the two characters together, and sets the stage for an impending romance that remains untold at the film’s conclusion. The Lunchbox received excellent reviews upon its release, with critics highlighting its well developed characters and unique plot device.