It’s no secret that Netflix hosts a ton of bingeable TV shows and movies. One section that you may have overlooked amidst the wide range of content available is international films. If you’re from the U.S., then all these films can be found under the “Movies” tab in the genre labeled “International.” Although they’re super easy to locate in one spot, the amount of titles can seem overwhelming at first! Here is a list of truly beautiful films to see at least once in your lifetime and it help you start browsing international films on Netflix:
This whimsical French film is also highly acclaimed and creates an atmospheric Parisian environment of its own. Each shot is aesthetically pleasing and the consistent usage of warm vibrant colors adds to its unique charm. “Amélie” is centered around a young waitress named Amélie Poulain who increasingly meddles in the lives of those around her while being rather isolated herself. It also includes a beautiful score by Yann Tiersen which further aids in creating a magical world on screen. If you’re a fan of quirky films or just want to admire some breathtaking visuals, then “Amélie” is a great choice!
2. City of God
This renowned 2002 Brazilian film was nominated for four Oscars and features amazing editing and cinematography. From its fast-paced intro sequence, “City of God” will captivate your attention and will certainly impact you long after its haunting conclusion. This film draws attention to the harsh realities of life for civilians in the suburbs of Rio by following the youth in Cidade de Deus, or City of God, from the 1960s to 1980s. The film shines light on the consequences of cyclical and mindless violence through its jarring shots and seamless editing. It is a superb example of a socially conscious film that masterfully utilizes pacing and artistic detail.
3. Train to Busan
This 2016 South Korean film is an action thriller that has received critical praise and takes place during a sudden zombie outbreak. It follows a father and daughter as they find themselves in a train with other terrified passengers in the midst of countrywide chaos. This film not only contains the fears and thrilling suspense common to zombie films but it also has highly emotional elements. Even if you may not be a fan of zombie films, this South Korean film applies unique twists to the genre that will not only entertain you, but also tug at your heartstrings in unexpected ways.
4. Mr. Nobody
“Mr. Nobody” is the English-language debut film of Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. This is an ambitious film as it spans varying time frames and locations to explore universal themes and the existence of humanity through stunning visuals. Set in the year 2092, “Mr. Nobody” focuses on the last living mortal on Earth, Nemo Nobody, and delves into his memories. If you’re looking for a film with a typical plot structure and an easy-to-follow narrative, then this may not be the film for you. However, if you want to appreciate beautiful visuals, cinematography and leave a film feeling deeply impacted, then this is one of the best films on Netflix to watch!
5. The Beauty Inside
This is one of the last films on Netflix that is mainly included for its aesthetics and the overall charming vibe and environment it creates. The Beauty Inside is a 2015 South Korean romantic comedy with fantastical elements. The film follows the life of a man who wakes up in a completely different body every day. It is a feel-good romance film that, along with every other film in this list, is extremely re-watchable as you can always admire its atmospheric visuals and non-conventional storytelling.