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Foreign Films You Can Enjoy With Your Family

Christmas is just around the corner, which means everyone is making plans to spend time with their family. But it’s the middle of winter so you’re going to spend most of the time at home surrounded by your loved ones. Many people use this time to sit down with some popcorn and watch a marathon of Christmas movies. While that’s a great idea (“The Polar Express” never gets old) it’s also okay if you want to try something different. So, if you’re bored with the usual line-up of Christmas movies here are some fun, foreign films you can enjoy with your family. These are not necessarily Christmas movies but all of them are great for watching with your family.

  • “Amelie”

Set in the quaint coffee shops and cobblestoned streets of Paris, French movie “Amelie” is a touching love story that will make you smile. The protagonist, with her introverted personality and wild imagination, is keen on helping others and making the people around her happy. But when the same opportunity knocks on her door, her shyness gets in the way. This film is like a Wes Anderson movie but more extra. The children in your family will love the vibrant cinematography and quirky characters.

Available on: Hulu.

  • “Queen”

When the protagonist’s fiancée breaks up with her just days before her grand wedding, she takes her broken heart and a single flight ticket and goes on her honeymoon all by herself. This Hindi-language movie starts off in the labyrinths of small-town India and follows Rani as she comes of age in the dreamy cities of Europe. This film about loving and finding yourself is bound to make even the grown-ups in your family a little emotional.

Available on: Netflix.

  • “Return to the 36th Chamber”

If you want to watch a film that is laugh-out-loud hilarious, “Return to the 36th Chamber” has got you covered. The protagonist, troubled by local thugs, enrolls to become a monk in a Shaolin temple and study martial arts to defend himself and protect his people. What follows is one incredible (and painful) exercise after another that he needs to excel in. A sweet film about good triumphing over evil, this film is bound to make you look at the world with a little more hope.

Available on: Netflix.

Purva was born and brought up in Mumbai, India and is now a graduate journalism student at Ohio University. She is interested in women's magazines and issues of diversity in the media.
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