Netflix and chill: International Films Edition

I am here to get you through the Monday blues and give you something to look forward to this weekend. Yes, I am your fairy godmother. Thank me later.

I started out with French films, taking home dvds from FIAF to practice the language. Then life got busier and I got introduced to Netflix. I have always been drawn to films in other languages. I am not sure why that is the case, but I personally find it very satisfying watching these types of films. I take trips to places without leaving my bed, make more mind friends and most often go to bed with a smile on my face.

Alright, if I have managed to persuade you, here’s a list of movies you can check out.

  • Black Girl  (La Noire de…) 1966; Ousmane Sembène, this man! He not only wrote one of my favorite books ‘God’s bits of wood‘, he also gave me my very first African movie. This movie is a must for all lovers of African literature and cinema.


  • Amélie (2001); Everyone should have a crush on Audrey Tautou. She is just brilliant. This movie is for everyone who has been called ‘weird’ or ‘strange’ or ‘other’. I also recommend you check her out in, Coco before Chanel and Priceless (Hors de prix).


  • The African Doctor (Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont) 2016; Guys, this movie made me fall in love with Aïssa Maïga. I was googling all things Aïssa, I was hungry for more Aïssa Maïga. And then found her in He even has your eyes (Il a déjà tes yeux). She’s so hard not to love, and both these movies will make you laugh, think, and leave you inspired.


  • The women’s balcony (2016); This Jewish movie has probably been the best movie (Netflix wise) I have watched this year.

While the mood is that of a gentle and affectionate comedy, the film makes some extremely sharp points about fanaticism, sexism masked as holiness, and tolerance among the faithful.

The theme of women empowerment runs through this entire movie. What happens when we gather together under a great cause can bring great results. The place of women in the church is of great importance. May I add, this movie is hilarious. My bags and I are ready for Isreal.


  • This is not what I expected (2017); I have never laughed as hard as I did while watching this Chinese romance meets cuisine movie. Ah! What a feel good movie this one is. Should you find yourself feeling a bit under the weather, I recommend this 100%. You’ll be laughing within minutes.

Well, that’s it for today. If you do get to watch any of these movies, do let me know how you found them. May you have the best week yet.


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