Thursday Movie Picks: German Language Films


This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is kind of special to me, and also kind of hard. German is the only other language I speak besides English (though I'm getting quite terrible because I never practice anymore..I should) Yet, I haven't seen nearly as many German films that I've liked as I should. So here are the ones that stick out for me. And before you ask, yes I've seen Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) and I hate it. 

1) Nowhere in Africa

I just love this movie. I started off kind of hating the parents in this film, but they eventually got better and I had the ugliest cry face at the end. Though not all my Four Ways a Best Picture buddies agreed with me.  

2) The Live of Others

This film is just excellent from top to bottom. (Okay, I could've done without that guy forcing himself on the girl in the car scene) but it's is so interesting I couldn't really take my eyes off it. 

3) A Coffee in Berlin

This film was fun, and Berlin is such a gorgeous city when shot in black and white. This was one of my Indie Gems a few weeks ago. I hope more people see it. 

26 comments:

  1. I love The Lives of Others, I'm quite interested in that period of history as well. Didn't select this week because I had already selected it before

    Haven't seen the two, think this is the second time Nowhere in Africa has turned up. Haven't heard of your third choice, but Berlin is a wonderful city. It has Europe's only openly gay major (as far as I am aware).

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    1. I've been to Germany, but never to Berlin. That's definitely a city I'd love to visit.

      It's hard not to use the same film twice sometimes, I hate when that happens.

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  2. Haven't seen any of these, my knowledge of German films is minimal, but The Lives of Others looks to be the title of the week so I'll be seeking it out. I have seen Run, Lola, Run and thought it was okay, nothing I'd revisit anytime soon but entertaining for what it was.

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    1. The Lives of Others is just exellent all around. You should definitely check it out. I expected Lola Rennt to be popular this week, but I've only seen it on one list.

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  3. I've only seen The Lives of Others, which I almost wound up picking myself, but you've got me wanting to check out Coffee in Berlin.

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  4. I figured everyone would pick The Lives of Others this week, making me feel EVEN WORSE that I still haven't seen it LOL. I'm really intrigued by Nowhere in Africa after the roundtable discussion.

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    1. lol The Lives of Others will be in a later round table discussion, so you should totally see it. :)

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  5. Big yes on The Lives of Others. Not so big on Nowhere in Africa. Still haven't seen A Coffee in Berlin. I'm getting there. Great work.

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  6. I really enjoyed the first two, but Coffee in Berlin didn't do anything for me. Too rambling. The city did look beautiful though.

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    1. I can definitely see how that one isn't for everyone. ha

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  7. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You damn near lost me at 'hating Run Lola Run', but luckily...you're you and I didn't punt my laptop through a wall in protest.

    Anyway, I haven't seen any of the films you mentioned, though The Lives of Others seems like a possibility. The other two? Well, what's German for not f--king likely?

    Great post!

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    1. lol Yeah, Run Lola Run drove me insane the first time I saw it. I never want to visit it again

      Also I think something like "nicht ficken wahrscheinlich"

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  8. Yep. We're right in line on this one. I haven't seen your third pick but it looks interesting.

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    1. I hope you like it if you ever get around to seeing it.

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  9. I've only seen The Lives of Others as it's a film I truly love.

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  10. *gasp* You hate Run Lola Run? :( So glad to see The Lives of Others on here. That movie is brilliant!

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  11. Brittani, you are not alone! I did not like Run Lola Run. Too trippy for me

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  12. The Lives of Others is an interesting film, and no doubt carries so much message that will keep viewers glued to their seats to see it all through the end. A great example why German films should always be in a person's movie collection - stimulating, enthralling, and riveting.

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    1. I definitely agree! Thanks for stopping by.

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