Increasingly, the films we watch are introducing languages other than English, as well and merging different nationalities into the storyline. Greater use of different nationals and foreign languages in film can add another layer to a film’s plot, themes and tone, as well as a means to introduce a different cultures experience to a new audience. Add to the conversation below by introducing your favorite multinational film.
One of the biggest films of 2018, commercially and culturally, Crazy Rich Asians wittily addresses nuances in traditional Chinese culture between overseas and local populations. The Chinese diaspora is a story shared by millions across the world and its deep resonation within these communities is one reason for the film’s success.
Hailed as a breakthrough for East-Asian representation in Western media, this brilliant romantic comedy breathes new life into the genre. Aside from using Mandarin alongside English dialogue, the film cleverly weaves important aspects of Chinese culture into the film. From an abundance of delicious food shots to its Chinese soundtrack, they all highlight what it means to have a dual identity.
Photo: Crazy Rich Asians Movie Poster. Credit: Faiz Zaki / Shutterstock.com
This multi-narrative drama depicts a collection of interwoven stories taking place across Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the US. If this wasn’t impressive enough, the film secured international funding from production companies based in the United States and Mexico.
Heavily themed on fate and circumstance, Babel forces audiences to empathise with its characters, highlighting the complexity of human nature and the consequences of seemingly trivial actions. Masterfully directed, Babel will hit you emotionally and make you rethink your perspective on the world.
Photo: Babel Movie Poster Credit: Babel Production / Distribution
Set in 1983 Italy, Call Me by Your Name employs English, French and Italian throughout its script. The film follows the blossoming relationship between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s 24-year-old graduate student assistant Oliver over the course of a summer.
A beautifully intimate story of first love, watching the film will make you yearn for a European countryside escape, as well as igniting a new desire to pick up French or Italian. Winning a slew of nominations across major film awards, Call Me by Your Name will continue to linger in your mind long after the first watch and if not, at least you’ll never be able to view a peach in the same light again.
Photo: Director of Call me By Your Name Luca Guadagnino and Author André Aciman at the movie screening Credit: Franz Richter https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en
Tarantino’s alternate-history war-drama about two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany leadership blends genres as well as languages (French, English & German in fact), producing a thoroughly thrilling and entertaining watch. As cultural faux-pas go, you’ll certainly remember the German 3-finger gesture next time you’re ordering a drink.
Garnering an impressive number of awards and nominations, the film is a relentless rollercoaster ride of excitement and intensity that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. Fans of Tarantino will enjoy, but those less fond of gratuitous violence may want to skip ahead to the next multinational pick.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20, 2009: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino & Melanie Laurent at the photocall for their new movie "Inglourious Basterds" in competition at the 62nd Festival de Cannes. Credit: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com