Movie buffs should consider watching foreign films if they haven’t yet started. Watching films made in other countries opens up our minds to different perspectives, views, and cultures which we may not learn from books or other media. A movie is practically life in motion and allows us to watch as passive observers, not prying into people’s lives.
The obvious obstacle in watching a foreign film is the language barrier. It is the reason why, quite understandably, people are not very inclined to watch foreign movies of any kind. When given the chance and opportunity however, we should not pass up the chance to watch a worthwhile foreign movie.
Foreign films are shown in many different venues. You can watch them in commercial theaters, in film festivals, and in events hosted by various embassies. But streaming movies online is also a common option available. If you are afraid that you may not have the patience it takes to understand a foreign film in a commercial or public venue, then you can try watching your first foreign movie in the comfort of your own home. You may have to read through subtitles while watching the movie to help you understand the story and the dialogues.
Another option in watching foreign movie – one that is significantly easier — is to choose a foreign movie that has been dubbed in English or your preferred language. This eliminates the need to read the subtitles while watching the movie. However, dubbed movies are usually available in a limited number of languages.
There is a wide range of excellent foreign films available as streaming movies. Although it is natural for viewers to choose among the more recently released category, it has to be noted that there are many foreign films that have earned various accolades in previous award-giving ceremonies. You can also consider looking into recommendations given by movie critics, movie bloggers, film geeks or in various forum boards dedicated to movies. You can always be adventurous and select stream movies based on instinct or interest.
You can also base your choice on the actors included in the movie. A sense of familiarity will somehow make watching a foreign movie easier to do. If possible, a foreign movie should be watched without interruption because of the degree of concentration that is needed in watching a foreign-language movie. There is an advantage in having equally interested companions in watching.
This article has been contributed by guest blogger, Adam. Adam is a foreign language student who complements his learning through foreign stream movies.