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Some Dark Foreign Cinema You May Have Missed

I am heavily focused on independent cinema, horror films, and world cinema. I hope you become interested in the films I discuss.


Micheal (Austrian)

This is a harrowing tale, a very hard watch but a film so well-crafted and captivating that you cant take your eyes off the screen.

The film follows an office-drone called Michael. He seems like an ordinary guy. Actually, he seems to live a boring life. When he finishes his office day job, we soon realise that Micheal has kidnapped a young boy which he keeps locked in his basement.

The film leaves it up to you to figure out what this young boy is going through. Sometimes I think our own minds can be worse, though. It is very disturbing, but not graphic. A must-watch for fans of bleak cinema.

This is the first film from Markus Schleinzer, the protege of the amazing Micheal Haneke. Any fans of Haneke's work might understand the dark but mesmerising tone of this film.


The Silence (Germany)

Two retired police officers are thrown into an old unsolved case. In the summer of 1968, a young girl was brutally raped and murdered in a small rural German town. Her body was disposed of and all that was left at the scene was her bicycle.

Many years later, the exact same murder happens again, another bicycle is found in the same wheat field as 23 years ago.

I can'y recommend this enough. If you're a fan of a slow-burning and intelligent serial killer drama then please look no further. This will not disappoint you.

This film is based on the novel of the same name by Jan Costin Wagner.

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Darkland (Denmark)

This Danish thriller is relatively new. I had the chance to review it when it played at Fantasia FilmFestival (which was awesome).

The film focuses on a rich Muslim doctor. He turns his brother away when he asks to borrow money to pay a gang of thugs. He had no idea that would be the last time he would see his younger brother. His brother was attacked, beaten, and killed.

Instead of waiting for police to solve a gang-related Muslim death, he takes matters into his own hands. He becomes a masked vigilante and decides to take down the thugs that killed his brother, one by one.

I thought this was an awesome film. Not all reviews have been great but I ask you to make up your own mind.


El Infierno (Mexico)

Okay, so this one is also a bit of a comedy, but man, it's still dark af. The film follows a man called Benny who has just been deported to Mexico from the U.S. Benny told his family he was living the American dream, but in reality, he was in jail most of the time.

Benny seems like a nice guy who tries his hardest to earn an honest living. Everywhere he looks there is corruption and his old friends are trying to get him into a cartel. Broke, under pressure, and left with no choice, Benny sees no choice but to join the cartel.

If you enjoyed the Netflix hits Narcos, or more importantly, El Chapo, then you will find a lot to love about El Infierno.

I sure hope I have hooked some of you up with new movies to watch.

Thanks for reading.

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