Modern Foreign Languages Film List

28th September, 2016

Film represents a valuable tool to support language learning; students will find themselves engaged by the characters, story, and representation of culture as well as absorbing how the language is spoken.

Useful to increase vocabulary and improve pronunciation as well as enhancing listening skills, this selection of films represents the most widely studied Modern Foreign Languages as well as celebrating the film culture of France, Spain and Germany.


The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) U (5+)

Duration: 34mins
Year: 1956
Director(s): Albert Lamorisse
Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Vladimir Popov, Georges Sellier, Paul Perey, Rene Marion

One of the greatest children's films of all time, this much-loved (mostly dialogue-free) French movie is about a young boy and his toy balloon.

This charming, largely non-dialogue classic short film following Pascal and his balloon is a great way to introduce French language learning.

Ernest and CelestineErnest and Celestine U (7+)

Duration: 77mins
Year: 2012
Director(s): Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Anne-Marie Loop

A beautiful animation about an unlikely friendship between a big clown bear and a clever orphan mouse, from the makers of A Town Called Panic!

A sweet French film about overcoming differences, this animated film has little dialogue and is easy for young language learners to follow.

ValentinValentin PG (7+)

Duration: 81mins
Year: 2002
Director(s): Alejandro Agresti
Cast: Carmen Maura, Rodrigo Noya, Julieta Cardinali

Tender-hearted Spanish-language drama about an eight-year-old boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

This Argentinian comedy is set in the 1960s and focuses on a young boy who is desperate to have a family just like those of his friends  but his father keeps bringing back women that Valentin isnt sure will fit the bill as a new mother.

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Berlin '36Berlin '36 PG (11+)

Duration: 97mins
Year: 2009
Director(s): Kaspar Heidelbach
Cast: Axel Prahl, Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky

German drama showcasing the experience of two athletes in the lead-up to the Berlin-hosted 1936 Olympics, based on a true story.

This historical drama explores the strange but true story of a male athlete brought in during the 1936 Olympics to challenge Germanys best female high-jumper, because she was Jewish.

Pan's LabyrinthPan's Labyrinth 15 (14+)

Duration: 118mins
Year: 2006
Director(s): Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil

Outstanding fantasy grounded in a Spanish Civil War setting, about a girl who discovers a magical maze at her ruthless stepfather's remote army base.

This surreal fantasy film set during the turbulent 1930s in Spain reframes the horrors of the civil war through the eyes of a young girl whose nightmares make more sense than the reality that surrounds her.

Bande De Filles (Girlhood)Bande De Filles (Girlhood) 15 (14+)

Duration: 110mins
Year: 2014
Director(s): Celine Sciamma
Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karanoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté

Energetic and honest coming-of-age drama about a teenagers new friendship with a group of girls in the suburbs of Paris.

French drama about Marime, a girl from a difficult home who after failing school falls in with a new friendship group who encourage her pursue a different path. However, the responsibilities of her old life still weigh heavy on her, and the independence encouraged by her new friends is not without its difficulties.

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