pop culture imports

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

You ready for your biweekly dose of subtitles? Welcome back to Pop Culture Imports, where I tell you about the foreign-language TV shows and movies that are worth watching without turning on the awkward English dubbing. This week, we have a cerebral Spanish space romance, an Israeli documentary about a Holocaust survivor that takes an unexpected turn, Brazil’s answer to The Wire, an acclaimed anime series, and a (literal) gender-bent French romantic-comedy.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and dive in.

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the mechanism trailer

Time for yet another original from Netflix. The Mechanism (or O Mecanismo) hails from Narcos executive producer José Padilha and is inspired by a true story about events in Brazil that launched the biggest corruption scandal of all time. Watch The Mechanism trailer below.

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The Mechanism trailer

Director Jose Padilha may not be a household name yet, but action movie junkies will recognize him as the filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and Netflix aficionados may recall that he a director and producer of the streaming service’s true life cartel show, Narcos.

Now Netflix has teamed with Padilha for an intense new crime drama in the vein of Narcos called The Mechanism, which tells a fictionalized version of “the biggest corruption story of all time.”
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