6. The Trader (Georgia) — Netflix

The Trader is a sleepy, short documentary that follows a traveling merchant in rural Georgia who sells secondhand clothes and items from the back of his minibus. Directed by Tamta Gabrichidze, not much happens in the brief documentary, but it feels profoundly affecting all the same. On the surface, The Trader seems like a heartwarming peek into the daily lives of rural Georgians whose main currency is potatoes. But the documentary ends up being a harrowing snapshot of an impoverished village full of people who have given up on their ambitions, and children who happily rifle through broken toys but have no hope for the future. The Trader only opens a brief 23-minute window into the lives of rural Georgians, but it’s an immensely powerful 23 minutes.

Watch This If You Like: The Gleaners and I, contemplating the injustice of the world.

7. Babylon Berlin (Germany) — Netflix

A  German period drama television series based on novels by Volker KutscherBabylon Berlin follows police commissioner Gereon Rath in 1929 Berlin, as he uncovers a great conspiracy while investigating one of the city’s biggest pornography rings. At the same time, another conspiracy unfolds as Soviet rebels hijack a train in a mission hatched by Trotsky supporters in the city.

Extravagant, stylish, and kinetic, Babylon Berlin lives up to its reputation as the most expensive non-English drama series ever produced, portraying a jazz-age city on the cusp of a cultural explosion and a foreboding future of violence and fascism. The complex character arcs and whirlwind narrative makes it one of the most binge-able new series on Netflix.

Watch This If You Like: The Crown, The Americans, Boardwalk Empirespies and simulated sex.

8. Re: Mind (Japan) — Netflix

Re: Mind is probably the fastest binge you’ll ever go through. A plot twist-heavy thriller, Re: Mind opens on a group of 11 high school classmates who wake up with silk bags on their heads and irons clapped to their feet, bound to an elegant dining table in a Victorian-inspired room. But a dramatized Escape Room this series is not, as the girls hopelessly try to free from themselves over the course of 13 episodes. Instead, the series becomes an elaborate game of “whodunnit,” with the girls eventually pointing the finger at each other. Re: Mind is a surprisingly addicting series for a show that takes place essentially in one setting, with twist after twist compelling you to watch on.

Watch This If You Like: Saw, Cube, Liar Game, the most frustrating game of Escape Room.

9. Love Per Square Foot (India) — Netflix

I told you there would be Bollywood! But it’s arguable whether Love Per Square Foot, with its meager six songs, would totally qualify for that label. Easily disposable songs or not, Love Per Square Foot is a charming Indian Hindi-language romantic-comedy about house hunting. Really.

The movie follows Sanjay (Vicky Kaushal) and Karina (Angira Dhar), two millennials living in cramped family conditions in Mumbai who are desperate for the chance to live in their own homes. But pricey real estate dictates that the two must fake a marriage so that they can secure a loan for a couples condo. Yeah it’s a cliched “fake relationships” movie, but Love Per Square Foot is a fun clash of personalities, clash of cultures movie (Sanjay’s family is Hindu while Karina’s is devoutly Christian) that zips and zags, even under a few too many subplots.

Watch This If You Like: The Proposal, What Happens in Vegas, Leap Year, rich and delectable cheese.

10. Prison Playbook (South Korea) — Netflix

Prison Playbook is a black comedy from popular Korean TV creator Shin Won-ho, known for his critically acclaimed Reply series, a slice-of-life anthology TV show whose different seasons took place in 1997, 1994, and 1988. Prison Playbook follows a beloved baseball player who gets convicted of assault and sent to prison. Like many a Korean drama, the narrative starts off at a sluggish pace, but after three episodes, Prison Playbook establishes itself as an intriguing, darkly humorous character drama. While the supporting characters are a riot, the lead (Park Hae Soo) is a bit dull, though it is tough to play a blank-faced dullard as written. The unorthodox flashbacks and timeline contrivances keep things interesting — both are common tools with Shin — and the stellar supporting performances make Prison Playbook worth a watch.

Watch This If You Like: Orange is the New Black

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