(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
It seems like every month heralds the debut of a new streaming service, or at least a newly rebranded streaming service. And with more and more streaming platforms come more opportunities to watch international movies that you wouldn’t have had the chance to before. Yes, I know that it’s ridiculous to pay for the obscene amount of streaming services out there, but that’s what free trials are for, baby! This month we saw the launch of Paramount+, and with it come a few foreign-language classics that you might have missed. Of course, Netflix, Hulu, and all the rest still have new offerings each month, a couple of which are in danger of getting buried in the algorithms.
So let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Bombay Rose
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: In the bustling city of Bombay, a young flower seller Kamala is the breadwinner for her younger sister and infirm grandfather. One day, she meets Salim, an orphaned refugee who sells bouquets on the streets and dreams of being a Bollywood hero, and they fall in love.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: India’s award-winning animation master Gitanjali Rao made her debut feature with Bombay Rose at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where it received raves for its hand-painted animation style that looked like an impressionist painting come to life. But like many a festival favorite bought by Netflix, Bombay Rose seems doomed to be buried in the streamer’s unforgiving algorithm. Don’t let this gem of an animated movie — equal parts love letter to classic Bollywood cinema and wistful melodrama — pass you by.
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