best foreign movies and tv streaming

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

As we head into May, we should try to resist the calls of the warm weather and stay safe inside. And what better way to distract yourself from the cheery birds signaling the start of spring than with some international movies? And we’ve got the full spectrum in this week’s Pop Culture Imports: from the hotly debated awards favorite Slumdog Millionaire, to sweeping Brazilian melodrama Invisible Life, to the crime drama that beat out Portrait of a Lady on Fire for the French pick for the international Oscar, Les Misérables.

Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

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Invisible Life Review

There came a point early on in Karim Aïnouz’s drama of separated sisters, Invisible Life, where I wondered if the way he depicted a scene veered a little too sharply into the melodramatic and borderline hysterical. Then I remembered how the poster billed the film: a tropical melodrama. Once I reset my bearings a bit, I found the narrative quite engrossing and the story rather moving.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go hunting, wonder if Richard Gere really is God, mellow out with Joe Pera, celebrate sketch comedy, and attempt to reunite with our long lost sibling.

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