The Best International Films
Andrew Parker - November 28, 2022

It Couldn't Be Done

By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it;" But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

Watching movies has been a focal part of how we entertain ourselves since the dawn of television and cinema. The content of these movies varies, naturally, with some pandering to an audience that is enthralled by action and some attracting a more philosophically oriented audience. While content differs, what often remains the same is the fact that these movies are Hollywood productions. In fact, most movies that make big waves are of American origin. However, this is not to say that international films (outside America) are not as good or do not receive critical acclaim on a global level. This could not be further away from the truth, and this is precisely what this article shall assert.

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Irani filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry, starring Homayoun Ershadi, came out a bit over two decades ago and took the industry by surprise by winning the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Ershadi plays a middle-aged man who drives around in search of someone willing to bury him after he commits suicide, which is hard in an Islamic state. While possessing a simple, linear plot, the movie speaks volumes about social interactions and the nature of life and religion. It showed, on a global stage no less, that Irani narratives can be as stimulating as more commonplace American ones.

In a similar fashion, the South Korean neo-noir action film Oldboy was lauded at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and secured the Grand Prix prize. While on the surface it is a typical revenge film, much like the first John Wick film, it diverges a bit in how expertly the darkness of the human soul is laid bare. The action presents philosophical undertones in a subtle manner which is both unsettling and entrancing. Perhaps it is for this very reason that acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino has praised this film on many public platforms!