Bored of the same old Christmas movies that we watch year after year while stuffing our faces to excess? We hear you and are here for you! Budge up on the couch and pass us some chocolate; here are some of the best Christmas movies from around the world.
Noches de Reyes
Noches de Reyes is a movie set in Spain that follows the lives of the Cuspineda family. There are misunderstandings, poor business decisions, interesting interpretations of nativity scenes, and even unexpected nudity at times. Expect to be laughing, mortified, and cringing with second-hand embarrassment as the family experience a night from hell. Noches de Reyes is an easy watch, perfect for Spanish learners. Pop the subtitles on, familiarise yourself with the characters, and above all else, enjoy! Here is the trailer so you can see if this is a watch for you.
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Un Conte de Noël
Un Conte de Noël is an atypical French Christmas movie that is a must-watch. Approaching Christmas, the Vuillard family are reunited after a long-estrangement, brought together by the family’s matriarch having a bone transplant. You’ll get to see a family awkward with one another for their differences, yet brought together for their similarities. Un Conte de Noël deservedly won many awards in France and garnered some attention overseas with its nomination for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. You can watch the trailer for the movie here.
Alles ist Liebe
For those learning German, Alles ist Liebe is a great movie to watch this Christmas. This movie has a kind of Love Actually feel about it, following the relationship woes of ten men and women living in Hamburg during the Christmas season. It’s both heartwarming and might make you shed a tear in solidarity when you inevitably fall in love with some of these characters in this beautiful Christmas comedy. Want to see if Alles ist Liebe is for you? The trailer is here!
Botte di Natale
Is Christmas not Christmas without a good spaghetti western on TV? Well, then this Italian film is one for you! Botte di Natale — known in English as Troublemakers — is one in a series of films starring favorites Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. They play estranged brothers Travis and Moses, who are brought together by their mother in the hope of having a family Christmas. Chaos naturally ensues and is hilarious to watch. You can watch the trailer for Botte di Natale here!
Listy do M.
Are you tackling the tongue twister than can be Polish? Yes, we even have a Christmas movie for you! Listy do M. is a romantic Christmas comedy set in Warsaw, and yes, you’ve guessed it, is often touted as Poland’s answer to Love Actually. The film was so popular in Poland that it had two follow ups, so if you enjoy Listy do M. then you have plenty more to watch! You can watch the trailer for Listy do M here, part two here, and part three, here.
Considering it’s Christmas, it would be rude not to look for films about where Santa lives. Set in Lapland, Joulutarina tells the story of how Santa came to be Santa, from his humble beginnings as an orphan to the most loved character around the world. If you want heartwarming and touching and loving all rolled into one, Joulutarina is a beautiful watch that will have you hugging yourself with happiness after watching — and probably tempted to learn Finnish! The trailer for Joulutarina is here!
Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton
Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton is an animated Swedish Christmas classic that will worm its way into your heart. Adapted from a book of the same name, this movie tells the story of Christopher, who steals Christmas gifts from rich people to give to poor people while working in the Post Office on Christmas Eve. And for those who love Bernard Cribbins, a.k.a. The loveable Wilfred Mott from Doctor Who, there is an English dubbed version with Cribbins doing the voiceover. You can see the trailer for the film here!
We hope these films have inspired you to at least keep a little language learning going over the Christmas period! And if you want to get back into language learning after the holidays we are here to help. Drop us a quick inquiry to see how our tailormade courses will work for you.