This is the last of a four-part series on some of the best foreign-language films—at least according to two of our critics, foreign-film buffs Agnieszka Tennant and Stefan Ulstein. This installment examines the best films from the rest of the world. Part 1 looked at the best European films, part 2 examined the best Asian film, and part 3 the best films from the Middle East.

Having given Europe, Asia and the Middle East our best shot, we now present the Best of the Rest. It is an eclectic mix, but we hope readers will find a few titles that will not only entertain, but spark great discussions.

Our list below draws heavily from Brazil because of its many fine films—and because it is a robust nation with a distinctive, unique culture. Argentina and Mexico, also represented below, are populous countries with distinct histories and identities. India, with one sixth of the world's population, makes more movies per year than any other nation—but most never make it to North America. Still, we included one Indian film below. Sub-Saharan Africa also produces some interesting films, but again, few are distributed here.

And so, we now offer you our Best of the Rest.

Amorres Perros

(Mexico, 2000)


Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's directorial debut isn't easy on the eyes or ears, but—eventually—it's good for the heart. Its characters go through hell, one so repellent that, in the end, it leaves them drawn toward the good things that can only come from God: truth and affection.

Often compared to Pulp Fiction, the movie tells stories of three people whose lives are changed by a car wreck. The first story is about Octavio, who has a crush on his brother's abused wife and will do ...

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