Multilingual Movies – Part 2

“Plurality of languages: […] It is crucial 1. that there are many languages and that they differ not only in vocabulary, but also in grammar, and so in mode of thought and 2. that all languages are learnable.”

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Languages: English, German, Hebrew, French and Latin

The film tells a part of the biography of the famous Jewish philosopher of German origin Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa). Established in the United States, she is already a respected intellectual when she offers to the New Yorker magazine to cover the trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. She follows the trial in Israel and then publish five articles in the New Yorker. However, by putting the articles that there was collaboration of Jews in Nazi logistics, Arendt is heavily criticized, especially by the Jewish community.


Languages: English, German, Italian and French

The film, based on true events, is about the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers: Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). The Austrian Lauda is an intelligent and methodical pilot, concerned with all aspects of the track and the car; on the contrary, the Englishman James Hunt is a talented driver, a typical playboy who runs without measuring consequences.

Inglourious Basterds

Languages: English, German, Italian and French

The Quentin Tarantino’s film is set during World War II. France is already occupied by the Nazis, and the Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is tasked to organize a special squad with Jewish soldiers whose mission is to kill Nazis. At the same time, in France Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family by the hands of cruel German Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz).

Two Lives – Zwei Leben

Languages: Norwegian, German, English and Danish

During the Second World War when Nazi Germany occupied Norway, Norwegian women had children with German soldiers. These women were placed in concentration camps and the children were put in orphanages. The film is set during the period when the Berlin Wall fall, Katrine (Juliane Köhler) grew up in one of these orphanages, but found his mother. The lawyer Sven Solbach (Ken Duken) asks her to witness in a lawsuit, but she refuses. From there, Katrine secrets of the past begin to be revealed.

Ilo Ilo

Languages: Mandarin, Tagalog, English, Hoikken

The Lim family hires a Filipina maid, Terry (Angeli Bayani), who takes cares of the house and Jiale (Read Koh Jia), the troubled son of the couple. In addition to problems with the child, the couple will have to face the problems caused by the Asian crisis in 1997.

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Polyglot Nerd creator, love foreign cultures and learning languages. Speak: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Learning: French
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  1. Thank you for these suggestions! Helped me a lot, as I’m looking for ideas of what to watch for my MA thesis on translation of multilingual films. – Dominika

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