Happy New Year 2023. Another year becomes something of the past. However, not everything goes into oblivion. Good movies for instance stay right there to watch and watch again. The year 2022 did give us quite a few top international movies from across the world. Covid regulations did hamper the free movement on and off in many countries. Despite that film industry did well to rise above the restrictions and produced a lot of top international movies in 2022.
I have been watching numerous international movies just so that a list of top international movies 2022 could be prepared. When looking for the best movies cinephiles never limit their search to a particular language or movie industry alone. Even this list of top international movies 2022 comprises movies from different languages and genres. Presumably, at least a couple of your fav flicks are found in the list.
Movie: Top Gun: Maverick
Duration: 2h 8m
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller
IMDb rating: 8.4
Pete is a distinguished compact pilot with thirty-plus years of service and citations of achievements to decorate it. Yet, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is still a captain, not even an admiral. Maverick knows he is where he belongs albeit with other plans of rear admiral. However, a call of duty right in time sees him escorted to North Island where he is to train TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a special mission. What follows is grueling training sessions before the ultimate fatal mission. Besides the challenges, he must reconcile with his past. And also confront the son of his deceased best friend, lieutenant Nick among the trainees.
Movie: Christmas Carol
Duration: 2h 9m
Director: Seong-soo Kim
Cast: Heo Dong-won, Park Jin-young, Dong-hwi Kim
IMDb rating: 8.2
The story is adapted from a book by Joo Wonkyu. Contrary to what the title might imply, the story is about Joo Ilwoo who is desperate to avenge his twin brother’s death. Wolwoo is found dead in a water tank on Christmas eve. Although the authorities stamp it as an accident, Joo Ilwoo has reasons to believe otherwise. Upon realizing the culprits could be in a juvenile detention center, he finds his way in there. Now there is no turning back until justice is served.
Movie: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Languages: English and Mandarin
Duration: 2h 15m
Directors: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis
IMDb rating: 8.1
Evelyn does her best to make her family’s life easy and simple. But her family is a battlefield. Everything at her place is messed up – Her laundromat, husband, daughter, father… And then the nagging auditor does her bit to complicate her life further. But all at once, her ‘husband’ Waymond Wang reveals his alternative identity and so does Evelyn’s. She is omniversal, with unimaginable power. Gradually she has to accept her identity and blend in keeping aside all that could have been.
Movie: The Beasts
Languages: French, Galician, and Spanish
Duration: 2h 15m
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Cast: Marina Foïs, Denis Ménochet, Luis Zahera
IMDb rating: 7.6
The odd conversation and rustic Galatian countryside at the outset hardly arouse any curiosity. The life of a middle-aged French couple at the spot is never extraordinary and is not accepted by the locals. Antoine and Olga make their living by cultivating eco-friendly veggies and find joy in simple living. In the local community, however, they are the odd ones out. Their neighbors, Xan and Loren who are brothers spare no opportunity to harass them. Even the local police barely support them. The beastly characters of the two brothers worsen surmising an unpleasant chain of events.
Movie: Avatar: The Way of Water
Duration: 3h 10m
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang
IMDb rating: 7.9
The title calls for no outline and it is no wonder the movie finds itself in the list of top international movies 2022. A befitting sequel to the first part of Avatar. Jake is the new leader of the Omaticaya clan. He and Neytiri have three children. Harmony is short-lived as RDA returns to Pandora once again with a more sophisticated army than the last time. Jake and Neytiri lead the defensive counterattack but they are forced to seek asylum with the reef people clan. Despite the cold treatment, a new bond is formed between the two clans. And a new home as well at the sea.
Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front
Languages: German and French
Duration: 2h 25m
Director: Edward Berger
Stars: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Moritz Klaus
IMDb rating: 7.8
A war movie that tops the list of international movies 2022. Set in WW I, the movie begins with a grim scene that portrays how a ‘new set’ of uniforms is made ready for the newcomers. Young Paul Bäumer along with his friends enlists to join the German Army. They are greatly impressed and motivated by a speech at their school. Off they go to the camps with high spirits and enthusiasm and thoughts of glorious wars. They soon realize warfront reality isn’t as they had imagined it! Welcome to the 78th Reserve Infantry Regiment, West Front.
Duration: 1h 45m
Languages: French and Dutch
Director: Lukas Dhont
Cast: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne
IMDb rating: 8.0
It is the story of friendship between two thirteen-year-old boys Léo and Remi. For Remi who has no siblings, Léo is his closest friend. For either of them, their bond is profound and precious, and they pretty much do everything together. However, once they are back to school after the summer break, they began to hear awkward remarks from their classmates. Offended by the turn of events Léo distances himself from Remi. Remi on the other hand succumbs to an emotional breakdown and something worse happens.
The list of international movies 2022 could be lengthened with titles like Mencuri Raden Saleh, The girl from Dak Lak, Holy Spider, The Whale, The Banshees of Inisherin, Aftersun, Girl Picture, and a few others. Any more suggestions?
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