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Dark and dramatic: The 2018 Oscar nominations for best foreign film explore death, tragedy and human folly




A scene from THE SQUARE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
A scene from THE SQUARE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

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The foreign films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards come from a range of different countries, yet all of their themes seem to straddle a thin, dark line.

Death, divorce, violence, slaughterhouses – the tones are harsh (to say the least). But is there a light at the end of these cinematic tunnels? Which of these films impresses the most? Our film critics discuss.

Best Foreign Language Film Nominations:

Guests:

Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, RogerEbert.com and co-host of YouTube’s “What the Flick?”; she tweets @christylemire

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind