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The Best Foreign Language Feature Films of 2013, According to Members of the Criticwire Network: 'No,' 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' And More

Indiewire By Steve Greene and Eric Kohn | Indiewire November 7, 2013 at 10:08AM

These are the films that prove that English isn't necessarily the warmest language.
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Throughout the year, Indiewire updates a master list of the highest-rated indie films released in 2013 according to members of our Criticwire Network. The following supplementary list singles out the top-rated foreign language that have an average of B+ or higher. In order to be eligible for this list, a film must have received grades from at least 15 critics in the network. Head to a film page to browse reviews and other information pertaining to each film. Because the top-rated documentaries have been tallied on a separate list, foreign language documentaries are not included here.

1. No (Film Page), directed by Pablo Larraín (2012 Cannes Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (59 grades)

2. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Film Page), directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (2013 Cannes Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (53 grades)

3. A Touch of Sin (Film Page), directed by Jia Zhang-ke (2013 Cannes Film Festival; October 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (33 grades)

4. Bastards (Film Page), directed by Claire Denis (2013 Cannes Film Festival, October 2013 theatrical/VOD release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (24 grades)

5. Wadjda (Film Page), directed by Haifaa al-Mansour (2012 Venice Film Festival; September 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (20 grades)

6. Drug War (Film Page), directed by Johnnie To (2012 Rome Film Festival, July 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (18 grades)

7. The Attack (Film Page), directed by Ziad Douieri (2012 Telluride Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: A- (15 grades)

8. Like Someone in Love (Film Page), directed by Abbas Kiarostami (2012 Cannes Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (72 grades)

9. Beyond the Hills (Film Page), directed by Cristian Mungiu (2012 Cannes Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (69 grades)

10. Something in the Air (Film Page), directed by Olivier Assayas (2012 Venice Film Festival, May 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (61 grades)

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11. The Hunt (Film Page), directed by Thomas Vinterberg (2012 Cannes Film Festival; July 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (59 grades)

12. Blancanieves (Film Page), directed by Pablo Berger (2012 Toronto International Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (39 grades)

12. Fill the Void (Film Page), directed by Rama Burshtein (2012 Venice Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (39 grades)

13. A Hijacking (Film Page), directed by Tobias Lindholm (2012 Venice Film Festival; June 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (38 grades)

14. Lore (Film Page), directed by Cate Shortland (2012 Sydney Film Festival; February 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (37 grades)

15. In the House (Film Page), directed by Francois Ozon (2012 Toronto International Film Festival; April 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (36 grades)

15. War Witch (Film Page), directed by Kim Nguyen (2012 Berlinale; March 2013 VOD/theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (36 grades) 

16. Our Children (Film Page), directed by Joachim Lafosse (2012 Cannes Film Festival; August 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (28 grades)

17. I Killed My Mother (Film Page), directed by Xavier Dolan (2009 Cannes Film Festival; March 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (25 grades)

18. Augustine (Film Page), directed by Alice Winocour (2012 Cannes Film Festival; May 2013 release date)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (19 grades)

18. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Film Page), directed by Felix Van Groeningen (2013 Berlinale; November 2013 release date)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (19 grades)

18. Hannah Arendt (Film Page), directed by Margarethe Von Trotta (2012 Toronto International Film Festival; May 2013 theatrical release)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (19 grades)

19. From Up On Poppy Hill (Film Page), directed by Gorō Miyazaki (2011 release (Japan); March 2013 release date (English-language version))

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (18 grades)

20. In the Fog (Film Page), directed by Sergei Loznitsa (2012 Cannes Film Festival; July 2013 release date)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (16 grades)

21. Graceland (Film Page), directed by Ron Morales (2012 Tribeca Film Festival; April 2013 release date)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (15 grades)

21. Night Across the Street (Film Page), directed by Raúl Ruiz (2012 Cannes Film Festival; July 2013 DVD release date)

Average Criticwire Rating: B+ (15 grades)

This article is related to: Criticwire, Criticwire Network, Foreign, Foreign Films, Foreign Directors, No, Blue is the Warmest Color, A Touch of Sin, Bastards, Wadjda, Drug War, The Attack , Like Someone In Love, Beyond The Hills, Something In the Air, The Hunt, Blancanieves, Fill the Void, A Hijacking, Lore, In the House , War Witch (Rebelle), Our Children, J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), Augustine, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Hannah Arendt, From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokurikozaka kara), In the Fog, Graceland, Night Across the Street