By Melissa Gonzalez, blogger and content creator
We all have those movies that get us in the holiday spirit, but although I sure love me some Elf and Miracle on 34th street, if you start super early on the season, you can easily ran out of movies to watch. In a attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I thought it would be awesome to see how other cultures celebrate Christmas through film. So here is my list for the best Christmas foreign films that will get you thinking while keeping the spirit of the season alive.
"As French, Scottish and German soldiers prepare to open their presents on Christmas Eve 1914, a momentous event occurs that changes the destinies of four people: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, a world-class tenor and his soprano lover."
Based on true events, amid one the bloodiest wars ever (WWI) several front line soldiers call a truce to celebrate Christmas in a "no man's land" kinda place, well aware that this will never please their superiors. A moving film, shows the incredible humanity of the soldier trying to regain their sanity in such a gruesome time. It will make you both laugh and cry, this French film is not your usual holiday movie, but will definitely make it back into the seasonal rotation.
"Hilarity ensues when tenants of a residential building in Mexico City discover gold in their midst in the form of religious statues dating back to the Emiliano Zapata years. But the statues fail to inspire godliness; instead, greed threatens to overcome everyone as they scramble to lay claim to the find. What unfolds is an unflinching and comedic look at a pilgrimage fueled not by piety but by cold, hard cash. Is redemption out of the question?"
This Mexican film is a comedy where you see the struggles of a group of people who are driven by money and greed as opposed to the true mean of the season. It's silly and there's quite a few very well known Mexican actors. It will make you laugh for a bit and maybe even get you to reevaluate the true meaning of Christmas.
"In the frozen beauty of Finland, local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. A single dad and his son are caught up in the chaos as scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village."
A little dark, but not scary enough for the Horror Christmas Movies list. This Finnish film is for those of us with a bit of a dark humor. With beautiful locations and amazing music, this one is my favorite from this list. Brace yourself for quite a bit of male nudity, which is not common in American films. Most certainly not your usual Christmas movie!
"When the new pastor shakes up the casting in the town nativity play, Agent Jesus Juarez -- a man who's long played the devil -- gets sucked into an epic battle of good vs. evil. Now the bullets are flying as Juarez tries to reclaim his favored role."
This Mexican comedy won several awards in Mexico. It's a comedic take on the traditional celebrations around the Christmas season. With religious references and crude humor, this film will make you laugh and keep you at the edge of your seat.
"Arnaud Desplechin directs this artfully unconventional tale (which received a nod for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award) about members of a dysfunctional family who come together for a strained and animosity-filled Christmas reunion."
This one is definitely not your usual Christmas movie. If you're ready for a roller coaster of emotions, then this one is for you!
"A luxury high-rise building in Seoul is hosting a fabulous Christmas party for its wealthy tenants and guests. But the soirée turns into a nightmare when two helicopters collide over the tower, starting a deadly fire."
An action-packed, high budget disaster film that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Bring on the Christmas thrills.
Melissa Gonzalez is a mother of three crazy little monsters and the blogger/content creator behind CreativeMeli.com. Originally from Costa Rica, she now calls Austin, TX her home. When she is not crafting or cooking she loves to travel and discover new places with her family. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/austincreativemeli), Twitter (@creative_meli), or Instagram (@creativemeli) for crafts, DIY, giveaways, and much more!