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The Five Best Foreign Christmas Films

Christmas is a shared experience around many parts of the world. There are different traditions and celebrations, but whether it's Joyeux Noël or Meri Kurisumasu, Christmas has central themes that we can relate to wherever we are. This year, put away the tired classics and opt for something with a different flavor. Here are our five best foreign Christmas movies.

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5. Fanny and Alexander (Sweden, 1982) Critically acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman uses Fanny and Alexander to capture Christmas through a child's eyes. But it's not all fun and games; there's an eeriness lurking in the background. The mixture of innocence and darkness is what makes the movie good and really reflects the confusion of childhood. Set in the 1900s, Fanny and Alexander is a tale of truly epic proportions of a family through the ages. It's great for those looking to escape into a rich world of extravagance and family dynamics.

4. A Christmas Tale (France, 2008) Family drama is universal, especially during the holidays. A Christmas Tale tells the story of a quirky family wracked with past family grievances which no one has quite moved on from. After the mother is diagnosed with leukemia, the family reluctantly welcomes back the black sheep brother and more drama ensues. The film features drinking problems, mental illness, power struggles, guilt, and extra-marital relations -- just the usual dirty laundry that gets aired around the holidays. While it can be devastatingly tragic at times, it's filled with some chuckles that will keep you in the Christmas spirit.

Keep reading for three more foreign Christmas movies.

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