Dance/musical competition films are such a fun subgenre that I don’t watch nearly enough. I grew up with Save the Last Dance (2001) and Honey (2003), but there was a good stretch there where I didn’t watch any. Although Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) was bloody hilarious. Break, that I reviewed a few weeks ago, reignited my love of the genre, so I marathoned a couple this week: Battle (2018) and Fierce (2020).
Fierce is a Polish film that follows a young woman who gets herself involved in a singing-on-television competition in order to impress/frustrate her estranged father, who is one of the judges. The singing in this is really, really impressive. The lead actress, Katarzyna Sawczuk, competed in the Voice of Poland competition in real life, and she’s fantastic. Maciej Zakościelny, who plays her dad, is equally as talented, and I loved his guitar scenes, haha. I also really adored the mother and grandmother! Honestly, the cast overall were awesome, the songs were really catchy and I liked the ending. There is one scene in this that had me like WHOA though, and totally took me by surprise. I won’t spoil you, but it’s near the end and I was like O.o for about five minutes.
Battle is a Norwegian film that follows a dancer after her father loses all of their money and they lose their home. They move to a new place and she hides the reality of her situation from her friends and boyfriend. When she meets Mikael, a young hip-hop dancer, she ends up discovering a whole new side of her new life and of other kinds of dancing. It’s very much like Save the Last Dance and Break, and I totally recommend it! The dance numbers are worth it and the main couple are adorable. Lisa Teige and Fabian Svegaard Tapia are brilliant actors!
I’m a big fan of international television. Which is to say, I watch a lot of shows in a lot of different languages. As a teenager this meant watching videos in clips on YouTube, but with streaming being what it is, finding programmes from other countries is easier than ever. And that makes me so happy! Thank you, Netflix. King of Streaming. So, I’m randomly compiling a list for anyone looking for non-English language shows.
**This is by no means a full list, just what I’ve written up reviews for. **
- Le Bazar de la Charité  french, romance, costume drama | ★★★★★ | that romance
- Zone Blanche  french, noir, crime, fantasy | ★★★★½ | so spooky, so good
- Øyevitne  norwegian, crime, lgbt+ | ★★★★★ | couldn’t relax, couldn’t look away
- Suspicious Partner  korean, courtroom drama, romance | ★★★★½ | adorbs, fab, whoa
- When the Camellia Blooms  korean, crime, mystery, romance | ★★★★ | awww romance and aaahhhh evil villain
- Crash Landing on You  korean, drama, romance | ★★★★★ | THEIR LOVE LASTS FOREVAAAA
- Made in Heaven  hindi, drama, romance | ★★★★ | right in the feels
- The K2  korean, action, romance | ★★★★★ | I will never get over this couple. NEVER.
- Because This Is My First Life  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | d’aww, you guys
- When Heroes Fly  hebrew, spanish | thriller, action | ★★★★ | non stop action like whoa
- Kurt Seyit ve Şura  turkish, romance, costume drama | ★★★★★ | IT’S SO LUSH, EVERYTHING IS LUSH
- Élite  spanish, drama, romance | ★★★★½ | everything about this is cray
- Don’t Dare to Dream  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★★ | the storyline, the ending ♥♥
- Beautiful Gong Shim  korean, contemporary, romance | ★★★★ | I want to draw hearts around them
- Il était une seconde fois  french, science fiction, romance | ★★★★ | confusing in a great way
Writing up this post has also made me realise how many other shows I should write up reviews for! Seriously, there are so many amazing shows out there and I have so many in my queue, but alas, time.