Best Movies to Watch on Globi

By Lore Apostol / December 18, 2021

Globi is a new on-demand streaming service that offers more than 500 hours of scripted movies and series from over 20 countries worldwide free of charge, bringing mostly foreign content to US audiences in an attempt to "shift viewer attention from Hollywood productions to indie and foreign creations to increase exposure to diverse cultures." You don't even need an account to watch content on Globi, and since its impressive foreign content library includes productions that participated in film festivals, some US documentaries, and some exclusive titles, it's time you check it out.

We've created a list of best movies to watch on Globi right now, but we should mention that the platform keeps adding new titles every month, so there's plenty to see. We'll focus on the movies now, but you can also check the list covering the best series to watch on Globi.

8. Polina (France, drama, 2016)

A gifted Bolshoi ballerina called Polina falls in love with a French dancer who introduces her to contemporary dance and leads her to travel the world. Recommended for fans of Black Swan and Flesh & Bone.

Based on the graphic novel Polina by Bastien Vivès, the film was screened at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

7. Ma Ma (Spain, drama, 2015)

Ma Ma is a Toronto Film Festival darling starring award-winning actress Penelope Cruz as Magda, an unemployed teacher diagnosed with breast cancer who creates a powerful connection with a man who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident.

We should mention this movie is also available on quite a few paid streaming services, so you could take advantage that it's provided gratuitously here.

6. Terribly Happy (Denmark, crime-drama, 2008)

A shy Copenhagen policeman is reassigned to a sleepy town in rural Denmark, where the only rules are those dictated and enforced by a local thug and serial wife-beater. But the policeman develops an obsession with the thug's attractive wife. Recommended for fans of House of Cards, Succession, and Argo.

Terribly Happy was first shown at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF in 2008 (Czech Republic), winning Crystal Globe (Grand Prize). It also won several Robert Awards in 2009.

5. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Finland, action-drama, 2014)

The platform proudly says, "this is why we started Globi" when it comes to this breakthrough film that they say it's long-sought-after by Hollywood for a remake. A young boy and his friend think a secret mountain drilling project near their home in northern Finland has uncovered the tomb of Santa Claus. However, they discover this monstrous, evil Santa. Recommended for fans of The Thing, Snow Piercer, and Stranger Things.

The film won numerous awards, such as the Locarno IFF's Variety Piazza Grande Award, the director and the producer received the Finnish Film State Award, a few Jussi Awards, and the Pegasus Audience Award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

4. November (Estonia, horror, 2017)

November is set in a Medieval Estonian village. A group of peasants uses magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, but a young woman tries to get a young man to love her through the same methods. Recommended for fans of The VVITCH, Coen Brothers, and The Lighthouse.

A "shocking, Avante-Garde experience rarely seen" that won Spotlight Award by the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto, Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, Best Film and Best Cinematography at Listapad, and Best Estonian Film at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

3. Reality (Italy, drama, 2014)

We get a sort of "Requiem for a Dream" type of feeling here when we see how a simple fishmonger from a small Italian village becomes obsessed with appearing on a reality TV show, paying the price of fame - skewed perceptions and paranoia. Recommended for fans of Black Mirror, House of Cards, and Billions.

The director was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for this movie, and the production got several other awards and nominations.

2. Felix and Meira (Canada, drama, 2014)

This is a love story between a man and a woman coming from different worlds - a married young woman finds freedom from the Orthodox Jewish community through a relationship with a young man mourning his father's death. This subtle, dramatic tale of acceptance and loss becomes a triumph of the human spirit. Recommended for fans of Unorthodox, Stisel, Comes the Real Thing.

Felix and Meira was the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It won two awards at the Torino Film Festival 2014 and has several other awards and nominations.

1. Lost in Paris (France, comedy, 2016)

Also known as "Paris Pieds Nus," this story is told through the French New Wave lens and presents Fiona, a Canadian librarian who flies to Paris and discovers that her 88-year-old aunt is missing. As she goes looking through the city, she meets a friendly but annoying tramp who follows her around. Recommended for fans of Midnight in Paris, Sofia Coppola.

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016, and got three nominations at the 8th Magritte Awards, and won Best Editing for Sandrine Deegan.

These are only a few of the titles cinephiles can find on this platform and enjoy for free. Thanks for visiting TechNadu, and enjoy the best movies to watch on Globi!

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