Searching for sci-fi/fantasy like ‘Aquaman’ outside Hollywood leads us to… ‘Enthiran’?

Posted on December 13, 2018

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The upcoming release of Aquaman made me wonder if there’s another country that makes this kind of movie. Of course, it’s not difficult to find sci-fi films – in the broadest sense – in foreign languages. We have the surreal sci-fi of The City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro; 1995; French). We have the thriller sci-fi of The Incident (Isaac Ezban; 2014; Spanish). We have the noir sci-fi of Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard; 1965; French). We have the horror sci-fi (based on a story by Nikolai Gogol) of Forbidden Empire (Oleg Stepchenko; 2014; Russian).

We have anime sci-fi films like Akira (1988) or Ghost in the Shell (1995), which look nothing like Hollywood – they are most definitely “foreign” films, both in terms of language (Japanese) and in the sense of having a unique aesthetic, a signature look-and-feel. Andrei Tarkovsky’s somnambulistic sci-fi films (in the dreamy sense of the term, though some may also resort to the “putting you to sleep” sense of the term) like Solaris (1971) and Stalker (1979) are also one-of-a-kind. You could argue that the 2002 remake of Solaris, directed by Steven Soderbergh, was meditatively paced, too, but it fleshed out the lovers (one dead, one alive) to make us root for them, Hollywood-style. Owen Gleiberman smirked in Entertainment Weekly: “Soderbergh has come up with a plodding and far less psychologically arresting version of Ghost.”

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