I just realized something. I think I bought my first-ever non-English DVD today.
I know, I know, it’s awful that a cinephile like me should have gone without any foreign-language films for so long. But I have always tended to shy away from bare-bones DVDs of any language, just in case the films are re-issued some day with all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect; and the handful of foreign-language special-edition DVDs that I have been interested in have tended to be pricey Criterion sets and the like. So, as much as I love films like Ikiru — and I do! — I have been avoiding shelling out the big bucks for them.
Anyway, today I happened to be rummaging through the discounted DVDs at a local video store, and I noticed that they had the two-disc edition of Denys Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions, and at a very reasonable price — and considering how high my late fees went the last time I rented it, I probably could have saved myself a lot of bother if I had just bought the film at this price back then! Besides, I’ve always wanted to check out the shorter version of this film. So, I snapped it up.
Technically, I suppose this is not a “foreign” film, per se, since it is Canadian. Then again, I live in “British” Columbia, and you are much more likely to hear Cantonese or Punjabi or any of a number of other languages here before you hear any French!