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The Best Foreign Christmas Movies

We already know how the McCallisters, the Griswolds, the Browns and Van Pelts are spending their holidays. But how has Christmas been celebrated abroad? We present this list of Fresh international movies – with at least 10 reviews each – all featuring Christmas themes, with offerings from France (Joyeux Noel), Romania (Tuesday, After Christmas), Sweden (Fanny & Alexander), Japan (Tokyo Godfathers), Finland (Rare Exports), and Hong Kong (2046). Read on to see the best international Christmas movies from around the world, all ranked by Tomatometer!

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Adjusted Score: 60.962%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Romanian New Wave of the past decade has yielded such internationally acclaimed gems as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and... [More]
Directed By: Radu Muntean

Adjusted Score: 77.377%
Critics Consensus: The poignant humanity on display in Joyeux Noel makes its sentimentality forgivable.
Synopsis: Scottish, French and German troops declare a spontaneous Christmas Eve truce in the trenches of World War I in this... [More]
Directed By: Christian Carion

Adjusted Score: 82.175%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some of the best French actresses working today, 8 Women is frothy, delirious, over-the-top fun.
Synopsis: At an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season... But... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

Adjusted Score: 42.312%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A pregnant widow awaiting her ride to the hospital must fight for her life against a mysterious woman who comes... [More]


2046 (2005)

Adjusted Score: 89.588%
Critics Consensus: Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.
Synopsis: He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future, but it really was the past. In his novel,... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

Adjusted Score: 90.631%
Critics Consensus: A sharp black comedy about a chaotic family holiday gathering, A Christmas Tale is always involving, thanks to an impressive ensemble cast.
Synopsis: The devastating reverberations of a profound tragedy echo through generations of a long-suffering French family in this emotional family drama... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin


Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Adjusted Score: 92.488%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon.
Synopsis: Tokyo Godfathers, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new... [More]
Directed By: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya

Adjusted Score: 92.63%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

Adjusted Score: 87.736%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this domestic drama, filmmaker André Téchiné offers a vivid, detailed look at the relationships between middle-aged siblings in a... [More]
Directed By: André Téchiné

Adjusted Score: 97.116%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The "my" in My Night At Maud's belongs to the protagonist played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, a Catholic engineer whose struggle... [More]
Directed By: Eric Rohmer


Fanny & Alexander (1982)

Adjusted Score: 102.998%
Critics Consensus: Ingmar Bergman conveys the sweep of childhood with a fastidious attention to detail and sumptuous insight into human frailty in Fanny & Alexander, a masterwork that crystalizes many of the directors' preoccupations into a familial epic.
Synopsis: In 1982, Ingmar Bergman emerged with one of his most singularly acclaimed films - a work that dramatically broke away... [More]
Directed By: Ingmar Bergman

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