Critics' Picks: The 10 Best Foreign-Language Films of 2016

Silviu Ghetie/ Big World Productions

A harsh history lesson leavened by bawdy humor and classic western elements, this film dramatizes the formerly taboo subject of gypsy slavery that flourished in Romania for centuries, and was only finally abolished in 1856. Handsomely shot in luminous monochrome on 35mm film, director Radu Jude’s third feature boasts a striking look, a surprisingly funny script and timely observations about the lingering scars of slavery, feudalism, misogyny and racism. — Stephen Dalton

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