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Describe a foreign film you liked

IELTS Cue Card Question 98 With Model Answer:

Describe a foreign film you liked.

You should say:
  • what film it was
  • when you watched it
  • what it was about
And explain how far you liked this film.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Beauty and the Beast is a French Feature film that I have recently enjoyed. This is my first attempt to watch a French movie and I really have enjoyed the movie.

The film is basically a Franco-German production and belongs to the fantasy genre, but the romantic aspects of the movie have touched me deeply. In French, the movie is termed as La Belle et la BĂȘte. The movie is made on the plot of a traditional fairy tale and famous German and French artists have been cast in the movie. After its release in 2014, the film has gained many positive criticisms and also been screened at Berlin International Film Festival. Due to the attractive plot and performance of the artists, the movie has achieved huge commercial success as well and been nominated for several award nominations too.

To be frank, I did not have any intentions to watch movies of made in languages other than German (my native language) but with the inspiration of my mum and dad, I have started watching the movies of different languages. In the last week of October, it was my 18th birthday and my parents brought several foreign language film DVDs for me to watch when I could manage time. Actually, it was an inspiration from them to make the watch movies of different language and get the tastes. Both of my parents like to watch movies and they prefer English more than the other language and also have brought some DVDs for me too. I have watched the La Belle et la BĂȘte on the very day when they gave me the DVDs.

The movie was based on the traditional fairytale of a beautiful girl who saves the life of a beast by loving it and consequently that transforms into a prince. The prince was cursed as he killed the daughter of the forest god with a golden arrow who could have transformed into human shapes if she needed. But as she was in the shape of a deer, the prince mistakenly kills her. The forest god transformed him into a beast saying that the curse will be broken if someone loves him. The little daughter of a merchant gets into a trap with the beast to save her father. Each of the time she refused the approach from the beast to love him. Finally, when she comes to know that the beast is a prince and has been cursed, she falls in love with the beast and consequently, the beast transforms into a prince.

Though I had troubles to realise the French, I enjoyed the movie and the performances of the movie. The casts have acted perfectly and they were devoted to their respective characters. The urge to save the life of a father by his daughter is truly adorable while the love for the beast seems inappropriate to me. It may sound weird but the girl, Belle did not fall in love when the prince was a beast rather she loved him when she came to know about the reality of the beast. I think such emotions should not be considered as love at all because the other party loves when he/ she possess the chances to have their benefits. The last scene shows that they live happily; I think this is not a love in a true sense.



Sample Answer 2:
Watching film is the best way for me to relax. But I am not confined to some typical types of films alone. In fact, I try to watch almost all types of film and prefer the foreign films most. They help me to increase knowledge about the foreign language. Recently I have watched a foreign film named Ip Man. The language is Cantonese. Thank you for your question. Here is the brief description of the movie.

Basically, Ip Man is a biographical movie. The film has been made with the life of Ip Man, martial art trainer and also the teacher of Bruce Lee, a famous martial artist and actor. Ip Man used to teach Wing Chun, a special type of martial art and tried to spread his way of the fight among the people. The film shows various events of his life – how he survived, how he fought with the enemies and more other issues.

Usually, I watch movies on the weekends. I am unable to arrange the time for movie watching in the working days. I am a manager of a state-run life insurance corporation here in Jamaica. So, I need to remain busy round the week. Besides, I also have to maintain my family and kids. They also want to spare time for me. After managing everything, it becomes difficult for me to sort out times for myself. So, in the evening of the weekend, I do not prefer to be disturbed and enjoy movies. In fact, this is movie time for me. Sometimes, my wife accompanies me as well. But she prefers the comedy movies only and so, it becomes a bit troublesome to comply with her. When the tastes are different or there are irritations, someone cannot enjoy the movie. Therefore, I try to enjoy foreign language films alone. I start watching the movies around 4.00 pm and it continues until the end of the film. Sometimes, I try to watch several films together too if I have plenty of times. 

The movie plot of the movie Ip Man was about the life of IP Man, a Chinese martial artist. He was the grandmaster of a special type of martial art. The film was based on the life of the grandmaster and how he passed a certain age in a city during a war. The film was directed by Wilson Yip. Donnie Yen, a famous Hong Kong based artist played the role of Ip Man in the movie. But the making of the movie was not so easy. It was made in 2008 while the preparatory activities for the movie began from 1998. The project was abandoned as the studio proposed to produce the film closed down for some uncertain reasons. The film is set on the backdrop of the 1930s. It was the time of spreading martial art across the country and a good number of martial art schools emerged and compete for each other to show their perfectness. But Ip Man was not professional and had a good relation with everyone. But gradually his reputation as a grandmaster soared. By the time he lost his wealth and home for Japanese occupation. And finally had to battle with A Japanese General. He defeats the general but got shot. Later, he opened his own Wing Chun school.

I liked the film much. To be honest, it was one of the best films I had ever seen. But there were some troubles regarding the understanding of the movie. When I watch foreign language movie, I do not take help from subtitles. Hence, it caused some issues to get into the film for its language. In fact, I did not have any familiarity with the Cantonese language. But finally, I was able to comprehend the plot and got amused with the events. Therefore, I liked the film very much.


If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe a foreign film you liked." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:

  • Describe your favourite film/ movie.
  • Describe a movie that you watched recently.
  • Describe a movie which you want to watch again.
  • Talk about a movie you really liked.
  • Describe a foreign movie you would recommend to others.
  • Describe a film or movie that had a strong impression on you.
  • Describe a film you want to watch with your family members.
  • Talk about a movie you watched in a cinema hall.

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