I got 2 Swedish and 2 French ones I really enjoyed
this last year, I'll include a pic from each film.
Flickorna (The Girls) directed by Mai Zetterling (1968)
A very interesting movie that walks seamlessly between reality and dreams while addressing themes of Marriage, Feminism and Men/Women. When 3 theatre actresses are touring the country performing the ancient greek play "Lysistrate" they find themselves more and more absorbed by the motivations of the characters they portray.
Tystnaden (The Silence) directed by Ingmar Bergman (1963)
A mother, her sister and son find themselves travelling through a war-torn country when they are forced to stop as one of them falls ill, we then get to witness how these 3 characters deal with the environment they find themselves in. A beautiful movie (mainly thanks to one of the greatest cinematographers in history: Sven Nykvist) that touches on subjects such as Family, Isolation and Faith.
Une Femme est Une Femme (A Woman is a Woman) directed by Jean-Luc Godard (1961)
A woman wants a baby. Her husband wants one later. If you haven't watched any Godard yet, this and the other film below are great starters. Godard's movies are very different. You might fall in love with them or you might turn them off 10 minutes in. Using his "muse" Anna Karina (with great help from Jean-Claude Brialy and Jean-Paul Belmondo) Godard seeks to dissect and criticize the medium that is film. This movie is funny, pretty and a great intro to the French New Wave along with Pierrot Le Fou.
Pierrot Le Fou directed by Jean-Luc Godard (1965)
A man is tired of his boring, contemporary lifestyle and opts to run away with a young woman. Another film starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo with vibrant colors, breathtaking shots and clever dialogue. Like in most of his movies, Godard is trying to visually deliver to the audience, his critique of cinema while also side-tracking into themes of War, Aristocracy and Love. This is probably my favorite Godard movie that I've seen so far.
This is my letterboxd but it has nothing to see rn: https://letterboxd.com/klass/