We've crossed the half way point of 2017 and the summer movie season is well underway with Wonder Woman and soon to be Spider-Man: Homecoming dominating the attention and dollars of cinemagoers.
If superhero movies, reboots of reboots of comic book movies and the 849th edition of the Transformers franchise aren't for you, then here are some European movies from 2017 so far that will provoke, excite and go well with a fine wine.
Justine a young vetinary school student undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school and soon develops a taste for meat and flesh.
A great French-Belgium production that uses body horror and provocative ideas to tell the story of fitting in, sexual awakening and family problems. Raw contains some of the most memorable scenes you'll find in a movie this year and Garance Marillier delivers an unforgettable debut.
Isabelle Huppert shines in this Oscar Nominated role as Michele, a successful businesswoman who gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who sexually assaulted her.
Easily my favourite movie of the year so far, Paul Verrhoeven blends drama, family comedy, romance and thriller with ease in a way that only the French can. Huppert was robbed of an Oscar for this powerhouse of a performance where she and the story grip you for the entire run time. Originally going to be a Hollywood production but when every famous actress turned this role down, it rightly found it's home in Europe and again showing Hollywood as playing it safe.
A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego called Toni Erdmann and posing as her CEO's life coach.
One of the funniest and most lengthy comedies of the year is this German movie based in Bucharest, a family drama that is filled with so many great comedy moments, larger than life characters, a critique of sexism and modern business culture. Unsurprisingly Hollywood are making an English language remake with Jack Nicholson, it's got big boots to fill.
Lee Hutchison - @lee_nostromo