Good Movies in Spanish?

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  1. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Hi, All:

    My Spanish professor has asked us to watch a movie in Spanish. Since I don't know many movies in Spanish, I thought I'd ask here and have people recommend films they really like, which are in Spanish and generally available.

    Any suggestions? I'm thinking of Pan's Labyrinth, but I welcome other suggestions.
     
  2. Sparks

    Sparks Well-Known Member

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    Like Water For Chocolate!
     
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  3. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

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    What do you like?

    Some good ones: Amores Perros, Hable con Ella, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Belle Epoque, Que se Mueran los Feos, La Historia Oficial, La Misma Luna, Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), La Lengua de las Mariposas (sometimes called Butterfly Tongues or Butterfly), El Secreto de sus Ojos, Hijo de la Novia, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Motorcycle Diaries, Maria Full of Grace, Volver...

    I can keep going. It really depends on what you like.
     
  4. LadyNit

    LadyNit moving right along Staff Member

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    Carlos Saura's flamenco Carmen. :swoon:
     
  5. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to second a lot of Jimena's recs:

    Maria Full of Grace
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    Amores Perros
    Hable con Ella
    El Secreto de tus Ojos
    El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)
    El Orfanato
     
  6. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    I learned quite a bit of new Spanish in that one. ;) Great movie.
     
  7. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Anything by Pedro Almodovar.
     
  8. antmanb

    antmanb Well-Known Member

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    Agreed - anything by Almodovar. My favourite film of his is Todo Sobre Mi Madre.

    In the more comedy/farce style I really liked Reinas which is set around the first gay civil unions being performed in Spain.

    I'd echo Oleada's suggestion of el Orfanato but it is a horror/ghost story. If you are prone to jumping at films this one will make you jump. I may have jumped in the cinema when i watched this and kicked the chair of the person in front of me who then jumped and screamed causing more jumps :rofl:
     
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  9. Zemgirl

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    Y Tu Mama Tambien, and as others have mentioned, just about anything by Almodovar. I also like Alejandro Amenábar.

    Your professor should assign you telenovelas as viewing material - not exactly high concept stuff, but they can be an effective learning tool ;)
     
  10. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, like if you want to learn how to over-act.
     
  11. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    He specifically said "No Telenovellas". :lol:
     
  12. Zemgirl

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    I can see why, as the vocabulary can get kind of, shall we say, repetitive? :D

    You'll learn all sorts of interesting things from Y Tu Mama Tambien.
     
  13. Artemis@BC

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    I personally thought Y Tu Mama Tambien was nothing more than an adolescent boy's masturbatory fantasy and the most over-rated foreing language film I've ever seen. :slinkaway

    Ones I would add to the list, though, are Volver (completely fabulous in every way -- and speaking of Pedro Almodóvar), and Che (the 1st part only; part 2 is meh).

    Oh, just remembered another one from Chile from a couple of years ago: The Maid. It's a little weird, but in a good way.
     
  14. Mayra

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    To add a few more into the mix:

    El Crimen del Padre Amaro (LOVE Gael Garcia Bernal)
    Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas
     
  15. Jimena

    Jimena Well-Known Member

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    I hated El Crimen del Padre Amaro. The Maid is good. And Volver is fantastic.
     
  16. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    I disagree. What about the perspective of the older woman? I did think that it was centered on her.
     
  17. kwanfan1818

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    That was a terrific movie.

    Carlos Saura's "Carmen" is one of my top three all-time favorites.

    Saura's "Cría cuervos" was a remarkable movie.

    I also liked "Sin noticias de Dios" a lot. (It was released as "Don't Tempt Me" in North America.)

    From Argentina, there are "El Bonaerense" ("Crane World" in NA releases) and the 2009 Academy Award winning "El secreto de sus ojos".
     
  18. manleywoman

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    I lOVE Like Water for Chocolate. But I could never get the love for Volver. At. All.
     
  19. beepbeep

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    Elsa y Fred is a really nice movie.
     
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    Iluminados por el fuego

    It's about the war between Great Britain and Argentina over Las Malvinas from the perspective of an Argentinian veteran.
     
  21. Angela-Fan

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    I agree!
     
  22. sodapop

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    Y Tu Mama Tambien is one of my all time favorite movies. I cannot recommend it enough.
     
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  23. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    It was great IMO. I recall JK Rowling's delight when Alfonso Cuarón was selected to direct Harry Potter 3. She said that he definitely "gets" teens. Indeed, he does.

    Anyone remember Jamón, jamón with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz?
     
  24. Jimena

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    I do. I didn't like it at all. I just didn't get it.
     
  25. talldrink

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    My favorite is El Mar Adentro. "The real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die". It stars Javier Bardem and is FABULOUS!
     
  26. Tinami Amori

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