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    Good Movies in Spanish?

    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.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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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.

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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
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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    I learned quite a bit of new Spanish in that one. Great movie.
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    Anything by Pedro Almodovar.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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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

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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    Your professor should assign you telenovelas as viewing material - not exactly high concept stuff, but they can be an effective learning tool
    Yeah, like if you want to learn how to over-act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    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
    He specifically said "No Telenovellas".
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    He specifically said "No Telenovellas".
    I can see why, as the vocabulary can get kind of, shall we say, repetitive?

    You'll learn all sorts of interesting things from Y Tu Mama Tambien.

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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.

    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.

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    To add a few more into the mix:

    El Crimen del Padre Amaro (LOVE Gael Garcia Bernal)
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    I hated El Crimen del Padre Amaro. The Maid is good. And Volver is fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    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.
    I disagree. What about the perspective of the older woman? I did think that it was centered on her.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post

    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.
    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".
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    Elsa y Fred is a really nice movie.
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