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Spanish Language Films


Spanish films: Dozens of Spanish-language films -- including Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies -- dating from the 70s to the 21st century, from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and other Latin American countries. See Index for alphabetical listing or browse pages from the latest, most current film releases backward chronologically: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7.
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ENGLISH TITLES (alphabetical)

The Age of Beauty (1992) Oscar winner
All About My Mother (1999) Oscar winner
Alucarda (1978)
And Your Mother Too (2001)
Bad Education (2004)
Burnt Money (2000)
Butterfly (1999)
Calle 54 (2000)
Chac: The Rain God (1975)
Chronicles (2004)
The City of No Limits (2002)
Common Ground (2002)
Common Wealth (2000)
The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
Deep Crimson (1996)
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Dust to Dust (2000)
Felicidades (2000)
Flamenco (1995)
Flower of My Secret (1995)
Freedomfighters (1996)
Gimme the Power (1999)
The Grandfather (1998)
Guantanamera (1995)
Herod's Law (1999)
In a Glass Cage (1987)
Intact (2001)
Kaliman (1972)
Kilometer Zero (2000)
Land (1996)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Live Flesh (1997)
Lost Embrace (2004)
Love's a Bitch (2000)
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
El Mariachi (1992)
Midaq Alley (1995)
Mondays in the Sun (2002)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Mouth to Mouth (1996)
Nobody Listened (1985)
Not Love, Just Frenzy (1996)
The Official Story (1985) Oscar winner
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Our Lady of the Assassins (2000)
Nine Queens (2000)
The Realm of Fortune (1986)
Rojo amanecer (1989)
The Sea Inside (2004) Oscar winner
Sex and Lucia (2001)
Sex, Shame & Tears (1999)
Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Strawberry & Chocolate (1994) Oscar-nominated
A Tale of Ham and Passion (1992)
Talk to Her (2002)
Tango (1998)
Thesis (1996)
Tie me up! Tie me down! (1990)
Valentin (2002)
Vampires in Havana (1985)
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
Who the Hell is Juliette? (1997)
Without a Trace (2000)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
SPANISH TITLES (alphabetical)

El abrazo partido (2004)
Abre los ojos (1997)
El abuelo (1998)
Alucarda, la hija de las tinieblas (1978)
Amores perros (2000)
¡Átame! (1990)
Belle epoque (1992) Oscar winner
Boca a boca (1996)
Calle 54 (2000)
El callejón de los milagros (1995)
Carne trémula (1997)
Chac: Dios de la lluvia (1975)
Como agua para chocolate (1992)
La Comunidad (2000)
El crimen del padre Amaro (2002)
Crónicas (2004)
Diarios de motocicleta (2004)
En la ciudad sin límites (2002)
El espinazo del diablo (2001)
El espíritu de la colmena (1973)
Felicidades (2000)
Flamenco (1995)
Fresa y chocolate (1994) Oscar-nominated
La Flor de mi secreto (1995)
Guantanamera (1995)
Hable con ella (2002)
La historia oficial (1985) Oscar winner
El imperio de la fortuna (1986)
Intacto (2001)
Jamón, Jamón (1992)
Kalimán, el hombre increíble (1972)
Km.0 (2000)
La lengua de las mariposas (1999)
La ley de Herodes (1999)
Libertarias (1996)
Lucía y el sexo (2001)
Los lunes al sol (2002)
Lugares comunes (2002)

La mala educación
Mar adentro (2004) Oscar winner
Maria, llena eres de gracia (2004)
El Mariachi (1992)
Más que amor, frenesí (1996)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (1988)
Nadie eschuchaba (1985)
Nueve reinas (2000)
Plata quemada (2000)
Por la libre (2000)
Profundo carmesí (1996)
Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! (1984)
¿Quién diablos es Juliette? (1997)
Rojo amanecer (1989)
Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999)
Sin dejar huella (2000)
Tango, no me dejes nunca (1998)
Tesis (1996)
Tierra (1996)
Todo el poder (1999)
Todo sobre mi madre (1999) Oscar winner
Tras el cristal (1987)
Valentín (2002)
¡Vampiros en la Habana! (1985)
La virgen de los sicarios (2000)
Y tu mamá también (2001)

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Lost Embrace / El abrazo partido
Comedy (2004)
Argentina, Spain
Director: Daniel Burman
Starring: Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizemberg

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The Sea Inside / Mar adentro

The Sea Inside / Mar adentro
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
Drama (2004)
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda
Review: Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004, The Sea Inside is a life-affirming film about a man who wishes to die. That may seem like a massive contradiction, but in the hands of director Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, The Others) and actor Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), this fact-based Spanish drama concerns the final days of Ramón Sampedro, the quadriplegic poet who waged a controversial campaign for his right to die. He was denied this right for 30 years, and ultimately arranged for his own assisted suicide, but this remarkable film--and Bardem's keenly intelligent performance--examines the hotly-debated issue of assisted suicide with admirable depth and humanity, just as Sampedro did until his death in 1998. For Sampedro, death was preferable to severe paralysis (he even refused to use a wheelchair), but the film does not suggest a "disposable" attitude toward disability. Instead, it's a thoughtful meditation on life and love as gifts to be cherished, and a challenging drama that begs each viewer to examine their own personal beliefs about what makes life worth living. You may not agree with Sampedro and his ultimate denial of life, but The Sea Inside will urge you to ponder how you would react under similar circumstances, and that makes it a profoundly meaningful film.
Review by Jeff Shannon
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Bad Education / La mala educación

Drama / Thriller (2004)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez
Review: Writer/director Pedro Almodóvar's dark, sexy Hitchcock homage is his best work since his Oscar-winning All About My Mother, and deepened by a sun-dappled sadness. Handsome, enigmatic Ángel (Gael García Bernal) arrives at the Spanish movie offices of director Enrique Goded (Fele Martinez) and happily proclaims that he's actually Enrique's long-lost school chum Ignacio--an announcement that is both less than convincing and more than it seems. A novice actor, Ángel pitches a semi-autobiographical screenplay in which he's determined to star, a revenge-laden reflection of the doomed love he and Enrique shared as boys before a pedophile priest cruelly intervened. The script, and the lost days it recalls, carefully unfurls into a series of brooding movies-within-movies and memories-inside-memories, which allow the sensual, multiple-role-playing Bernal to give the performance of his young career--among other things, he makes a stunningly convincing drag queen--and Almodóvar the opportunity to movingly suggest that people will pay any price to ensure that their stories are told.
Review by Steve Wiecking
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The Motorcycle Diaries / Diarios de motocicleta

Drama / Adventure (2004)
USA / et al.
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna
Review: The beauty of the South American landscape and of Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bad Education) gives The Motorcycle Diaries a charisma that is decidedly apolitical. But this portrait of the young Che Guevara (later to become a militant revolutionary) is half buddy-movie, half social commentary--and while that may seem an unholy hybrid, under the guidance of Brazillian director Walter Salles (Central Station) the movie is quietly passionate. Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna, a lusty and engaging actor) set off from Buenos Aires, hoping to circumnavigate the continent on a leaky motorcycle. They end up travelling more by foot, hitchhiking, and raft, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. No movie could affect an audience the same way, but The Motorcycle Diaries gives a soulful glimpse of an awakening social conscience, and that's worth experiencing.
Review by Bret Fetzer
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Chronicles / Crónicas

Crime / Drama / Thriller (2004)
Mexico / Ecuador
Director: Sebastián Cordero
Starring: John Leguizamo, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar
Review: In twisty thriller Crónicas, John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) finally lands a lead role worthy of his talent. The Columbian-born actor is Manolo Bonilla, an ambitious Miami-based reporter for a Spanish-language news outlet. When a serial killer devastates a small town in Ecuador, he and his crew, Marisa (Leonor Watling, Talk to Her) and Iván (José María Yazpik, Innocent Voices), fly down to cover the story. Shortly after their arrival, Bonilla saves the life of shifty-looking salesman Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar). His intentions aren't as honorable as they seem. Cepeda claims to have information regarding the "Monster of Babahoyo" and Bonilla will do anything to keep him talking. Soon his star begins to rise as Cepeda provides him with more and more ratings-grabbing details. Then Bonilla discovers something even the authorities don't know about--another body. His decision to follow the lead on his own could make his career...or completely destroy it. Worse yet, another child may lose his life if Bonilla fails. Featuring Alfred Molina (Frida) as Marisa's TV host husband (seen only via monitor). Written and directed by Sebastián Cordero and produced by Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, Crónicas was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Review by Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Maria Full of Grace / Maria, llena eres de gracia

Drama / Thriller (2004)
USA / Columbia
Director: Joshua Marston
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez
Review: When a movie can blend passionate social concern with good old-fashioned suspense, it must be doing something right. Maria Full of Grace scores high on both counts. Maria is a Colombian teenager who, for a large paycheck, agrees to be a mule for drug-runners: she has to swallow dozens of thumb-sized capsules of heroin and smuggle them into New York. This debilitating process is painstakingly described, and of course not everything goes as planned when Maria and her fellow mules land in America. Director Joshua Marston is working on a low budget, which explains the film's narrow, single-minded focus--but this may be a strength, not a weakness. The trump card is the lead performance of Catalina Sandrino Moreno, who won awards at the Seattle and Newport Film Festivals. Her empathetic face carries us along on Maria's journey, and humanizes a problem that is too easily relegated to a headline.
Review by Robert Horton
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