Best Latin American Movies

Latin American Movies

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Hi, Spanish Language Lovers! Today we bring you a very interesting list of recommendations from Latin American Movies you can watch to learn Spanish. Are you struggling with listening, this is the best way to practice! So, let’s take a look at the best Latin American Movies to improve your Spanish! Let’s get started!

Best Latin American Movies

Firstly, how much do you know about Latin American Cinema? Let’s talk a little bit about it. Latin America is home to many famous and incredible film directors. We also have several universities of Cinema, for example, the International School of Cine and TV in Cuba. In Argentina, it is very common that the budget of the movies to be subsidized by the INCAA (National Institute of Audiovisual Arts). Well, that said, let’s start with the list!

  • El secreto de sus ojos (The secret in their eyes), Argentina, 2009. An employee of the judiciary begins to write a story based on an old unsolved case of his. With a flashback to the darkest time in Argentine history (the 1976 dictatorship), this police drama will captivate you with its mystery, its rawness, and its realism. The realism of how far the human soul can go for love. Winner of the Oscar for best foreign film in 2010.
  • Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolat), Cuba, 1994. David is a young member of the Cuban Communist Party. His girlfriend just left him. He is disenchanted and aspires to become a writer. One day he meets Diego, a young homosexual, educated, vitalist, and critical of the system. David feels disgusted for Diego, but he begins to cultivate their friendship thinking that he should be watched as a dangerous element.
Best Latin American Movies
Best Latin American Movies

Chilean Movies

Chile has a large tradition of innovation in movies, a mix of documentaries and movies about the history of the country. We want to show you the two best movies, in our opinion, to learn not only Spanish but Chilean history as well.

  • Nostalgia de la luz (Longing for the light), Chile, 2010. Nostalgia de la luz is a film about the distance between heaven and earth, between the light of the cosmos and human beings, and the mysterious comings and goings that are created between them. In Chile, at an altitude of three thousand meters, astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama desert to observe the stars. Here, the transparency of the sky allows you to see to the ends of the universe. Below, the dryness of the ground preserves the human remains intact forever: mummies, explorers, adventurers, indigenous people, miners, and the remains of the political prisoners of the dictatorship. While astronomers search for extraterrestrial life, a group of women removes the stones: they are looking for their relatives.
  • Una mujer fantástica (A fantastic woman), Chile, 2017. This is one of my favorite movies. Marina is a transgender woman in Santiago, who is in a relationship with Orlando. When he suddenly dies, we realize how difficult can be life for transgender persons in a world full of hate and ignorance. This is a very realistic movie with perfect photography and script. Also, you will learn Chilean Spanish and its slang, which is beautiful. Also, it’s a good example of how directors can hire transgender people for transgender characters, highlighting transgender people’s lives and giving work to transgender people at the same time.

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