As the weather’s getting colder, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch for a good old Netflix binge – especially if you’re trying to learn a new language! We’ve talked about this before, and we’ll say it again: the key to learning something new is immersion. And what better way to get your language fix, than a great comedy or drama?! So for all you Spanish speakers and learners, we’ve found the best Netflix has to offer for your next binge. And if you’re looking for even more, check out our June movie and TV round ups too!
From the director of Jackie comes this “anti-biopic” about Chilean Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda. The film follows a year in the life of the poet after publicly denouncing Chile’s president, and is narrated by the police detective seeking personal validation through his capture. Described as one of the best poets of the 20th century, this fictionalized version of events is worth seeing for its depiction of mid-century Chile. As the director says, “You have to understand, I’m Chilean. Neruda is in the water, in the earth, in the trees… No historian, no journalist, no artist, nobody has been able to describe our society, our country, our food, our idiosyncrasy in that way, and he did it with poetry”.
Are you a foodie? We wrote about Gaston Acurio’s Chicago restaurant recently, but if you’re interested in knowing more about the chef and owner of one of the world’s best restaurants (and more than forty others!), look no further. Gaston has become a household name in his native Peru, and this documentary will show you why – all in between mouth-watering shots of delicious Peruvian cuisine you’ll be dying to taste!
This comedy also from Peru is about four friends who decide to go home to see their old soccer team play a pivotal match. The twist? One of the four has died just days before their trip! Not letting that get in the way, the other three steal his ashes for one last boys’ day. It’s a movie about friendship, mortality and laughter, making it the perfect way to hear conversational spanish while having a good laugh.
This Spanish imagination-driven dark comedy premiered at the San Sebastián film festival where it won best film and best director. The movie revolves around the intertwining lives of four characters – out of work school teacher Luis and his daughter Alicia who has been diagnosed with terminal leukemia, icy and unstable housewife Barbara, and the ex-con Damian who is obsessed with her. The main story follows Luis’ desire to fulfill his daughter’s dying wish, but the film’s secondary is a whole lot darker – you’ll be hooked.
This Argentinean film is a pretty classic rom-com, with one small (4’6″ to be exact!) difference. A classic boy meets girl, Ivana is a successful lawyer who loses her phone one day, only to have a man call her saying he’s found it. The two have a flirty conversation in which Leon asks her out. However when they meet in person, Ivana is surprised to find that this smart, funny and confident man is a whole lot shorter than she expected! What follows is a series of adventures as Ivana deals with prejudice (both hers and others’) and the two begin to fall in love. Funny and sweet, fans of romantic comedies will love it.
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