It's a cliché of the season to list award favorites, but it is also a thrill to be able to recommend so many good films that you can watch at this moment on Netflix.
Now that the cold front has officially made its way into Boston, we really only have one thing on our minds — Netflix. As cuddle weather commences, all we want to do is snuggle up and let mindless television carry us somewhere far, far away from the cold. So we thought we’d give you all a little something special this winter season — think of it as a late Christmas present — and provide you with a list of the top 8 Spanish-language (or Spanish produced) movies to watch on Netflix this winter. Here they are, in no particular order. Happy viewing!
1. Amores Perros (Drama, R, 2hr 33m, 2000, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu / Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo)
Nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 2001, this has been considered as one of the best Spanish language films of the 21st century.
Synopsis: A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
2. The Sea Inside (Drama PG-13, 2hr 5m, 2004, Director Alejandro Amenábar / Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas)
Synopsis: The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.
3. Y Tu Mama También (Drama, R, 1hr 46m, 2001, Director Alfonso Cuarón / Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho)
Synopsis: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
4. Like Water For Chocolate (Romance, R, 1hr 45m, 1992, Director Alfonso Arau / Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné)
Synopsis: This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn’t get married because Tita’s mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people can change everything. This picture set a new epoch in Mexican movies all over the world.
5. Blancanieves (PG-13, Fantasía, 1hr 44m, 2012, Director Pablo Berger / Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho)
Synopsis: This silent, black-and-white Spanish take on “Snow White” follows a young woman who escapes her evil stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarves.
6. La Lengua de las Mariposas (G, 92m, 1951, Director Robert Wise / Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe)
Synopsis: For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age.
7. Biutiful (Drama, 2010, 2hr 28m, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu / Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib)
8. The Artist and the Model (R, 2013, 1hr 45m, Director Fernando Trueba / Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale, Chus Lampreave, Götz Otto, Christian Sinniger, Martin Gamet, Mateo Deluz)
Synopsis: In 1943, disillusioned by the horrors of two world wars, sculptor Marc Cros gives up his art to live quietly in occupied France. When his wife brings home a young Spanish refugee, her beauty inspires the 80-year-old man to return to work.