Best Films to Practise Spanish

by / Friday, 29 May 2020
  1. The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) with Gael Garcia Bernal. It’s a biopic about the journey of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as Che Guevara. It is a nice movie to see different countries in Latin America and hear different accents.
  2. Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) by Guillermo del Toro. It has a good mix of fantasy and a bit of Spanish civil war, also easy to find on DVD and on streaming services.
  3. Money heist on Netflix (La casa de papel). It is a Spanish crime drama television series created by Álex Pina. The show follows 2 well-prepared heists on the Royal Mint of Spain and one on the Bank of Spain.
  4. Paco’s Men (Los hombres de Paco) is a Spanish detective series our students really like. The story revolves around policemen in a fictitious Madrid neighbourhood, San Antonio. It can be found on YouTube.
  5. Spanish Affair (Ocho Apellidos Vascos) is a comedy that in just 6 weeks became the second most popular film in Spain after Avatar. It follows the funny love story of the Andalucian boy, Rafa (who has never left his native Seville)and a Basque girl named Amaia.
  6. The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) is a 2004 Spanish drama film which won the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), who was left in paralysis after a diving accident, and his 28-year campaign for the right to end his life.
  7. And your Mom too (Y tu mama también) is a great movie to practise Latin American Spanish. It’s a Mexican road film that blends comedy and drama. It was directed by Alfons Curarón.

What’s your favourite Spanish movie?

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