Thursday Movie Picks: Spanish Films

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is another foreign edition. Films in the Spanish language. One of my all time favorite foreign films happens to be Spanish, but when I went to type up this post this week, I realized I've only seen a handful of Spanish films. I'll need to broaden my horizon. Here are a few I enjoy.

1) Pan's Labyrinth

This is one of my favorite films. It's so stylish, I loved the dark fairy tale element to it tied into the horrors of living with a crazy tyrant of a step father. 

2) The Sea Inside

I watched this for the first time during Four Ways a Best Picture and it was one of the stronger foreign contenders for me. Javier Bardem was wonderful.

3) The Orphanage

I toyed with the idea of this one or Rec, both are creepy Spanish horror films, but this one is a bit more memorable to me due to its haunting visuals. 

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26 comments:

  1. I love Pan's Labyrinth! The Sea Inside sounds interesting, and though I don't watch a lot of horror, the gif looks creepy.

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    1. The Orphange is a pretty creept flick, but it's gorgeous creepy like Pan's lol.

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  2. Seen both Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage, love both films. The latter is so moving as well as creepy (as in Pan's Labyrinth). Great picks.

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    1. Yes, they're both beautifully creepy. I never get sick of watching Pan's.

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  3. Pan's Labyrinth is incredibly inventive in its dark and brooding way. Javier Bardem is phenomenal in Sea Inside, he's actually the reason I'd recommend the film. Haven't seen The Orphanage.

    I struggled about this week since my knowledge of Spanish language films is cursory but did manage to finally come up with three.

    Before Night Falls (2000)-Based on the writings of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas this film spans his lifetime through his country youth, embracing of the Revolution and his later persecution as a writer and openly gay man in Castro's Cuba, his escape in the Mariel Harbor exodus of 1980, exile and death in the United States. Not a pleasant film but worthwhile. Javier Bardem is staggering in the lead, earning a well-deserved Oscar nomination.

    Burnt Money (2000)-Argentine action thriller about two violent bank robbers who are also lovers, a bank job they pull that goes wrong and the pursuit and standoff that follows. Very erotic for this type of action film, based on actual events.

    Tristana (1970)-Luis Buñuel directed this murky tale of emotional battery and vicious score settling. Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) is orphaned and taken under the protection of respected elder Don Lope (Fernando Rey). He takes advantage of the situation and makes her a virtual prisoner while demoralizing her to break her spirit, eventually the tables are turned in an unexpected fashion. Good acting by Deneuve, Rey and Franco Nero but the characters are ultimately all a pretty loathsome bunch to care too deeply about.

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    1. I haven't seen these, but I've heard of Burnt Money. Thank you for sharing! Before Night Falls sounds like something I'd enjoy.

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  4. All three are excellent picks. Glad to see The Orphanage got recognized today. Great job.

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    1. Why, thank you! Thanks for suggesting this topic.

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  5. I dug the other two, but I really need to watch The Sea Inside. Great Bardem sounds like a good time.

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    1. He's amazing in it, and way more upbeat then I would be in that situation.

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  6. I loved Pan's Labyrinth, and The Sea Inside is probably my favourite Spanish movie. Bardem is outstanding in there.

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    1. He is. That was one of my favorite discoveries when I did Fisti's blogathon.

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  7. The gif for Pan's is great - my friends and I were always doing this at college, can't remember why though. The Pale Man still freaks me out!

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  8. Pan's Labyrinth is a masterpiece, one of my All-Time Favorites. So is The Orphanage - Belen Rueda is so great as the mother. I have yet to see The Sea Inside but it looks really good.

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    1. Pan's is definitely a masterpiece. I never tire of watching it.

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  9. I've seen 2 of these as I've done both Auteurs pieces on Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Amenabar. As for The Orphanage, I have the film on DVD but I'm saving it for October.

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    1. That's a good October movie. I hope you enjoy it.

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  10. omg i looooove Rec (and still haven't seen The Orphanage yet). And I love Pan's Labyrinth. You should also see Secuestrados.

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  11. I also picked Pan's Labyrinth and find it so heartbreaking and yet, magical even if creepy. That freak lacking in vitamin D really freaked me out. I haven't seen the other 2 and the Orphanage is one I'm not sure I will see as it sounds scary.

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    1. It's creepy, but I don't know if I'd call it scary. Unsettling, lol.

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  12. The only one I haven't seen is The Sea Inside. And you mentioned REC as well...another good Spanish horror.

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    1. Rec is great, I even liked the American remake. It was a good premise. I never saw the sequels though.

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  13. Really cool picks. Have not seen The Orphanage but cool list otherwise. Amores perros is one film I'd put on my list. Don't know if you've seen it but its Inarritu's debut feature and a really terrific film

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    1. I'll have to add that one to my Netflix queue!

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