Five movies

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Watching movies (and TV shows) is a great way to improve your listening skills and your accent. And it’s fun! Here are five great movies in Spanish. You can probably find all of them on some of the most common sites (Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, your local library…) as they were all critically acclaimed.

Celda 211


Year: 2009
Country: Spain
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Director: Daniel Monzón
Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Marta Etura
Plot: Juan Oliver is being given a tour in the prison where he is about to start working as a prison officer when a riot breaks out. Juan locks himself in cell 211 and pretends to be a prisoner when the rioters find him…

IMDb rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
Our rating: 4/5

Y tu mamá también


Year: 2001
Country: Mexico
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Diana Bracho
Plot: While Julio and Tenoch’s girlfriends are in Italy, they meet Luisa, the Spanish wife of Tenoch’s cousin Jano, at a wedding. After Luisa finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she decides to accept Julio and Tenoch’s invitation for a road trip in search of a paradisiac, fictional beach called Boca del Cielo.

IMDb rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%
Our rating: 4/5

El abrazo de la serpiente


Year: 2015
Country: Colombia
Genre: Drama
Director: Ciro Guerra
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar
Plot: Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, travels through the Amazon with German scientist Theo von Martius looking for the rare sacred plant yakruna. Thirty years later an older Karamakate agrees to help Evan, an American botanist, find the magic plant again.

IMDb rating: 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%
Our rating: 5/5



Year: 2015
Country: Guatemala
Genre: Drama
Director: Jayro Bustamante
Cast: María Telón, Marvin Coroy, Justo Lorenzo, Manuel Manuel Antún, María Mercedes Croy
Plot: María and her parents cultivate coffee in a village in the slopes of an active volcano. Her Kaqchikel parents have arranged a marriage for her, but she secretly dreams with leaving her village and emigrating to the United Estates.

IMDb rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%
Our rating: 4/5

El secreto de sus ojos


Year: 2009
Country: Argentina
Genre: Thriller
Director: Juan J. Campanella
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Guillermo Francella, Pablo Rago
Plot: A judiciary employee writes a novel based on his past unsolved cases, which still haunt him years later, and his buried love story with his superior, judge Irene Menéndez Hastings

IMDb rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%
Our rating: 5/5


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