Movie Guides: Foreign Language Films - The Americas

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Foreign Films Americas

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Amores Perros (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997 .A5338 2001
Three lives become inextricably linked in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's pooch disappears into the apartment's floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a gun-shot Rottweiler.
Language: Spanish and French; English subtitles

Beira-mar: Seashore (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S43 2015
Two boys on the edge of adulthood find themselves exploring their relationship. (IMDB)

Bella (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B455 2008
An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when a series of events unfold that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down
Language: English

Orfeu Negro = Black Orpheus (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997 .O74 2010
Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her.

Central Station (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997 .C3857 1999
When a young boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely, retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing.
Language: Portuguese; English subtitles

Cidade de Deus = City of God (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C526 2003
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Language: Portuguese; English, Spanish and French subtitles

Cidade dos Homens = City of Men (Brazil) -- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C5323 2006
The City is a shantytown located in one of the many mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The Men are two 13-year-old kids, Laranjinha and Acerola. This series brilliantly mixes humor and reality to explore life in the 'favelas' and in particular the indomitable spirit of two best friends growing up in one of the most volatile communities in the world.
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles.

La Ciénaga = The Swamp (Argentina) -- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C54 2015
With a radical take on narrative, disturbing yet beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a decaying bourgeois family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel.

Como Agua Para Chocolate = Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico) --- MEDIA PQ7298.15.S638 C66132 2000
Romantic fantasy set in Mexico during the early 20th century. A young couple is blocked from marrying by the demands of the young woman's cold and selfish mother. To be near his love, the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking.
Language: Spanish and English; English subtitles

The Crime of Padre Amaro = El Crimen del Padre Amaro (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C75 2003
A recently ordained priest is sent to a small parish church in rural Mexico to help an aging priest. Upon arriving at his new post, he meets a beautiful young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. When the priest crosses the line that separates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the divine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust.
Language: Spanish or English dialogue; English subtitles

Cronos (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C76667 2010
Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris happens upon an ancient golden device, and soon finds himself possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious, crude American named Angel.
Language: Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles

La Dama del Alba (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997 .D2385 2003
Adapted from the play by Alejandro Casona, the story takes place three years after Martín's wife Angelica has mysteriously disappeared in the river when a vagabond woman arrives.
Language: Spanish Dialogue

Elite Squad = The Enemy Within (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E4584 2012
Captain Nascimento has risen in his career to become the commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) and later, a populist choice as the Sub-Secretary of Intelligence.
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles.

File under Miscellaneous (Canada) --- MEDIA PN1997 .F55 2010
Set in a dystopic metropolitan hellscape: a spiritually exhausted and destitute Mi'gMaq man has resolved to assimilate into the ruling culture. He visits a surgical clinic - the display window littered with skin and limb samples - and undergoes a gruesome procedure to rid him of his red skin.
Language: In Micmac and English with English subtitles.

El hijo de la novia : Son of the bride (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.H55 2002
Rafael is a 42-year-old divorced father and restaurant owner who is overwhelmed with life. He feels guilty that he doesn't visit his mother, who is stricken with Alzheimer's disease; he lives in his father's shadow; he doesn't spend enough time with his daughter and he can't commit to his girlfriend. When a series of unexpected events happen, Rafael re-evaluates his life.
Language: Spanish with optional English subtitles

La Joven = The Young One (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997 .Y6595 2004
A game warden and an orphaned thirteen-year old girl are the only inhabitants of an isolated island off the Carolina coast. The warden is obsessed by the girl, and when a black musician on the run from a lynch mob arrives on the island, the warden wants him out of the way.
Language: Spanish or English with optional Spanish subtitles.

Koyaanisqatsi (Hopi) --- MEDIA PN1997 .K693 2002
This film presents a concert of visual images set to the music of Philip Glass that progresses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by man, and finally to man's own manmade environment that is devoid of nature.
Language: English; Spanish and French subtitles

Lula, o Filho do Brasil = Lula, Son of Brazil (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L85 2012
A richly produced, deeply moving chronicle of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rose from extreme poverty to govern the largest nation in Latin America. An incredible, true tale of perseverance, family, love, honor and heroism.
Language: In Portuguese, with optional subtitles in English.

Mi Mejor Enemigo: Patagonia, 1978 = My Best Enemy, Patagonia 1978 (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M5 2006
Friendship develops between enemies when a Chilean army patrol lost within the Argentine border comes upon an Argentine army patrol in the same predicament.
Language: Spanish language; English subtitles.

The Motorcycle Diaries = Diarios de Motocicleta (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .D437 2005
An inspirational adventure, based on the true story of two young men whose thrilling and dangerous road trip across Latin America becomes a life-changing journey of self-discovery.
Language: Spanish or French; English or French subtitles

No (Chile) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.N6 2013
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

De Pernas Pro Ar = Head over heels (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.D37 2011
After being left by her husband and fired from her work, a workaholic businesswoman is forced to go through a big change in her life and becomes a partner in a decadent sex shop.
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Plata Quemada = Burnt Money (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997.P6548 2002
Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down. (IMDB)
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Red Bear = Un Oso Rojo (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997 .R2567 2005
Seven years have passed since Bear was sent to prison for robbery and murder. The day of the robbery was his daughter Alicia’s first birthday and his ex-wife Natalia has never forgiven him. Now paroled, Bear thinks he might be able to start fresh -- but Natalia now lives with Sergio, and Alicia barely remembers her father at all.
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Se eu Fosse Você = If I Were You (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S39 2006
Comedy about a married couple who, to their surprise, somehow swap bodies to experience each other's life, complete with benefits and troubles. It appears to have happened at a bad time as the husband's advertising agency is experiencing difficulties and the wife is having to conduct a girl's choir in a concert. But the mind/body switch works to everyone's advantage in the end.
Language: Portuguese; Optional English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles

Se eu Fosse Você 2 (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S391 2009
Claudio and Helena are on the verge of breaking up, until the couple experiences another strange phenomenon that looks to help them understand one another more.(IMDB)
Language: Portuguese; English, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles

El Secreto de Sus Ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997 S437 2010
Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010. A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Sin Nombre (Honduras) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S576 2009
A teenage Honduran girl forms an unlikely friendship with a Mexican gang member who is helping to smuggle her family into the United States.
Language: Spanish; English or French subtitle

Tango (Argentina) --- MEDIA PN1997 .T36 1999
Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Vidas Sêcas = Barren Lives (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997 .V53 2005
This Brazilian 'Grapes of wrath' is set in the early 1940s, and describes two years in the life of an itinerant cowhand's family struggling to eke out an existence in the drought-ravaged, landowner-dominated sertão of the country's Northeast.
Language: Portuguese; English subtitles

The Way He Looks = Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W39 2015
A fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who's fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans.
Language: Portuguese; English or Spanish subtitles

Whisky (Uruguay) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.W54 2004
When Jacobo, a sock factory owner, hears about the impending visit of his brother, who he hasn't seen in years, he enlists the aid of his assistant Marta to pretend to be his wife.
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Xingu (Brazil) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .X56 2014
The three Villas Boas brothers, Orlando, Claudio, and Leonardo, are on a mission to protect the indigenous Amazon natives. Seeking adventure, they join the March to the West, an expedition to explore the Amazon rainforest. After befriending the native tribes, they become the leading advocates for the creation of the Xingu National Park.
Language: Portuguese; English subtitles

Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico) --- MEDIA PN1997 .Y22 2002
Two teens set off on a wild cross-country trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?
Language: Spanish; English subtitles

Last Updated: January 2016