Movie Guides: Spanish Language Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.


Mango Languages

Mango Languages has five full-length movies you can watch within the database with simultaneous Latin American Spanish and English subtitles:

  • Alamar: Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.
  • The Colors of the Mountain = Los Colores de la Montaña: A boy who yearns to become a goalkeeper accidentally kicks his ball into a minefield and goes to rescue it.
  • Gigante: Jara is a shy and lonely 35-year-old security guard at a supermarket on the outskirts of Montevideo. He works the night shift, monitoring the surveillance cameras of the entire building. One night Jara discovers Julia, a 25-year-old cleaning woman, through one of the cameras and is immediately attracted to her. Night after night, he watches her on the cameras while she works. Soon he starts following her after work: to the cinema, the beach and even to a date with another man. Jara's life becomes a series of routines and rituals around Julia, but eventually he finds himself at a crossroad and must decide whether to give up his obsession or confront it.
  • Lake Tahoe: A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town.
  • The Window: It is a significant day for 80 year-old Antonio. After an absence of many years, his estranged son is coming to visit. All must be perfect. There will be a toast with a very special champagne; an embrace; warm words that may finally bridge the gap between them. But before, Antonio must wait. Bedridden, he looks out his window at the Patagonian landscape and sees light and life, the past and the present, while sensing the future. He decides to secretly leave the house, unseen by his faithful caretakers, to take what might be a last walk in his fields, breathing the air, treading the earth, inhaling the scent of the land that had been his life.

Video Titles

DVD El Abuelo = The Grandfather --- MEDIA PN1997 .A268 1998
After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

DVD Amores Perros = Love's a Bitch --- 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.

DVD Araya --- MEDIA F2310 .A72 2011
Explored is a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in Venezuela. For centuries since its discovery by the Spanish, the region's salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Captured are the breathtaking and unforgettable images from the salineros toiling to build the mountains of salt, a fisherman hauling in huge teeming nets, and a young girl and her grandmother laying 'flowers' of shells on windswept graves.

DVD Argentina --- MEDIA GR133.A7 A74 2016
Three-time Academy Award nominee Carlos Saura's latest foray into the music of Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage, from traditional styles to modern dance.

DVD Atame! Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down --- MEDIA PN1997 .T54 2014
A comedy in which an orphaned mental patient kidnaps a porn star in an irrationally inspired bid for love.

DVD Biutiful --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B5 2011
Uxbal is a man on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad, or biutiful.

DVD Buena Vista Social Club --- MEDIA M1681.C918 B83 1999
In 1996, Ry Cooder went to Cuba, rediscovering talents of Cuba's foremost folk musicians, and then making a recording selling millions and earning a Grammy Award. Cooder now returns to Cuba with film maker Wim Wenders to reveal the stories, personalities, and music of the performers who collaborated on that recording. Includes live performances in Amsterdam and at Carnegie Hall.

DVD Caníbal --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C84 2014
Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, Spain. His life is a study in details, from the meticulous suits he creates for wealthy clients to the macabre murders he executes in the shadows. He performs these gruesome acts, including dining on the women he kills, without guilt or remorse. When Nina, a beautiful young immigrant from Romania, comes looking for her missing twin sister, she awakens in Carlos a kind of love he'd long since written off. As their relationship builds, based on secrets and deception, Nina's pure innocence will become undeniable, even by Carlos, a man driven by a dark secret. Cannibal is, in the end, a demon's love story.

DVD Carmen --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C369 2003
Set in 1830s Spain, this is the film adaptation of Prosper Mérimée's 1847 heady tale of dark sexual obsession. Bandit José used to be a sergeant in the army until he was seduced by the bewitching gypsy prostitute, Carmen, who confesses to having made a pact with the Devil. In a fit of jealousy, José kills his lieutenant and superior and takes to the hills, becoming a smuggler. That is, until One-Eye, who bought Carmen when she was 12, gets out of prison. A knife fight with One-Eye ensues. Nevertheless, now facing death by garrotting, José says that even if he could, he would not wipe the memory of Carmen from his life.

DVD La Ciénaga = The Swamp --- 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. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of amazing tactility and one of the great contemporary film debuts.

DVD The Club = El Club --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C58 2016
Four priests exiled to a small seaside town to atone for the sins of their pasts find their fragile stability disrupted by the arrival of a newly-disgraced companion in this taut blackly comic drama.

DVD Como Agua Para Chocolate = Like Water for Chocolate --- 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.

DVD Cría Cuervos --- MEDIA PN1997 .C753 2007
Eight-year-old Ana lives in Madrid with her two sisters. They are mourning the death of her mother, whom Ana conjures as a ghost. Evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows of Fascism.

DVD El Crimen del Padre Amaro = The Crime of Padre Amaro --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C75 2003
Arriving at his new post at a small rural Mexican church, a recently ordained priest meets a young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. Quickly her passion for her faith becomes entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. 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.

DVD Cronos --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C76667 2010
Kindly antiques dealer Jesus 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.

DVD La Dama del Alba --- 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.

DVD Embrace of the Serpent [El Abrazo de la Serpiente] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E43 2015
The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

DVD El Espinazo del Diablo --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E83 2004
Twelve-year-old Carlos is the latest arrival to Santa Lucia School, an imposing stone building that shelters the orphans of the Republican militia and politicians during the last days of the Spanish Civil War. Carlos gradually uncovers the dark ties that bind the inhabitants of the school: hidden riches, sexual intrigue and the restless ghost of a murdered student.

DVD From Afar = Desde Allá --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .D47 2016
Wealthy, middle-aged Armando lures young men to his home with money. He doesn't want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. Armando's first encounter with street thug Elder is violent, but this doesn't discourage the lonely man's fascination with the tough handsome teenager. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly and an unexpected intimacy emerges. However, Armando's haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando's behalf.

DVD Hable con Ella = Talk to Her --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .H3353 2003
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for their girlfriends who are both in deep comas.

DVD El Hijo de la Novia [Son of the Bride] --- 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.

DVD La Joven = The Young One --- 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. Note: might not play in all DVD players.

DVD Juana la Loca = Mad Love --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .J83 2003
Historical drama about the life of Juana, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the politics, passion, and power struggle that enveloped her life.

DVD El Laberinto del Fauno = Pan's Labyrinth --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L33 2007
Spain, 1944. Officially, the Civil War has been over for five years, but a small group of rebels fights on in the northern mountains of Navarra. Dreamy 10-year-old Ofelia and her pregnant mother Carmen move to Navarra, joining her new stepfather, Captain Vidal. A Fascist officer, he is under orders to destroy the rebels. Ofelia discovers an overgrown, tumbledown labyrinth and meets an ancient faun who claims to know her true identity and secret destiny. She can learn them if she completes three tasks before the full moon. But no one must know: not her ailing mother or her new friend Mercedes. Time is running out, and both Ofelia and the rebels will have to battle hardship and cruelty in order to gain their freedom. Who can be trusted in a time of lies and danger? Is the faun telling the truth...? If not, who is?

DVD Learning to Protect Myself: Piquito & Plumita Aprenden a Cuidarse --- JUV GV1111.4 .D56 2007 (Youth Collection)
The educational video Learning to Protect Myself consist of two parts, the first deals with self-esteem and the second develops, in a nice and simple way, situations which may be risky during childhood and teaches how to manage them successfully. Recommended for children between 3 and 9.

DVD Marshland = La Isla Mínima --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M37 2016
The Spanish Deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters; both detectives in the homicide division, to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences in order to hunt down a killer.

DVD May Justice Be Done [Que Justice Soit Faite!] --- Classroom Collection
May Justice Be Done goes into the streets of Argentina, tracing the roots of the crisis in scholarly detail, back to the irresponsible lending policies of the international lending financial institutions. The film carefully follows the renegotiation of the external debt, actions referred to as the "Megacanje", a bond exchange program designed to postpone impending maturity dates in exchange for an increased interest rate. Narration in French, dialogue in Spanish.

DVD Mi Mejor Enemigo: Patagonia, 1978 = My Best Enemy, Patagonia 1978 --- 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.

DVD The Motorcycle Diaries = Diarios de Motocicleta --- 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.

DVD Los Niños en su Casa: Soluciones para la Primera Infancia Aprendizaje Temprano --- MEDIA HQ774.5 .S65 2008
Alina Rosario leads the program, engaging parents, caregivers, and child care experts in discussions concerning early learning. Topics include: literacy, language development, writing skills, science, math and more. Includes nine fun activities that can be done at home with children.

DVD Los Niños en su Casa: Soluciones para la Primera Infancia Salud y Nutrición --- MEDIA HQ778.5 .N56 2008
Host Debi Gutierrez leads engaging discussions on health and nutrition with parents, caregivers and child care experts. Topics include exercise, healthy eating, preventing obesity, sleep, diabetes, asthma and more.

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

DVD El Norte --- MEDIA PN1997 .N595 2008
Beginning in the mountains of Guatemala, El Norte is the story of two brothers who leave their homeland in search of the "promised land" after their father is assassinated by the government. It is a journey filled with never-to-be forgotten dangers and hardships. A dangerous journey that makes for a better life.

DVD Nueve Reinas = Nine Queens --- MEDIA PN1997 .N84 2002
Two small-time grifters team up to pull off a big-time score involving a set of valuable counterfeit stamps known as the Nine Queens.

DVD Open Your Eyes = Abre los Ojos --- MEDIA PN1997.A27 2001
Handsome womanizer César is disfigured in a car wreck, and as he attempts to pick up the pieces of his life, bizarre situations and events seem to occur as a result of his accident.

DVD Plata Quemada = Burnt Money --- MEDIA PN1997 .P6548 2002
When two gay thugs Angel and El Nene join a plan to hold up an armored truck with a group of seasoned gangsters, their love and loyalty to each other is tested. Angel is wounded by police gunfire during the robbery, forcing El Nene to kill them all in a fit of rage. Things become complicated when they escape to Uruguay and the police threaten to torture the driver's moll if she doesn't tell them where they are. With their pictures plastered on the cover of every paper, drowning in drugs and alcohol, the gang begins to bicker. Against his boss's wishes El Nene leaves the apartment and roams the streets where he meets a prostitute named Giselle in whom he begins to trust.

DVD Red Bear = Un Oso Rojo --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .O86 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.

DVD Los Reyes Católicos --- MEDIA DP17 .M45 2005
The union of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, two able rulers known jointly as the Catholic Monarchs, set the stage for the unification of Spain religiously as well as politically and economically. This program utilizes dramatizations, location footage of historical landmarks, and maps to illustrate their consolidation of power, including the final conquest of Granada, the expulsion of the Jews, and the establishment of the Inquisition in Spain.

DVD Santiago Calatrava: Sculptor, Engineer, Architect --- Classroom Collection
Featuring the architectural and design work of Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava's usages of design brings new possibilities to those engineering principles generally associated with more inflexible structures, his approach resulting in organic forms that contradict their hidden frameworks. Note: might not play in all DVD players.

DVD The Sea Inside = Mar Adentro --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M3698 2005
Ramón Sampedro wants to end his life because a diving accident 28 years before that turned him into a quadriplegic.

DVD El Secreto de Sus Ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S4374 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. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010.

DVD Sin Nombre --- 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.

DVD Sol y Viento --- MEDIA PC4129.E5 S645 2005
A short series introducing viewers to Spanish. Jaime visits the United States to look into buying a vineyard.

DVD The Spirit of the Beehive = El Espíritu de la Colmena --- MEDIA PN1997 .E73 2013
A moving and poetic journey into the haunted world of a child's inner life.

DVD También la Lluvia = Even the Rain --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E94 2012
Idealistic filmmaker Sebastian and his cynical producer Costa arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about Christopher Columbus' conquest of the Americas.

DVD Tango --- MEDIA PN1997 .T3658 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.

DVD Todo Sobre Mi Madre = All About My Mother --- MEDIA PN1997 .T623 2009
A woman must come to terms with the death of her 17-year-old son and her past when she seeks out her son's father.

DVD Una Vida Sin Palabras = A Life Without Words --- MEDIA HV2608 .V53 2013
In rural Nicaragua, Dulce Maria and her brother Francisco are deaf adults without any language—spoken, written, or signed—until Tomasa, a deaf sign-language teacher, arrives determined to teach them their first words.

DVD Voices of the Andes = Qhapaq Ñan, la Voix des Andes --- MEDIA F2230 .V65 2009
Over the course of several months in 2007, photographer Aurélia Frey, journalist Sébastien Jallade and film director Stéphane Pachot immersed themselves in the Andean communities who populate the Qhapaq Ñan, the primary ancient Incan royal road. They traveled over 1,200 miles in southern Ecuador and Peru and captured the contemporary Andean reality of this recently designated Unesco World Heritage Site.

DVD When Two Worlds Collide --- MEDIA K3174 .W446 2016
Peruvian leaders will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. President Alan Garcia begins aggressively extracting oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. He is quickly met with fierce opposition from the indigenous leader Alberto Pizango. Alberto's passionate speeches against Garcia prove a powerful rallying cry from those of his supporters. When Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a war of words erupts into deadly violence.

DVD Which Way Home --- MEDIA JV6600 .W453 2009
Which Way Home show the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast."

DVD Whisky --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W54 2004
Lonely Jacobo Koller is the owner of a struggling sock company. His brother is coming to visit, and he doesn't want him to know that he isn't married, so he asks Marta to pretend that she is his wife and, surprisingly, she says yes.

DVD Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown = Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de "Nervios" --- MEDIA PN1997 .M8513 2009
Comedy about a woman who has been jilted by the love of her life, her friend who is in love with a terrorist, and her ex-lover's crazed wife. Mix them all together and you end up with women on the verge of a nervous breakdown!

DVD Los Últimos Zapatistas: Héroes Olvidados --- MEDIA F1234 .U458 2005
The last surviving soldiers who fought with General Emiliano Zapata during the 1910 Mexican Revolution talk about the failure of the revolution and today's government.

DVD Y Tu Mamá También --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .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?

Last Updated: August 2017