Top 5 Arthouse Films in Spanish That You Can’t Miss

Arthouse cinema is having a great year so far and it looks like it will only be getting better, because of the genres newly found interest from audiences, we have decided to make a list with the Top 5 Arthouse movies in Spanish.
These films are different from each other but very unique, according to the point of view of their directors. This makes these 5 movies some of the best movies  in Spanish and some of the best in the entire genre.

5. Todo Sobre Mi Madre

Todo sobre mi madre Christian Lovera

All about my mother

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Candela Peña, Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz

The film focuses on the story of a woman and her circle of friends who are suffering a series of emotional disasters. The main character in this story is Manuela, a single mother whose life takes a turn for the worst when her son is killed when hit by a motorist. In the middle of her crisis, she goes to Barcelona and is reacquainted with some friends from her past who are going through some very difficult situations of their own.  A very intense character driven drama as usual from Almodóvar.

4. Y Tu Mamá También

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez, Diego Luna
The film tells us the story of two friends whose social status is the only thing that tells them apart; when Julio and Tenoch are at a party they meet a very beautiful but very depressed Spanish woman named Luisa, who is married to Tenoch’s cousin. The story unfolds when she decides to join the two friends in a trip without heading, the adventure teaches the three about, life, sex and friendship as well as mark their lives forever.

3. El Laberinto del Fauno

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivan Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Set in 1944 after the Spanish Civil War, we follow the story of a young girl named Ofelia who has just moved with her family to the Spanish countryside. Ofelia’s mother is married the to a sadistic army captain who is set to fulfill the orders of General Franco which are to eliminate a guerilla uprising in the area. Ofelia is forced to entertain herself as her mother is bedridden and immobilized do to a complicated pregnancy so she soon stumbles into a hidden stone labyrinth presided over by a mythical faun namde Pan. Pan tells her that she is the lost legendary princess and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a series of life-threatening tasks.

2. Amores Perros

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo

A terrible car accident in Mexico City affects the lives of three people. Octavio, a teenager who decides to run away with his brother’s wife; his dog Cofi is the instrument he needs to pay for his journey. Daniel is a grown man who decides to leave his wife and kids for Valeria, a young gorgeous model. The day when they decide to begin their new life, Valeria ends up victim in the terrible accident.

1. Mar Adentro

Mar Adentro, Alejandro Amenábar Christian Lovera

Mar Adentro

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Cast: Javier Bardem, Belém Rueda, Lola Dueñas
The film is based on the real life story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spanish man who has been fighting for 30 years in a campaign to end his life on his own terms. He’s been taken care by his family  and has been forced lay in his bed for  the past 30 years, his only window to the world is his own bedside window which gives him a view of the ocean where he suffered the accident that left him paralyzed.
His life is influenced in great part by two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause and Rosa, a neighbor who tries to convince him that life is worth fighting for. Despite his wish to die, Ramón teaches everyone he encounters the meaning, value and preciousness of life.