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
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
, 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
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.