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Films in Spanish

All About My Mother All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (1999) - Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. DVD or VHS.

Bad Education (La mala educación) (2004) - Traces the effects of sexual abuse and religious schooling on the lives of two lifelong friends. DVD.

Bear Cub (Cachorro) (2004) - This film tells the engaging story of Pedro, an attractive gay dentist living an active single life in Madrid. He offers to take care of his adorable 9-year-old nephew Bernardo for two weeks while the child's mother travels abroad with her latest "hippie" boyfriend. When Mom suddenly becomes detained in India, however, Pedro must become the boy's caretaker. And to further complicate matters, the boy's grandmother begins a custody battle for the child. DVD.

Belle Epoque (1992) - Fernando, a handsome young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist, finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist's four beautiful daughters return to their country home. Which woman should he love? DVD or VHS.

Bitter Sugar Bitter Sugar (Azucar amarga) (1996) - An idealistic young Cuban Communist sours on the political conditions in his country and is willing to let his girlfriend and family go to take action. DVD or VHS.

Butterfly (1999) - A shy young boy is brought out of his cocoon by a wise teacher who shows him the wonder of the natural world around him, amidst the growing tensions and chaos of the Spanish Civil War in Galicia. DVD.

Cabeza de Vaca (1991) - In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. The lone survivor, Alvar Nuńez Cabeza de Vaca, discovers an ancient Indian tribe. Learning their mystical and mysterious culture, he becomes a healer and a leader. But this New World collides with the Old World when Spanish conquistadors arrive to enslave the Indians. Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past. DVD.

La Cienaga (The Swamp) (2001) - Mecha is a middle-aged woman with several bored teenagers, a husband who dyes his hair, and the tedious problem of sullen servants - nothing a few drinks can't cure. To avoid the hot and humid weather, they spend their summers at a country estate. Mecha's cousin, Tali, lives in a nearby city, has a crew of small, noisy children she is trying to deal with. Before long, the restlessness of domesticity strains both families' nerves, exposing secrets and threatening to erupt into violence. DVD.

The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002) - 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. Quickly her passion for her faith becomes entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. When the priest crosses the line that seperates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the devine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust. DVD.

Danzon (1991) - A surprising love story about a woman who finally discovers the passion that has been missing from her life. VHS.

The Devil's Backbone The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del diablo) (2001) - During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. DVD.

The Grandfather The Grandfather (El abuelo) (1998) - When news of his son's death brings old Count Albrit home to Spain after years abroad, he's pleased to meet his two charming young granddaughters. But one of the girls is not his son's daughter, and therefore not his true heir. The determined Count sets out to discover which granddaughter is worthy of his love and name. DVD.

Guantanamera Guantanamera (1995) - In this romantic comedy, Yoyita, a world-famous diva, returns to her hometown of Guantanamo for an elegant reception and a surprise reunion with her once beloved, Candido. Overjoyed with the rekindled memories of her first love, Yoyita's elated heart fizzles while in Candido's embrace. Joining Yoyita's funeral procession back to Havana are her sexy niece Gina, a former professor blacklisted for political nonconformity, and her husband Adolfo, a tasteless government official in charge of the funeral proceedings. As the cortege wends westward across Cuba, its path keeps crossing that of Mariano, a gallant truck driver who once had a crush on Gina and whose recurring presence crystallizes her doubts about her marriage. DVD.

I am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1964) - A dramatization of the decadence of Batista's Havana and the poverty that fueled the Cuban Revolution. DVD.

Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate) (1992) - 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.

Living it Up Living it Up (La gran vida) (2000) - A sexy waitress down on her luck meets a charming, big-spending "millionaire". While the two indulge in a romance, complete with expensive dinners, hundreds of roses, and a champagne-filled swimming pool, the clock is ticking on a million-dollar debt to the mob. Secrets on both sides abound. Will this spicy fairy tale have a happy ending? VHS.

The Motorcycle Diaries The Motorcycle Diaries (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.

No One Writes to the Colonel (1999) - A colonel goes to the post office every Friday anticipating the arrival of his pension which never arrives. DVD.

Open Your Eyes Open Your Eyes (Abre Los Ojos) (1997) - In this steamy, intriguingly complex psychological thriller the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. César tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, César's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. DVD or VHS.

A Red Bear A Red Bear (Un oso rojo) (2002) - 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 lives with Sergio, and Alicia barely remembers her father at all. Bear is determined to get them back or at least repair the damage. Caught between the depressed economy and the double-dealing underworld, the only way he might survive is to return to his criminal past. DVD.

The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) (2004) - Tells the story of Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who fought a 30-year battle for the right to end his life. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. DVD.

Sex, Shame and Tears (Sexo, pudor y lágrimas) (1999) - Sex-deprived Ana is nearly out of her mind with longing until her wild ex-boyfriend Thomas, who has been traveling around Europe, returns and stays in the apartment with Ana and her husband. Across the street live Andrea and Miguel who also have a houseguest, an ex-girlfriend of Miguel's. With these invitations, a sexual and gender war between the characters is unleashed. DVD.

A Shadow You Soon Will Be (Una sombra ya pronto serás) (1994) - A nameless washed-up computer programmer walks off into the endless pampas after the train he is on breaks down in the middle of nowhere. We follow him as he wanders through forgotten towns, deserted hotels, abandoned highways and broken dreams, encountering along the road a succession of equally lost souls, including a globe-trotting gambler, a circus owner who performers left him "because the whole country was a circus," and a tarot reader with large gaps in her knowledge of the future. DVD.

Suddenly (2002) - Marcia, a frumpy lingerie sales girl from Buenos Aires, lives a solitary life of dreary routine after having been dumped by her boyfriend. But soon her dreams of romance are unexpectedly answered when a pair of feisty leather-jacketed, crop-haired lesbian punks, Lenin and Mao, accost her on the street. DVD.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios") (1988) - Madcap 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. DVD or VHS.

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