On the Fringe, evictions and losses galore
On the Fringe (En los márgenes) takes place on a single day in Madrid, Spain. Interconnected stories about people facing eviction or losing their children all come to a head on this day. Evictions are common in modern day Spain, carried out by police in riot gear. People on the margins, especially immigrants, can have […]
Plaza Catedral: touching drama from Panama
Plaza Catedral is a Spanish language film from Panama. A grieving woman and a teen age boy are thrown together in this story about human connections in a violent world.
Keep Breathing, Melissa Barrera does it all
Keep Breathing, a limited series, is partly exciting suspense in a survival story, partly finding your true self at a perilous moment, and partly ridiculous plot devices. The story is uneven in the extreme, but Melissa Barrera takes full advantage of her character to show her range and talent.
Triptych, an intense thriller from Mexico
The series Triptych (Triada) puts star Maite Perroni in the demanding part of playing three identical sisters. She does a terrific job with the roles in this intense and mysterious story full of surprises and twists.
Echo 3, a military thriller
Echo 3 is an overlong, drawn out military thriller about a woman captured by rebels in Colombia and the efforts of her husband and brother to get her back. Like Helen of Troy, she was worth starting a war for.
Language Lessons, human connection via video
Language Lessons is a two-hander with Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass as strangers involved in long distance Spanish lessons. He’s a student in California, she’s the teacher in Costa Rica. Their conversations lead to a friendship.
Dive (La caída) tells a story of abuse in the sports world
Dive (La caída) tells a story of a swim coach who takes advantage of the young girls striving to reach the Olympics under his care. The story is set in Mexico, but represents a world-wide issue for young female athletes. Karla Souza, from How to Get Away with Murder, stars and produced.
Daughter from Another Mother, S3, the best and final season
Daughter From Another Mother (Madre Solo hay Dos) brought its themes and messages to a strong conclusion in season 3. This charming and funny melodrama from Mexico ended with everyone in a good place and smiles all around.
Smiley, an LGBTQ+ positive series from Spain
Smiley is a light-hearted comedy about the romantic entanglements of a group of friends in Barcelona, Spain. The smiley face emoji plays a significant part in the storyline, hence the title. A full range of LGBTQ+ characters fill the series with plenty of positive queer vibes.
Christmas with You, feel good holiday music and romance
Christmas with You is a touching, feel good story about a pop star and one of her biggest fans as they connect around music and the holidays. The cast is mainly Latinix and Black. Gabriela Tagliavini directed.