Spanish Language

Jessica Ann Collins in Echo 3

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.

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Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales in Language Lessons

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.

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Karla Souza in Dive

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.

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Ludwika Paleta and Paulina Goto in Daughter from Another Mother

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.

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Carlos Cuevas and Miki Esparbé in Smiley

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

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Aimee Garcia, Deja Monique Cruz, and Zenzi Williams in Christmas with You

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.

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Clarisse Albrecht in Bantú Mama

Bantú Mama, a quiet story of connections

Bantú Mama, is a quiet and largely visual story about identity, the longing for roots, and the deep connections between people and places. It’s in the running for best international feature film entry from the Dominican Republic for the upcoming

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Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn in Stars at Noon

Stars at Noon, new film from director Claire Denis

Stars at Noon grabbed my immediate attention because it was directed by Claire Denis. It stars Margaret Qualley, who was so wonderful in Maid. I went into it expecting something good. I’m sorry to report it was disappointing.

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Pablo Molinero and Elena Anaya in The Chalk Line

Jaula (The Chalk Line) brings Spanish suspense and horror

Jaula is a Spanish film available on Netflix under the title The Chalk Line. It stars Elena Anaya, who has been in several English language shows in small parts. Here she’s the lead in a film that can’t decide if

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Nadia de Santiago in The Time It Takes

The Time It Takes (El tiempo que te doy), a series of shorts

The Time It Takes (El tiempo que te doy) takes a different approach to thinking about love, loss, and grief. The Spanish series of 10 shorts takes us from the beginning to the end of a relationship (or is it

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