Review: Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel)

Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel) is a sweeping, glorious, soap opera of a tale from Spain. It’s set in 1905 in a palatial hotel owned by the Alarcón family and populated with hotel owners, guests, and workers. Continue reading “Review: Grand Hotel (Gran Hotel)”

Review: Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo)

Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) is a Spanish film currently streaming on Netflix. It’s the exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely painful story of a woman who searches out her mother 30 years after her mother abandoned her. Continue reading “Review: Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo)”

Review: Thi Mai (Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam)

Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam comes from Spain. It’s a lighthearted story about an trip to Vietnam for an adoption.

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Review: La Niña

La Niña is a series from Colombia, based on true stories about children abducted from their families and forced to fight as soldiers. The main character is the girl Belky. Some of the names have been changed in the telling of her story, but the story is basically accurate. Continue reading “Review: La Niña”

Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas Del Cable) Season 2

The nine episodes of season 2 of Cable Girls (Las Chicas Del Cable) are available on Netflix. The new episodes open with New Year’s Eve 1929 in Madrid, Spain. The women who work for the telephone company and characters who swirl around them get the season off to a dramatic start that never lets up for a second. Beware, there are a few spoilers ahead.

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Review: XXY

XXY is a 2007 film from Argentina about an intersex teen. The language and knowledge around the topic of intersex persons has advanced in the 10 years since the film, but it is still a beautiful and sensitive story. Continue reading “Review: XXY”

Review: The Invisible Guardian (El guardián invisible)

The Invisible Guardian (El guardián invisible) is a Spanish language thriller from Spain. The lead character is a female police inspector.

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Review: The Lighthouse of the Orcas (El faro de las orcas)

The Lighthouse of the Orcas (El faro de las orcas) is a beautiful Argentinean film based on a real person – Roberto “Beto” Bubas, a park ranger in Patagonia, Argentina.  Beware the spoilers.

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Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas Del Cable)

Netflix first Spanish project is Cable Girls (Las Chicas Del Cable). I’ll review the 8 episode season 1 of this female-powered drama. Minor spoilers ahead.
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The Time in Between (El tiempo entre costuras)

The Time in Between (El tiempo entre costuras in the original Spanish) is a sweeping drama from Spain. Sira Quiroga (Adriana Ugarte) begins her life as a dressmaker in Madrid just before the Spanish Civil War. She becomes part of history as circumstances compel her into spying for the British during WW II. Some minor spoilers ahead.

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