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Spanish and Portuguese Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Spanish Titles A-B

Spanish Titles A-B

Alamar
"Jorge has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea."

Amador
"Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can't afford to let happen. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can't always stop life."

El Amor brujo
"A modern take on composer Manuel de Falla's gypsy ballet, dressed up in pink sunsets and hellishly red fires. Set in a dusty Andalusian village, El amor brujo (Love the Magician) is a seductive melodrama of a man whose beloved is haunted by the ghost of another."

Amores perros = Love's a Bitch
"Three different people are catapulted into dramatic and unforeseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's designer pooch disappears into the apartment's floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a Rotweiler with a gunshot wound."

El ángel exterminador
"After a lavish dinner party in a stately mansion, the guests believe themselves unable to leave the premises. As the days pass, the elaborate facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. Finally discovering they are actually free to leave, they go to church to give thanks, where they are again trapped."

The Apostate
"Gonzalo attempts to formally renounce his faith but, has to navigate through the baffling bureaucracy of the Catholic church."

Balada triste de trompeta = The Last Circus
"Sad Clown Javier finds work in a circus and befriends a cast of characters, including brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment. He also meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with her and tries to rescue her from her cruel, violent husband, unleashing Sergio's jealousy. With neither man willing to back down, the twisted love triangle evolves into a ferocious battle that reaches unbelievable heights."

Bear Cub = Cachorr
"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."

Bodas de sangre
"Flamenco interpretation of the classic drama by Federico García Lorca. The National Ballet of Spain is first shown arriving at the dance studio, making up and rehearsing, dramatizing the technique by which they transform themselves into a unified dance company. The story of murderous passion and revenge is told entirely through dance without dialogue. A young bride runs off from her wedding with a married lover. Her jilted husband tracks them down and fights a knife duel to the death."

Bonsái
"Julio tells his girlfriend he has a job transcribing a novel, when he's actually writing his own work. Looking for inspiration, he revisits an old romance and gets involved again. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, Bonsai is a study of the lies we tell ourselves. A Cannes Film Festival official selection."