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Spanish and Portuguese Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Spanish Titles H-L

Spanish Titles H-L

Hable con ella = Talk To Her
"Marco, a journalist grieving for a love affair that ended ten years' ago, falls in love with Lydia, a bullfighter also on the rebound. Benigno, a nurse, dedicates his life to his only patient, a young dancer in a coma as a result of an accident four years' before; he talks to her, reads to her, holds photographs in front of her closed eyes. When Lydia is brought comatose to the hospital where Benigno works, he and Marco become friendly, and the nurse encourages the journalist to talk to her and hope for a miracle...."

"Raised as brothers, intense teammates and competitors on the soccer field, the gregarious, swaggering Julio and the wiry, focused Daniel have remained virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum."

La historia oficial  = The Official Story
"The wife of an Argentinian businessman faces the ultimate challenge when she begins to suspect that her own daughter, adopted at birth, may have been stolen from a family of los desaparecidos."

Hombre mirando al sudeste = Man Facing Southeast
"..a powerfully moving science-fiction parable of a saint-like stranger in an even stranger land our Earth.

Las horas muertas = Empty Hours
"On the desolated coast of Veracruz, seventeen-year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle's small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastián and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them."

I Am Happiness on Earth
"Emiliano looks at his life with the eyes of a film director, mixing the objective reality with the processes of the artistic creation. The story he is filming flounders with his daily life, until his world is trapped in the lens of his camera. Love, sexuality and the true self are all themes explored."

I'm So Excited!
"With malfunctioning landing gear, the fight attendants on a Madrid-Mexico City flight try to distract the passengers from this crisis with comical results."

Los insólitos peces gato
"A heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital. Martha, a mother of four rambunctious and imaginative children, finds solace when she meets the younger woman, Claudia, and quickly the two build a strong relationship. When Martha invites Claudia to live with her family, Claudia unwittingly takes on the responsibility of becoming a surrogate mother to Martha's children."

Infancia clandestina
"Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family return to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents are Montoneros guerillas who are being tracked down relentlessly by the Military Junta that rules the country. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor."

"Captain Dinesen takes a job with the Argentine army and brings his fifteen-year-old daughter, Ingeborg, along. Being the only female in the area, she causes quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory to find them."

La Jaula de oro
"Three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the United States to find a better life."

"Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antia. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antia's father and Julieta's husband. At times, grief doesn't bring people closer, it drives them apart."

"The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry, who does not know that Argentina's 1976 coup d'état is impacting his life. After witnessing the 'disappearance' of dissident friends, a human rights lawyer and his research scientist wife flee the city and hide from the military police in a vacant summer house. With them are their two kids: Harry, who is fascinated with the escape artistry of Harry Houdini, and El Enano, his little brother. The family adopts new identities and attempts to lead a normal life."

Karen llora en un bus  - Karen Cries On the Bus
"Karen has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be, despite her husband's proclamation that she can do absolutely nothing. She walks out into Bogotá with no job, no friends, and hardly any money, but catches a break when she meets a hairdresser named Patricia at a cheap flophouse. With her younger and seemingly stronger friend by her side, Karen takes her first steps towards independence and self-discovery."

El laberinto del fauno = Pan's Labyrinth
"Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine."

La ley del deseo = Law of Desire
"Cocaine-snorting homosexual hedonist writer-director Pablo Quintero is bereft--because his boyfriend Juan has just moved out. Pablo meets Antonio at a party, and they share a few passionate nights, but Antonio soon proves far too clingy for Pablo's taste. All hell breaks loose when Antonio comes across a sad, yearning love note from Juan, which ignites in Antonio a bonfire of jealous possessiveness...."

Libertador = The Liberator
"Bookended by a foiled attempt on Simon Bolivar's life in Bogota in 1828, the film charts the story of the revolutionary leader's impassioned fight for independence from Spain and creation of a united South American nation, the great stories of love and loss in his life, the political intrigue and drama following his ascension to power and his mysterious death."

Lion's Den
"Julia gives birth to a son after she is sent to the penitentiary for the murder of her lover. Fellow inmate Marta becomes her ally, while her mother Sofia is her opponent. As Marta attempts to teach Julia how to be a mother in the least appropriate place, her mother attempts to gain custody so the child can grow up outside of prison. The duel between Julia and her mother expresses the dilemma of what is better for the child, life with his mother in prison, or without her, but in freedom."

Liz en Septiembre = Liz in September
"A hardcore party girl and womanizer who is terminally ill is dared by her friends to seduce a deeply wounded young woman by the death of her recent young son."

Lupe bajo el Sol = Lupe under the Sun
"Long estranged from his family in Michoacán, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California's Central Valley through beer-drenched camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Soon the stability of his daily routine begins to crack under the weight of a life scarred with regret and missed opportunities."