If you love binge-watching and you love Latino films, have a look at our list of the best Latin American movies on Netflix.
Latin America produces great stories both in books and movies. If you are more of a viewer than a reader, you should have a look at this special selection of titles that cannot be missed. The order is totally random:
1. Roma by Alfonso Cuarón (México)
Roma is the most acclaimed Latin American movie of recent years and the most acclaimed one that’s been originally produced by Netflix. The praise given to the film was universal, and the Academy sealed its fame with several Oscar awards. Thanks to its popularity, if you search “Roma” in Google, your first results won’t show the capital city of Italy.
Who would say that the story of an indigenous maid would become so popular? However, such a summary is highly unfair. The movie portrays in a powerful way a “normal life” lived in violent times. Heartbreaking personal and national stories. Plus perfect acting, highly aesthetic black and white cinematography, and a hypnotizing mood.
If you loved the movie, and for sure you did, watch the Netflix documentary Road to Roma. You will be delighted with a deeper insight into Cuarón’s vision, and you will probably want to watch the movie all over again.
2. The Perfect Dictatorship by Luis Estrada (Mexico)
This Mexican comedy will also let you learn Mexican history but in a much lighter way. So, if you have no idea about what’s the PRI, Televisa, or Enrique Peña Nieto, it’s a perfect way to learn a little bit about how things work in this beautiful country.
The movie can also be enjoyed if you don’t care about real political references. Absurdism in politics is kind of universal, and the movie will make you laugh no matter where you come from.
3. My Masterpiece by Gastón Duprat (Argentina)
Do you love movies with a twist? This Argentinian dramedy will get your complete attention for almost two hours. Which artists are the most popular? Yes, you’re right, the dead ones! The movie is about two friends, a painter, and an art dealer. The art dealer tries to revive his pal’s career… and you can probably imagine the rest.
Get your popcorn ready beforehand and be sure not to miss the opening scene. This is a fun movie that stays away from ordinary storylines.
4. A Twelve-Year Night by Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay)
A Twelve-Year Night is a biographical drama that depicts the 12 years of imprisonment of José Mujica, a future Uruguayan president. The movie was selected as the Uruguayan candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, but it did not end up being nominated.
Nonetheless, the movie is an obligatory watch for fans of Latin American cinema. The images alternate between brutal and poetic, and the characters will stay with you long after the movie ends. Then, if you remember that these are real people’s stories, you will feel even more impressed.
5. No One Will Ever Know by Jesús Torres Torres (Mexico)
Lucia, her husband Rigo, and her son Braulio live in rural Mexico. To make a long story short, Lucia and Braulio are not happy. However, the only way for them to escape is in their own minds.
The movie is far from typical and keeps shifting between real and imaginary worlds. The contrast is emphasized with colors. Surprisingly, the reality gets the colors, and the oneiric fantasies are filmed in black and white. Watch it to know why.
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