As summer comes to a close, why not brush up on your Spanish the fun way, by watching one of these great Spanish-language movies about family currently streaming online? And don’t forget to sign up for our next round of Spanish classes, starting in September. Hasta entonces!

 

Tortilla Soup

Maria Ripoll (2002, USA), Amazon

This great feel-good movie tells the story of a family in transition. Family patriarch Martin is a successful restauranteur but has lost his sense of taste since the death of his beloved wife. His three adult daughters, ambitious Carmen, uptight Leticia, and free spirit Maribel are all at transitions in their life as they grapple with how to be independent while respecting their traditional Mexican-American father and their second-generation immigrant identity. A funny and heartwarming bilingual movie that *also* features Raquel Welch playing an aging gringo seductress.

 

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)

Asghar Farhadi (2018, Spain), Netflix

Real-life couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this thriller from the director of A Separation. Laura, a virtual exile from her home village in Spain, returns from Argentina with her adolescent daughter for a wedding. When her daughter disappears, secrets and lies that have been under the surface for decades come out.

 

In Family I Trust (Gente que viene y bah)

Patricia Font (2019, Spain), Netflix

A fun rom-com set in Spain. Bea is on the cusp of the perfect life when her handsome architect boyfriend proposes. However, when she catches him cheating in dramatic fashion, she returns to her hometown and tries to rebuild her life, starting with her troubled family relationships. Of course, there’s a new romance on the horizon with a hometown guy who has a past of his own…