If you’ve ever studied a Romance language, you probably got told early on that this language group is not so-called because it is “romantic” but because the language group derives from the language spoken by the Roman Empire. We are here to tell you…..that this is a lie! This Valentine’s Day, admit what we all know–Romance languages are romantic!–and watch one of our selected Romance-language romance films with your Valentine.
Here’s our selection of Spanish-language romantic films streaming now. You can also check out our Italian and French suggestions. And, don’t forget to sign up for our new round of Spanish classes beginning in March!
Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos)
Pedro Almodóvar (2009, France), Amazon
One of my personal favorite films by Almodóvar, this romance stars–naturally–Penélope Cruz. She longs to escape her life of office drudgery and light prostitution and become a movie star, but when she gets the opportunity, there are strings attached. She must hide her love for a man of her own age, and submit to the ever-more smothering demands of her elderly boss/financier/sugar daddy. Because it’s Almodóvar, of course there are melodramatic twists, side plots that all come together in the end, and, of course, fabulously loud early 90s fashion.
I, The Worst of All (Yo, la peor de todas)
María Luisa Bemberg (1995, Mexico), Kanopy
A lush period piece set in seventeenth-century Mexico about forbidden lesbian love. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz is a nun from Spain who is living in a convent in Mexico. When she meets the wife of the local viceroy, she falls passionately in love and begins writing love poems that will result in both her earthly downfall and fame beyond her death.
Matías Piñeiro (2013, Argentina), Kanopy
This romantic comedy from Argentina tells the story of what happens when a group of young people in Buenos Aires put on a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. As love and romance blossom backstage, life imitates art.