Love is the greatest thing in the world, until it isn’t. Maybe your husband leaves for cigarettes and never comes back, maybe you wake up to find your lover mysteriously dead in a hotel room. If you’ve been in either of these situations, or even if you haven’t, you’ll be able to relate to these Spanish-language films about love while you practice your Spanish skills. Once you’ve commiserated, be sure to sign up for our next session of Spanish classes starting in January–you can even give a class as a gift!

 

Elvira I Will Give You My Life But I’m Using It (Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando)

Manolo Caro (2014, Mexico), Netflix

In this dark comedy, a middle-aged husband goes out for cigarettes and never comes back. His wife, mother of his two children, sets about following the clues to find out what happened and track him down. The answer to the mystery reveals not just the truth about her husband, but also about Mexican society today.

 

Amar

Esteban Crespo (2017, Spain), Netflix

Ah, first love! The passion, the heartbreak, the motorcycle rides. Re-live it all in this Spanish drama about a (beautiful, young) couple in a (beautiful, old) city whose passion brings them together but also threatens to tear them apart. For fans of Gaspar Noe’s Love and Blue is the Warmest Color.

 

The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)

Oriol Paulo (2016, Spain), Netflix

A sexy, successful businessman who has it all wakes up in a hotel to find his lover dead beside him. He has no recollection of what happened, but he is the prime suspect. With the help of his lawyer, he is in a race against time to find the real killer before it is too late.