Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three movies to begin


I'm beginning today to give you some ideas of very different movies you can enjoy.

Let's say the obvious. This is my blog, so I write about movies that I especially like for a variety of reasons.
As you will see, many movies were done as coproductions.


From Uruguay:
The Pope's Toilet/El Bano del Papa
Cesar Charlone and Enrique Fernandez
Uruguay/Brazil/France, 2007; 90 minutes.

Melo is an Uruguayan town close to the border with Brazil. The inhabitants of this town are quite poor but they have the dignity to keep up with life and its struggles. In this comedy Beto is an optimist who makes a living smuggling goods among the two towns on his bicycle.
Pope John Paul II plans to visit the town in 1988 and the residents begin to plan how to take advantage of the historic event to sell their products. But Beto has by far...the most original idea. Do you want to know more? Watch the movie.

From Puerto Rico:
What happened to Santiago/Lo que le paso a Santiago
Jacobo Morales, Puerto Rico, 1989; 105 minutos

Santiago Rodriguez is a widower who feels depressed after he is forced to retire. He meets a younger woman who helps him get rid of his melancholy...but who doesn't want to talk about her own past.

It is a very important movie in Puerto Rican Cinema history because of its broad success at home and abroad. It was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

From Argentina:
Anahi Berneri, Argentina, 2007; 2003

Many Argentinians will recognize actress Silvia Perez, a former model and Beauty Queen, as the protagonist of Encarnacion. In this movie Perez portrays (mirroring reality) the difficulties that a former star faces when her looks fade and her body changes. Any woman can relate to her vulnerability.

Winner of the Innovation Award at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Please give me feedback, suggestions, comments.



  1. I think this posting is most helpful. I will
    check Netflix to see if they have some of the movies mentioned. I love international films, and am sure I would enjoy those from Latin America as well.

    Susan (Suzie-jean)

  2. I really enjoyed reading about your passion for Latin American cinema. Thank you for your work with this and I look forward to learning about all the many films available, from the perspective of one who obviously enjoys delving in the genre.
    Rebecca Salazar

  3. As always, your blog is very informative and
    great reading. Your strong interest in the
    Latino films is a great contribution as it
    provides information very few people outside
    of the Latin American/Middle American communities know. Thank you for investigating and sharing.

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