Spanish movies have their own style. Surrealistic images, a separate sense of humor and a good dose of sex are popular ingredients. In addition, the Spanish horror film has begun internationally in recent years. What are the top 10 movies from Spain?
10. El Orfanato
The debut film by director Bayona is a real horror movie in a new Spanish style. The usual screaming effects are omitted and the emphasis is placed on atmosphere. The story is about a woman returning to the orphanage where she grew up. She wants to re-use the building for disabled children. Her adopted son says he has come to know a masked friend in the orphanage. It’s the beginning of a mysterious adventure.
9. Balada sad the trumpet
Álex de la Iglesia has been the enfant terrible of Spanish movies for years. He made a name with a typical mix of horror and comedy.
8. Mar Adentro
Alejandro Amenábar has grown into a very versatile director who can withstand different genres. Mar Adentro is about the true story of Ramón Sampredo who is paralyzed by a wrong dive from the neck.For 29 years he will fight for the right to end his life. That’s a struggle that many people in his immediate area are having trouble with. Javier Bardem impressed Ramón and the film was overcharged with prices.
7. Cría Cuervos
Carlos Carlos is often famous for his so-called Flamenco trilogy of the eighties. For that he made the extremely mysterious Cría Cuervos (1976). The eight-year-old Ana hears one day an unknown woman in bed tells her father that she loves him. Shortly thereafter, her authoritarian father died of a heart attack. Soon, dream and reality begin to flow, and Ana not only visits her early deceased mother but also her future self.
6. Mujeres already should be the un ataque de nervios
Pedro Almodóvar is now a lucky movie that has received two Oscars. After an experimental period of provocations, Almodóvar broke out in 1988, with the original Mujeres already bearing the un ataque de nervios. The beautifully designed film follows the strange adventures of television actress Pepa Marcos who tries to process her just-term relationship. The young Antonio Banderas, regular actor in Alomodóvar’s first films, would also play a curious role here.
5. La Isla Minima
The moody police thriller La Isla Minima (2014) is one of the most successful Spanish films of recent years. Two opposing detectives were sent to the Andalusian countryside in 1980 to investigate mysterious murders on girls. Despite mutual distrust, she knows how to bite into the matter. Alberto Rodríguez knows perfectly to call up a time image. At the same time, he cleverly avoids all clichés from American police films.
4. Jamón Jamón
Bigas Luna not only introduced himself to this comedy on the map, but also Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem starred at once. In Jamón Jamón, the beautiful Silvia (Cruz) gets pregnant from her friend José. Against her expectation, he asks her to marry her enthusiastically. His mother does not see this plan and asks for the underwear model Raúl (Bardem) to seduce Silvia and thus wreck the marriage.Problem is that she herself likes Raúl. Luna made an erotic comedy with Jamón Jamón, with which he criticized the emerging vulgarity of Spain in a sardonic way.
Luis Buñuel was a very influential surrealist film who lived under the dictatorship of Franco abroad. In 1961 Buñuel was given the opportunity to make a film again in Spain. The beautiful Viridiana is going to join a monastery soon but a last visit to her family throws soda into the food. The film received the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. However, the scene in which the Apostles were replaced by baldad swords during the Last Supper, the Spanish authorities shot in the wrong throat. Provocateur Buñuel had fled Spain for a long time and the film was no longer displayed until after Franco’s death.
2. La Ardilla Roja
Julio Médem’s second film is a fascinating love story with surrealistic touches. The failed musician Jota is about to drown when a woman gets a car accident. Jota accompanies her to the hospital. There he finds that she has lost her memory. Jota plays like she is Lisa’s girlfriend and when they are fired from the hospital, they decide to go camping. At the campsite everything seems cozy, but someone from Lisa’s past is behind them. And did she not remember her memory?
1. El Espíritu de la Colmena
Víctor Erice’s debut film was not appreciated in 1973. Only after rediscovered by American film critics, the film got real recognition. Meanwhile, it is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish film, with subtle symbolism being criticized during the years after the civil war. At the same time, El Espíritu de la Colmena is a dreamlike film about a six-year-old Ana who is fascinated by Frankenstein’s monster. Her fantasy world is sometimes disturbed, for example by a wounded soldier hiding in her secret hut. When the soldier is killed, Ana walks into the forest where she finds a poisonous mushroom. Her father warned about it. Will she taste it?
TOP 10 BEST SPANISH MOVIES