Posted by Alexandra Ekstein-Kon @AlexiKon
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Alexandra Ekstein-Kon

Alright gente, I have trawled the depths of the so-called International section of Netflix to bring you the crema de la crema of Spanish language movies. Whether Spanish is your native language and you just want to sit back and watch a great film in your mother tongue, or you're trying to improve your language skills — or you just want to watch a damn good movie — here is a great place to start.

1. XXY

Inés Efron and Ricardo Darín star in 'XXY'
Inés Efron and Ricardo Darín star in 'XXY'

Country: Argentina

Genre: Drama

Plot: XXY tells the story of Alex Kraken, and intersex 15-year-old who decides to stop taking the medication that suppresses her masculine side after the family moves to Uruguay. It's a unique and masterful coming of age story starring Inés Efron as Alex, and top notch Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes) as Alex's father. The film was shown to rave reviews at festivals worldwide, including Cannes, so it's definitely one to put on the list!

IMDb Score: 7.2/10

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2. Para Elisa (For Elisa)

Country: Spain

Genre: Horror

Plot: Ana, a college student trying to save up money for a post-graduation trip, accepts a job as a caretaker for the mentally unstable daughter of a piano player, but when she is trapped in the house, she becomes Elisa's new play thing. Terror ensues.

IMDb Score: 4.2/10

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3. La Princesa De Francia (The Princess Of France)

Country: Argentina

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Plot: Victor returns to Buenos Aires a year after the death of his father in Mexico with the intent of starting a new theater project involving five women he was romantically involved with. How will this all play out?

IMDb Score: 5.8/10

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4. Palmeras En La Nieve (Palm Trees In The Snow)

Country: Spain

Genre: Drama, Romance

Plot: In 1954, Killian leaves the mountains where he grew up in northern Spain to oversee the family cocoa plantation on the island where he was born, Fernando Poó (now Bioko), while becoming increasingly more connected with the local population.

IMDb Score: 7.3/10

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5. Tengo Ganas De Ti (I Want You)

Country: Spain

Genre: Drama, Romance

Plot: Anyone who loved the steamy Three Meters Above The Sky will want to catch its sequel, Tengo Ganas de Ti, which sees H. return to his hometown to reconnect with his past and find new love.

IMDb Score: 7.0/10

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6. Aquí Entre Nos (Between Us)

Country: Mexico

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Plot: Aquí Entre Nos is the story Rodolfo Guerra and his over-the-top midlife crisis. Rodolfo wakes up one day and decides to break his routine, upending his relationship dynamic with his wife and his three daughters.

IMDb Score: 6.7/10

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7. La Dictadura Perfecta (The Perfect Dictatorship)

Country: Mexico

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Plot: This truth-spouting satire provides a scathing criticism of the Mexican political class and the country's struggle to overcome corruption. The plot of this comedy centers on two reporters in charge of cleaning up an outrageously corrupt governor's reputation. Not sure whether to laugh or cry? Me neither.

IMDb Score: 7.3/10

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8. El Bosque De Karadima (The Forest Of Karadima)

Country: Chile

Genre: Drama

Plot: This hard-hitting true story centers on a young man named Thomas Leyton and other victims as they seek justice after surviving sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of Fernando Karadima, a Catholic priest who had been widely considered a living saint.

IMDb Score: 7.1/10

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9. Whisky Romeo Zulu

Country: Argentina

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Plot: On August 31, 1999, an LAPA Boeing 737 plane crashed in Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Whisky Romeo Zulu is the award-winning story of the events leading up to this tragedy.

IMDb Score: 7.6/10

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10. La Niña De Fuego (Magical Girl)

Country: Spain

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Plot: The father of a terminally ill 12-year-old girl goes on a mission to fulfill her last wish (to have the official costume from the Japanese anime series Magical Girl). On the way he gets involved in blackmail schemes and meets two characters, a retired professor and a psychologically disturbed girl in the process.

IMDb Score: 7.2/10

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11. 18 Cigarrillos Y Medio (18 And A Half Cigarettes)

Country: Paraguay

Genre: Drama

Plot: The story occurs over the course of one day, the time it takes our main character, Ezequiel, to smoke a pack of cigarettes. Ezequiel is about to turn 22 and throughout the day both he and his friends go through the crisis of trying to understand what they really want in life.

IMDb Score: 7.2/10

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12. También La Lluvia (Even The Rain)

Country: Spain

Genre: Drama

Plot: As a director (played by Gael García Bernal) and his crew try to shoot a film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, they become involved in the hardships of the local population as they battle the imminent privatization of water.

IMDb Score: 7.5/10

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13. El Libertador (The Liberator)

Country: Venezuela

Genre: Historical Drama

Plot: El Libertador tells the story of Simón Bolívar, the man widely heralded as one of the main heroes of the liberation movement to free South America from Spanish colonial control in the early 19th century. Check it out!

IMDb Score: 7.0/10

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14. Vivir Es Fácil Con Los Ojos Cerrados (Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed)

Country: Spain

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Plot: The film takes place in 1966 and features a quirky mega Beatles fan, English teacher Antonio, whose is intent on meeting John Lennon while he's shooting a film in Almería, Spain. As he voyages to Almería, he picks up two young hitchhikers — a young, pregnant girl, and a runaway teenage boy — and an unlikely friendship blossoms as they journey together to try and make his wish come true.

IMDb Score: 7.0/10

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15. Norteado (Northless)

Country: Mexico

Genre: Drama

Plot: While Andrés attempts to cross the border into the US — where his wife and children already are staying — he finds work in Tijuana, discovering more about the city and its inhabitants, and even more about himself.

IMDb Score: 6.9/10

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16. La Ventana (The Window)

Country: Argentina

Genre: Drama

Plot: La Ventana tells the story of a dying father, Antonio, who wishes to see his estranged son — now a famed concert pianist — one last time. In anticipation of his arrival, Antonio and his caretakers set about preparing his house, with Antonio setting out to wander the beautiful Patagonian grounds just outside. Bring tissues!

IMDb Score: 6.8/10

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Have you seen any of these movies yet? Which one's your favorite?