Spanish Culture Movies

Thursday, March 24 by Jason Cuthbert

The European country of Spain has many popular destinations, like Barcelona and Madrid, and many incredible Spanish culture movies. The variety of Spain's colorful contributions to cinema mirror the vivid beauty of the country itself. Whether you speak Spanish or not, let these Spanish culture movies, available in subtitles, invite you into a world of excitement.

  1. "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" Pedro Almodóvar, a well-respected and highly acclaimed filmmaker from Spain, mixed drama, comedy, and Spanish culture to create this tale of lust gone wrong. The awkward situations commence after a woman tries to find out why her lover left her and finds out he is married-and confronts his wife. Known as "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" in Spanish, it was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
  2. "Volver" In English, the Spanish word "volver" means "to return," and that is exactly what the ghost of a deceased woman does to fix some unresolved issues. This supernatural Spanish culture comedy features the return to the director/actress team of Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz, who have collaborated four times as of 2011. This film also afforded Cruz the opportunity to become the very first Spanish actress to receive a Best Lead Actress nomination at the Academy Awards.
  3. "Talk to Her" Pedro Almodóvar again adds another emotional chapter to the culture of Spanish cinema with this story of two men caring for their girlfriends who are both in a coma. In 2002, the French movie magazine  "Les Cahiers du cinéma" picked "Talk to Her" as being among the ten best films of the year. Almodóvar earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well.
  4. "Jamón, jamón" The acting pair of Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem share their Spanish culture, a marriage in 2010, and roles in this romantic "dramedy." Cruz plays the girlfriend of a man whose mother doesn't want her marrying her son. His mother goes to the extent of hiring Raul, played by Bardem, to seduce Cruz away from her son.
  5. "The Sea Inside" Javier Bardem starred in this biographic drama playing a fellow Spanish countryman, Ramón Sampedro, who fought for 30 years for the right to end his own life through euthanasia. There are two key female relationships that this Spanish culture film explores: a lawyer who agrees with his plight, and a woman who tries to see why life is worth living. The Spanish title for this movie is "Mar adentro."