19-South American Films

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1.
The Headless Woman (2008)
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After running into something with her car, Vero experiences a particular psychological state. She realizes she might have killed someone. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
2.
The Holy Girl (2004)
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16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul a middle-aged doctor. (106 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
3.
La Ciénaga (2001)
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The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina. (103 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
 
4.
The Maid (2009)
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A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. (95 mins.)
 
5.
Tony Manero (2008)
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A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever. (97 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
6.
Karen Cries on the Bus (2011)
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Karen discovers, after 10 years of marriage, she has left behind her dreams devoting herself to home... (98 mins.)
 
7.
Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
8.
Babel (2006)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families. (143 mins.)
 
9.
21 Grams (2003)
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A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con. (124 mins.)
 
10.
Biutiful (2010)
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This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. (148 mins.)
 
11.
Behind the Sun (2001)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
12.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
13.
Linha de Passe (2008)
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. (113 mins.)
 
14.
Battle in Heaven (2005)
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A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies... (98 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas
 
15.
Bog of Beasts (2006)
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A man falls in love with a teenage girl, who is exploited by her own grandfather, who sometimes takes her to a gas station to show her naked to whomever pays him some money. (80 mins.)
Director: Cláudio Assis
 
16.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
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Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
 
17.
The Burning Plain (2008)
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A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. (107 mins.)
 
18.
Pixote (1981)
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
19.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual... (120 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
20.
Lower City (2005)
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Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered. (98 mins.)
Director: Sérgio Machado
 
21.
Lion's Den (2008)
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An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison. (113 mins.)
Director: Pablo Trapero
 
22.
The Fish Child (2009)
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A desperate love story between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime. (96 mins.)
Director: Lucía Puenzo
 
23.
XXY (2007)
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The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucía Puenzo
 
24.
The Whore and the Whale (2004)
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A Spanish writer finds an old coffer with photographs of an Argentine man who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War... (120 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
 
25.
Dot the I (2003)
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Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. (92 mins.)
 
26.
The Crime of Father Amaro (2002)
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Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town. (118 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
27.
Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
28.
The Orphanage (2007)
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
29.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
30.
Blindness (2008)
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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness. (121 mins.)
 
31.
Los bastardos (2008)
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A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task... (90 mins.)
Director: Amat Escalante
 
32.
Dog Eat Dog (2008)
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In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentence. (106 mins.)
Director: Carlos Moreno
 
33.
Love, Pain and Vice Versa (2008)
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A pair of strangers become subconsciously connected after their recurring dreams turn into reality. (85 mins.)
 
34.
Paraiso Travel (2008)
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Love drives two young lovers from Medellin, Colombia to seek fortune in New York City, only to find a harsh reality that will put to test their true love for one another. (110 mins.)
Director: Simon Brand
 
35.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
36.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
37.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
38.
El mural (2010)
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While in Argentina, renowned Mexican muralist David Siqueiros paints the mural "Ejercicio plástico"... (110 mins.)
Director: Héctor Olivera
 
39.
Lake Tahoe (2008)
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A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town. (89 mins.)
 
40.
Machuca (2004)
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Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile. (116 mins.)
Director: Andrés Wood
 
41.
The Wind Journeys (2009)
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A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher. (117 mins.)
Director: Ciro Guerra
 
42.
Leap Year (2010)
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Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rowe
 
43.
Silent Light (2007)
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In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman. (145 mins.)
Director: Carlos Reygadas