Afterword - South American favoritesby JohnFarrowKarrtorp | created - 06 Mar 2014 | updated - 24 Sep 2015 | Public
Favourite films from South America chosen by contributors to the Afterword blogsite
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2. Nine Queens (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").
Votes: 49,260 | Gross: $1.22M
3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Votes: 190,450 | Gross: $6.39M
5. Whisky (2004)
94 min | Comedy, Drama
When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with ... See full summary »
7. The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)
R | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »
8. The Headless Woman (2008)
Unrated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.
Votes: 4,564 | Gross: $0.10M
9. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Votes: 96,000 | Gross: $16.76M
10. Son of the Bride (2001)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »
Votes: 14,677 | Gross: $0.62M
13. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A Cuban man cycles through his opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family moves to Miami.
Votes: 3,667 | Gross: $0.03M
15. The Official Story (1985)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, History, War
During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Votes: 8,148 | Gross: $0.03M
16. Rodrigo D: No futuro (1990)
93 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Rodrigo and his friends are bored teenagers living in Medellin. Rodrigo wants to start a punk band. The youths mainly loaf around the hillside shanty towns and, for kicks, steal a bike or car, or shoot someone.
17. Intimate Stories (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.
Votes: 4,876 | Gross: $0.10M
18. The Rose Seller (1998)
116 min | Drama
13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house after her mother ... See full summary »
19. La estrategia del caracol (1993)
116 min | Comedy, Drama
A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But ... See full summary »
20. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.
Votes: 5,285 | Gross: $2.08M
21. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)
Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary
The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.
22. The Smoking Fish (1977)
120 min | Comedy, Drama
A handsome young man is released from jail and goes to "El Pez Que Fuma", a bordello in the outskirts of Caracas. La Garza, its middle-aged owner, hires the young man as handy man, but soon... See full summary »
23. Machuca (2004)
Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.
24. The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
94 min | Drama, Music
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,608 | Gross: $0.01M
26. Rio, 40 Degrees (1955)
100 min | Drama
A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »
27. Alice's House (2007)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama
Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children, the eldest of whom is doing his military service, and a mother who works as a maid in ... See full summary »
Votes: 606 | Gross: $0.06M
28. Kamchatka (2002)
106 min | Drama
The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry (Matías del Pozo), who does not know that Argentina's 1976 coup d'état is impacting his life. After witnessing the "... See full summary »
30. El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The fascinating love story between Jorge and Laura from 1980 to 1999, within a context in which Argentine politics and history transits between the dictatorship, the Falklands war and the nascent democracy.
32. Life According to Muriel (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama
Muriel and her mother leave their home for good and a freak occurrence leaves them stranded in the country. They beg a woman to let them stay and a shaky friendship develops between the two families.
33. Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (1999)
R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama
The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts.
34. Como Quien No Quiere La Cosa (2013)
79 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
The evil doings of a bitter woman, who lives in a lighthouse, against her childhood sweetheart, who had longtime forgotten her and now runs a hotel by the beach, is the excuse for ... See full summary »
37. Rock and Roll '68 (2013)
98 min | Comedy
It is 1968 and Guille and Bobby, two friends who live in La Punta, Callao, enjoy the beach in their last summer before starting college and start their adult lives. Manolo is a teenager who... See full summary »
39. Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman (2012)
Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Timid, video game-loving DJ Santiago seemingly digs his own grave when he agrees to bring a violent criminal kingpin the head of Machine Gun Woman.
41. 7th Floor (2013)
R | 88 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A father gets into a desperate search to find his children who disappeared while going down stairs from their apartment in the seventh floor.
42. Atlántida (2014)
88 min | Drama
In the summer of 1987 in a town in Córdoba, two teenage sisters, Elena and Lucia, are alone at home. The youngest is upset with her older sister, who thinks about how to get out of that town, to study and to live differently.
45. Ciencias naturales (2014)
R | 70 min | Drama
In a rural school in the middle of the mountains, a girl who is starting to become a woman feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she... See full summary »
46. Holiday (2014)
TV-G | 82 min | Drama