Afterword - South American favorites

by john-1-220828 | 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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1. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 21,425 | Gross: $2.34M

2. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 45,662 | Gross: $1.22M

3. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 172,373 | Gross: $6.39M

4. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,309 | Gross: $0.55M

5. Whisky (2004)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll | Stars: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, José Pedro Bujaruz

Votes: 4,533

6. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 32,674 | Gross: $6.52M

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 »

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, André Mélançon

Votes: 3,129

8. The Headless Woman (2008)

Unrated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron, César Bordón

Votes: 3,936 | Gross: $0.10M

9. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 91,488 | Gross: $16.76M

10. Son of the Bride (2001)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

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 »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 13,691 | Gross: $0.62M

11. Carlota Joaquina, Princesa do Brazil (1995)

100 min | Comedy, History

A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Marieta Severo, Antonio Abujamra, Thales Pan Chacon, Ludmila Dayer

Votes: 1,135

12. God Is Brazilian (2003)

110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

God is getting tired. So he looks for a saint to take his place for a while.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Wagner Moura, Paloma Duarte, Bruce Gomlevsky

Votes: 2,134

13. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A Cuban man cycles through his repressed opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family retreats to Miami.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés

Votes: 3,155 | Gross: $0.03M

14. La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 4,646 | Gross: $0.10M

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.

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe, Hugo Arana

Votes: 6,731 | 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.

Director: Víctor Gaviria | Stars: Ramiro Meneses, Carlos Mario Restrepo, Jackson Idrian Gallego, Vilma Díaz

Votes: 686

17. Intimate Stories (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Carlos Sorin | Stars: Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedicti, Javiera Bravo, Julia Solomonoff

Votes: 4,667 | 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 »

Director: Víctor Gaviria | Stars: Leidy María 'Lady' Tabares, Marta Correa, Mileider Gil, Diana Murillo

Votes: 1,539

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 »

Director: Sergio Cabrera | Stars: Fausto Cabrera, Frank Ramírez, Delfina Guido, Vicky Hernández

Votes: 1,976

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.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 4,926 | 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.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 1,036

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 »

Director: Román Chalbaud | Stars: Hilda Vera, Miguel Ángel Landa, Orlando Urdaneta, Haydée Balza

Votes: 177

23. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 10,191

24. The Milk of Sorrow (2009)

94 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

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 »

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís, Bárbara Lazón

Votes: 6,265 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Limite (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 1,526

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 »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz

Votes: 450

27. Alice's House (2007)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

67 Metascore

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 »

Director: Chico Teixeira | Stars: Carla Ribas, Berta Zemel, Vinicius Zinn, Ricardo Vilaça

Votes: 580 | 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 »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Cecilia Roth, Héctor Alterio, Fernanda Mistral

Votes: 3,064

29. La señal (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During the last days of Eva Peron, a pair of low-ranking detectives are thrust into a case of corruption involving the Mafia.

Directors: Ricardo Darín, Martin Hodara | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Diego Peretti, Julieta Díaz, Andrea Pietra

Votes: 990

30. El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cuenta la historia de Jorge Pellegrini y Laura Ramallo a lo largo de casi dos décadas. Comienza en 1980 y termina en nuestros días. Cuenta le romance inicial, los posteriores desencuentros,... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Ulises Dumont, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 2,861

31. The Aura (2005)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Manuel Rodal, Dolores Fonzi, Pablo Cedrón

Votes: 12,457 | Gross: $0.06M

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.

Director: Eduardo Milewicz | Stars: Soledad Villamil, Inés Estévez, Jorge Perugorría, Federico Olivera

Votes: 218

33. Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (1999)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Angie Cepeda, Salvador del Solar, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem

Votes: 2,203

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 »

Director: Alvaro Velarde | Stars: Celine Aguirre, Karine Aguirre, Marisol Aguirre, Anémone

Votes: 23

35. Moloch Tropical (2009 TV Movie)

107 min | Drama

A look at the final moments of a ruler in Haiti as a violent revolution erupts around him.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Zinedine Soualem, Sonia Rolland, Mireille Metellus, Nicole Dogué

Votes: 121

36. Piratas en el Callao (2005)

78 min | Animation

A young boy travels back to the 17th century to battle pirates off the coast of Peru.

Director: Eduardo Schuldt | Stars: Diego Bertie, Gianfranco Brero, Stephanie Cayo, Salvador del Solar

Votes: 125

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 »

Director: Gonzalo Benavente | Stars: Jesús Alzamora, Sergio Gjurinovic, Manuel Gold, Norma Martinez

Votes: 77

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.

Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza | Stars: Fernanda Urrejola, Matías Oviedo, Jorge Alís, Sofía García

Votes: 931

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.

Director: Patxi Amezcua | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Belén Rueda, Abel Dolz Doval, Charo Dolz Doval

Votes: 4,758

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.

Director: Inés María Barrionuevo | Stars: Melissa Romero, Santiago Luna, Florencia Decal, Guillermo Pfening

Votes: 60

43. The Cleaner (2012)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A forensic cleaner will become accountable for an 8-year-old orphan who has been left behind in the middle of an epidemic crisis in Lima.

Director: Adrián Saba | Stars: Milena Alva, Adrian du Bois, Carlos Gassols, Miguel Iza

Votes: 179

44. Cloudy Times (2014)

G | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

El tiempo nublado is a supremely personal film about a universal issue, we all have to face: What are we going to do with our parents, once they are old and ill?

Director: Arami Ullon

Votes: 22

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 »

Director: Matías Lucchesi | Stars: Paula Galinelli Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Sergio Boris

Votes: 274

46. Holiday (2014)

TV-G | 82 min | Drama

A drama set in turbulent, turn-of-the-millennium Ecuador and centered on a young man who begins to develop complicated feelings for Juano after he saves him from a beating.

Director: Diego Araujo | Stars: Juan Arregui, Elena Vargas, Cristina Morrison, Peki Andino

Votes: 309

47. La revolución de los alcatraces (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The personal journey and social awakening of Eufrosina, a young indigenous woman from Mexico, fighting against gender inequality as well as the seducing offering of political power.

Director: Luciana Kaplan

Votes: 13

48. Mr. Kaplan (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Héctor Noguera, Néstor Guzzini, Rolf Becker, Nidia Telles

Votes: 748