Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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El laberinto del fauno (original title) Summary:  The young, imaginative Ofelia is forced to live within the Spanish woods amongst Falangist Captain Vidal and his troops, who are hunting out Republican rebels fighting against their regime.  Her pregnant mother is … Continue reading

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

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El espinazo del diablo (original title) Summary:  In the thick of the Spanish Civil War, the son of a fallen Republican hero, Carlos (Fernando Tielve), is left at a small orphanage in a remote location far from any town, village or civilisation.  He quickly meets … Continue reading

All About My Mother (1999)

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Todo sobre mi madre (original title) Summary:  Manuela (Cecilia Roth), a hard-working single mum, takes her son, Esteban, to a play on his 17th birthday.  He aspires to be a great writer but is tragically run down and killed after … Continue reading

Biutiful (2010)

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Summary:  A single-father named Uxbal (Javier Bardem) takes care of his two children as he is separated from their mother, Marambra (Maricel Álvarez), because of her reckless ways.  She suffers from alcoholism and bipolar disorder and is too irresponsible in … Continue reading

Bad Education (2004)

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La Mala Educación (original title) Summary:  Two childhood friends, Enrique and Ignacio, attended and grew up together in a Catholic boarding school.  Whilst forming their friendship and discovering movies, physical desire – what it is and how it will affect … Continue reading