April 13, 2020. We bought a Smart TV the weekend before the lockdown. That’s how we have been keeping our sanity at bay — Netflix after breakfast, Netflix during lunch, Netflix in the afternoon siesta, and Nextflix until everyone retreats to their sleeping quarters.
When we ran out of series to binge on, we resorted to movie marathons. Spain not only did great TV series, they made amazing movies too.
Unfortunately, my flatmates prefer watching the Spanish movies in English dubs. They’re mising the chic cuss words and curses in European Spanish.
Joder! Mierda! Hijo de puta!
Before we end up hating each other, here are some of the Spanish Netflix movies we’ve seen so far. Be sure to come back later for updates, this lockdown does not seem to be going away soon. Though we really hope it does ora mismo!
Mirage (Durante la tormenta)
A boy and a woman found a way to bridge time and everything else is a spoiler. So let’s leave it at that. Here’s one lame detail to hook you in — Alvaro Morte (The Professor, La Casa de Papel) stars in it, but not one of the leads. You must see this!
Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City (El silencio de la ciudad blanca)
A serial killer on the loose murders the victims in pairs. Run for your life if you’re aged 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40. Though not really, the killer just doesn’t pick the victim with age and gender. Give the killer more credit.
The Platforn (El hoyo)
A film about social class but really about greed. A platform descends floor by floor, allowing two inmates on each stop to eat as much as they want leaving as little, if any at all, to people below their level.
Not really a Spanish movie but some of the characters speak Spanish. Also Charlie Hunnam (Papillon, Papillon) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron, Star Wars VII-IX) star on it. And the characters will make you speak your recently acquired Spanish cuss words for all their stupid decisions. Tonto del culo!
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
A young businessman seeks the help of a prominent lawyer to figure a way out of a murder case. As the story unfolds, you think you have an idea of what’s going on until you don’t. And then you have another theory but the movie proves you wrong. And just when you’re finally about to solve the mystery, the movie fucks you up with an insanely unpredictable ending.
It took me a whole ten minutes staring at the end credits to regain control of my senses thinking what just transpired.
Unfortunately, English audio is not available so I had to watch it alone when everyone else retired to their sleeping quarters.