The Greatest Movies About Latin America

By | 15 February, 2021

Latin America differs a lot from other parts of the world. Of course, people there still enjoy regular things, such as playing at the PlayAmo Casino or having their sports idols. Yet, they have different traditions that make their life more unusual. Watch these movies to see how people live in Latin America.  

Diarios de Motocicleta, 2004

Eight countries were involved in making a film about Che Guevara, who appears here as an ordinary guy with his own thoughts and experiences. The film is based on the real events described in the book of memories of Ernesto Che Guevara and tells the story of his big motorcycle trip through South America with his friend, Alberto Granada, in 1952. 

Incidentally, the comadante’s octogenarian friend personally appears in one of the final scenes of the film, and his role in the film is played by a distant relative of Che Guevara. Fortunately, the filmmaker was not stopped by the difficult shooting in different parts of South America, and he made a wonderful film about the lives of ordinary Latin Americans, about finding and finding oneself. 

Casa de Areia, 2005

Three generations of women (mother, daughter and, niece) find themselves in a secluded place in northern Brazil and cannot return to civilization. Despite their disappointment, life goes on. Symbolically, the power of time is contrasted with the powerlessness of human faith.

One of the features of the film is the beautiful backdrop with the quiet, peaceful landscape and the desolate people living in the area. It is almost like a visual poem. Sand and water play a major role in the story and serve as a canvas for the characters’ lives.

Machuca, 2004 

The film is based on a true story from before the military coup in Chile. The principal of a religious school for the affluent residents of Santiago’s Vitacura neighborhood decided to allow children from poor families living nearby to attend classes on an equal footing with other students. 

The film’s director, Andres Wood, was a participant in these events. This is why everything we see is so realistic. The film tells the story of two boys of eleven years old who become friends despite the difference in their backgrounds. What’s more, all the action takes place against the backdrop of the growing protests and outrages in the country that have divided society. 

Pelo Malo, 2013

A 9-year-old boy from Caracas is concerned about the curl of his hair, and tries his best to straighten it, so he can look like a pop star in the annual school photo book. Meanwhile, his mother struggles to survive, facing the typical daily challenges of single mothers in Venezuela’s capital city. Low wages, gender discrimination, and a poor quality of life become obstacles that prevent her from fully playing her role as a supportive mother.

La Distancia Más Larga, 2014

The film tells the story of an almost chance encounter between two runaways from the same family in one of the most visually stunning regions of the world, the Gran Sabana. The acting of Spanish actress Carme Elias is one of the film’s most striking elements. She portrays a wide range of human emotions, from deadly uncertainty to joyful fullness of life. The film can be defined as a road movie, and the journey is presented by analogy with life itself, as a journey from one point to another.


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