Multilingual Movies

Following with the tips of movies, after recommending movies in Spanish (Part 1 and Part 2), and movies in French (Part 1 and Part 2), I will recommend films in multiples languages; each film has dialogues in at least three different languages.

The first three movies I will recommend are practically an extension of the first post about French films, as one of the protagonists is Audrey Tatou.

L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)

Languages: French, English and Spanish + few phrases in Catalan.

One of my favorite movies, L’Auberge Espagnole tells the story of Xavier (Romain Duris) who goes to Barcelona to finish his studies in economics, with the goal of getting a job in the French government. In the city, he stays at an apartment for young students who are not from Barcelona. There, Xavier finally discovers the taste of freedom and the experience will change his destiny forever.

Russian Dolls – Les Poupées russes

Languages: French, English, Russian + few words in Spanish

Russian Dolls is a continuation of the movie L’Auberge Espagnole. Five years pass between a movie and another, and in the second Xavier (Romain Duris) is already 30 years and work as a freelance writer and gets a job as a soap opera’s writer. To help him finish the job he will need an English partner and he ends up choosing Wendy (Kelly Reilly). Meanwhile, William (Kevin Bishop), Wendy’s brother is getting married in Russia.

Chinese Puzzle – Casse-tête chinois

Languages: French, English, Chinese + half a dozen speeches in Spanish and Yiddish

This is the last film about Xavier (Romain Duris); he is already 40 years old and ended up divorcing. With the change of Wendy (Kelly Reilly) to New York, he also goes to the city to stay close to his children. Struggling to stay in the country, Xavier will need to find an apartment, a job and a wife to stay in New York.

Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël

Languages: French, German and Scottish English

The film is based on reports from soldiers on Christmas’ 1914, when soldiers of different nationalities fraternized during war. Nominated for an Oscar, the movie shows how even in times of stress, enemies can fraternize and comfort each other.


Languages: English, Spanish, Berber, Japanese and sign language (Japan)

Babel is one of those films with various nuclei of independent characters who are somehow related. The first nucleus portrays tourists traveling by bus in a mountainous region of Morocco; a shot is fired towards the bus where they are and hits Susan (Cate Blanchett) who is traveling with her husband Richard (Brad Pitt). In the middle of the mountains are the brothers Ahmed (Said Tarchani) and Youssef (Boubker At El Caid) manipulating a rifle. At the same time, in the United States the nanny Amelia (Adriana Barraza) takes the kids she is taking care to a wedding in Mexico. Meanwhile, in Japan a widower tries to take care of his teenage daughter (Rinko Kinkuchi) who is deaf and has yet to surpass her mother’s death.

Diaz Don’t Clean Up This Blood

Languages: Italian, English, German, French + very few lines in Spanish

The film Diaz narrates the events in Genoa in 2001, during a summit of the G8. While the meeting is happening, world activists are in the local to the World Social Forum. Many of them are camped in the school Diaz-Pascoli, where is installed a group of lawyers and an Independent Media Center. On the night of July 21st, the police burst the place and attacks people on site unscrupulously.

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Polyglot Nerd creator, love foreign cultures and learning languages. Speak: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Learning: French
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