Movies about Brazilian personalities – Part 2

For now, the last post on Brazilian films. This time we will get to know a capoeirista, a soccer player, a child actor, a revolutionary and an artist of the colonial era.

Besouro – The Assailant

In Bahia the black community continues to be treated as slaves and their traditions are not allowed, including the capoeira. The Master Alípio (Macalé) tries to keep the tradition alive and chooses Besouro (Ailton Carmo) as his successor. And Besouro, after the murder of Master Alípio, will follow the instructions of his master defending his people against prejudice.

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Movies about Brazilian personalities

This time the post will be on great Brazilian characters outside of the music world. A president, a princess, a Formula 1 racer, a writer and a medium. Several characters from the same country.

Nao Pare Na Pista: A Melhor Historia de Paulo Coelho – Paulo Coelho’s Best Story

The film about Paulo Coelho shows in a non-linearly way, three different moments of the writer’s life. Paulo Coelho as a teenager (Ravel Andrade), who has a conflicted relationship with his parents. He as an adult (Julio Andrade), in search of himself and collaborating with Raul Seixas and, he already mature, successful, redoing the Camino de Santiago.

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Swedish Movies

The Best Intentions – Den goda viljan

Henrik Bergman (Samuel Fröler) is a poor theology student who falls in love for the sister of his best friend, Anna Åkerbloom (Pernilla August), a young, modern and smart woman. The long film tells the story of the parents of Ingmar Bergman, from the day they met until the marriage, showing the difficulties of the married life in the interior of Sweden, until the return to Uppsala.

Eat, sleep, die- Äta sova dö

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How to improve listening and reading at the same time – Part 2

Finally the second part of the post

Previously, I showed the most common ways to improve reading and listening at the same time. I’d rather hear natural dialogues than dialogues in language courses.
The way that is most effective for me is to extract the audio and dialogues from movies and TV shows.

First Step

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Dutch movies

Come As You Are – Hasta la Vista

The film is about the adventures of three friends: Philip (Robrecht Vanden Thoren) is quadriplegic, Lars (Gilles De Schrijver) is paraplegic and Jozef (Tom Audenaert) is blind. They want to go to a brothel in Spain to lose their virginity.


Lena (Emma Levie) is a chubby and depressed teenager. One day, by chance, she meets Daan (Niels Gomperts) that different from other guys treat her well and truly like her. Facing problems at home, Lena moves in with Daan and his father Tom (Jeroen Willems). However, Tom begins to feel an affection that is more than paternal by Lena.

Dusk – Schemer

The film tells the story of six friends. Jessie (Gaite Jansen) is one of them and always causes disagreements within the group. So, her friends led by Caesar (Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen) decide to kill her. The film is based on real events.

Boys – Jongens

Sieger (Gijs Blom) and his friend, Stef (Stijn Taverne), are chosen to join the relay race school team. They join two other boys, Marc (Ko Zandvliet) and Tom (Myron Wouts). A friendship grows between the four, but especially between Marc and Sieger. Gradually Sieger realizes he is attracted to Marc, but tries to suppress his feelings.


Borgman is a horror/thriller movie that depicts the changes within a bourgeois family, when a strange beggar knocks the door asking to taking a bath. Since then, strange events begin to occur and disrupt this family.

Multilingual Movies – Part 2

“Plurality of languages: […] It is crucial 1. that there are many languages and that they differ not only in vocabulary, but also in grammar, and so in mode of thought and 2. that all languages are learnable.”

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Languages: English, German, Hebrew, French and Latin

The film tells a part of the biography of the famous Jewish philosopher of German origin Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa). Established in the United States, she is already a respected intellectual when she offers to the New Yorker magazine to cover the trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. She follows the trial in Israel and then publish five articles in the New Yorker. However, by putting the articles that there was collaboration of Jews in Nazi logistics, Arendt is heavily criticized, especially by the Jewish community.

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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.

Movies in Spanish – Part Two

Here is the second part of the post about Movies in Spanish.

White Elephant – ELEFANTE BLANCO

“White Elephant ” portrays the reality of little known outskirts of Buenos Aires. The film is set in the fictional slum town Villa Virgen, where Father Nicolás (Jérémie Renier) has just arrived to help in the social works of the Church that are commanded by Father Julian (Ricardo Darín). There, with the exception of the social worker Luciana (Martina Gusman), the state is completely absent. In this chaotic environment, the characters struggle to help the community while trying to stay strong despite the challenges and difficulties.

Amores Perros

“Amores Perros ” is a film by the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu that tells the story of three different people whose lives are linked by a car accident. One is Octavio (Gael García Bernal), who wants to run away with his brother’s wife Susana (Vanessa Bauche) and to get money he starts to take his dog Cofi to baiting fights. At the same time, Daniel (Alvaro Guerrero) abandons his wife and daughters to live with Valeria (Goya Toledo) a model he felt in love, but his passion will be put to the test. The accident also involves Chivo (Emilio Echevarría), a former communist guerrilla who is now a hired killer.

The Crime of Padre Amaro – EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO

The film is based on the book of the Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós and is about Father Amaro (Gael García Bernal) who has just been ordered and is going to work in a small parish. There he is under the supervision of Father Benito (Sancho Gracia), who lives a corrupt and hypocritical existence. There Amaro meets the young devotee Amelia (Ana Claudia Alanson), daughter of Sanjuanera (Angelica Aragon), lover of Father Benito. Faced with the real world, Amaro is confronted with the hypocrisy of the Church, which condemns the guerillas but lives side by side with the criminals.

The Motorcycle Diaries – DIARIOS DE MOTOCICLETA

The Motorcycle Diaries chronicles the journey of Che Guevara, played by Gael García Bernal, through Latin America, along with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna). The ride is made on a bike that breaks after 8 months. They then go on to continue their journey taking rides and walking, always meeting new people. But when they arrive at a leper colony in the Peruvian Amazon, Ernesto begins to question his usefulness as a future doctor in Argentine.

Despues De Lucia

After the death of his wife, Roberto (Gonzalo Vega Jr.) and his daughter Alejandra (Tessa Ia), a 15 years old girl, leave the city of Vallarda and go to Mexico City in search for a new life. Alejandra joins a new school and makes friends very easily with her new colleagues. However, at a party she has sex with a classmate and the intercourse is recorded. Soon, the video becomes viral among Alejandra’s colleagues and she starts to be bullied. Embarrassed, she hides the abuses from father, until the situation becomes unbearable.


This is another film that deals with bullying, in this film Gabriel (Eduardo Garé) becomes the preferred victim of Guille (Eduardo Espinilla), the school bully. He becomes a victim of abuse just for being red haired. However, the boy is too embarrassed to tell the humiliations he suffers to his parents. Meanwhile, parents of the both boys cannot imagine what happens in school, since they are busy with their own problems and fears. The only one who seems to realize that there is something wrong is Silvano (Frank Crudele), the owner of the pizzeria where the family of Gabriel always goes to have dinner. And with the help of Silvano, Gabriel will try to reverse the situation, not realizing the consequences.

Trailer in Spanish

Chinese Take-Away – UN CUENTO CHINO

A cow falls from the sky and hits the small boat of a Chinese couple. Therein begins the story of the movie “Chinese Takeaway “. After that we see the routine of the lonely and grumpy Roberto (Ricardo Darín) who lives in Buenos Aires. He lives a simple life without major problems until the day he helps a Chinese (Ignacio Huang) who is robbed and thrown off into the street by a taxi driver. Reluctantly, Roberto tries to help the Chinese and eventually discover a strange fact that unites both.


Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is a smart and dreamy girl of 10 years, who moves to the north of Navarre with her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil). There they will live with the cruel Captain Vidal (Sergi López), a Fascist officer who is trying to exterminate the guerrillas of the surroundings. At the new home, the girl gets close to Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), a cook who is secretly helping the rebels. Moreover, in her garden tours, Ofelia discovers a labyrinth and meets a faun who reveals that she is a princess of an underworld and that to be able to return she must accomplish three special missions.

Movies in Spanish – Part One

Finally, the post I’ve been planning for over a month. Sorry guys :(!

Thus, as the first post of French films was special, the first post of films in Spanish will also be special. Instead of an actor, this post will have only movies from the Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

Movies from Almodóvar: I never know which one to choose.

Movies from Almodóvar: I never know which one to choose.

Los amantes pasajeros – I’M So Excited!

The latest film from the Spanish director is quite atypical. With an exaggerate tone of comedy, “I’m So Excited!” tells the story of passengers and employees in a flight between Spain and Mexico, which has problems on one of the landing gears, for this reason the captain (Antonio de la Torre) is forced to fly in circles. During this period, all economy class passengers are doped and the action takes place between the cockpit and the first class. In this scenario, several revelations are made by the characters, especially about their sexuality.

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French Movies – Part 2

Following the first part of the post, we will see more French movies, all kind of them: comedies, drama, romantic, horror and animation.

La Vie d’ Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2 – Blue Is the Warmest Color

The long (2h57m) and controversial film tells the story of the youth of Adèle, brilliantly played by Adèle Exarchopoulos. Adéle is a teenager who discovers her passion for a woman with blue hair Emma (Léa Seydoux), besides showing the development and growth of the relationship between the characters; the movie also shows the differences in upbringing and personality of women. The film is not just about the strong bond of love between two characters, but also about the process of maturation between the period of adolescence and adulthood.

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