A friend from Australia asked me for a list of some great Brazilian and LA movies. This is what I’m sending her.
- Cidade de Deus
Brazil. Probably one of the best movies I ever saw. Very violent and based on real facts. Don’t miss it.
- El Abrazo Partido
Argentina. Beautiful. Simple and beautiful. The music matches perfectly all parts of the story. I saw it again this week, and it is still great.
- Nueve Reinas
Argentina. Very funny, and maybe one of the first of the new movie age from this country.
- Central do Brasil
Brazil. Outstanding drama that unfortunately lost Best Foreign Language Film in Oscar 1999 for Benigni’s La Vita è Bella. Central do Brasil deserved that prize.
- O Xangô de Baker Street
Brazil. Sherlock Holmes comes to Brazil to solve a case and gets enchanted by brazilian drinks, food and women, and almost loses its focus. This movie is useful for foreigners, and is good too.
Uruguay. Sad but very well done drama. In the end you won’t be sure if you hate it or love it.
- Abril Despedaçado
Brazil. The tough life of poor people in northeast of Brazil.
Chile. Social classes conflicts by the eyes of a child.
- O Auto da Compadecida
Brazil. A funny movie that is a summary of a TV series. Adventures of two guys fighting for survival in the most bizarre ways. It is an adaptation of a very important brazilian play from the 70’s that shows many social and folk aspects of our country’s culture. The soundtrack is wonderful, by Sa Grama, a group focused on a very special type of brazilian folk lyric music. Non-brazilians may find difficult to understand the beauty of this movie, but give it a try.
- El Hijo de la Novia
Argentina. A very beautiful drama.
Argentina. Dictatorship and revolution being seen by the eyes of a child.
- Diários de Motocicleta
Brazil, Argentina. The Che Guevara movie.
- Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso
Brazil. A romantic story, from A to Z.
- Amores Perros
Mexico. Just watch it.
- O Quatrilho
Brazil. A well done drama about italian imigrants in southern Brazil. This movie could be shorter. Lost Best Foreign Language Film in Oscar 1996 for dutch’s Antonia. Indeed Antonia is a far better movie.
- Pantaleón y las Visitadoras
Not really great but just to put Peru in this map. Its a cute movie.
I am not an expert, and I’m probably missing a few movies. And hope to see more suggestion in the comments