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An Unorthodox Journey: 7 Films That Left Their Mark on Spanish Cinema

We’ve all been used to Hollywood movies and their style for years. How about going out of your habits a little bit?

Recently, thanks to Netflix, Spanish TV series has become a rosewood in our language. Well, have you ever tried watching his movies? I chose 7 films from Spanish cinema, the hosts of unforgettable mystery films. Enjoy watching!

Hogar (Residential)

IMDb: 6.3

Construction Year: 2020

Director: David Pastor, Alex Pastor

Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Mario Casas, Bruna Cusi

Javier Muñoz is a successful advertiser, but suddenly losing his job causes his life to be turned upside down. Javier, who is unable to cover the expenses of the house they stay with his family, has no choice but to sell his house. After selling his house, he realizes that he still has the keys to his old house and takes action to regain his old life. The situation soon becomes obsessive.

El Hoyo (Platform)

IMDb: 7.0

Construction Year: 2019

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Cast: Ivan Massague, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan

The movie takes place in a vertically positioned prison. In the prison where there are two prisoners in each cell, food is sent down from the upper floor only once a day. While the inmates upstairs struggle to get food, the inmates downstairs try to cope with hunger by getting a little more brutal every day. One day, Goreng, who opened his eyes on the 48th floor of the prison, embarks on a difficult struggle to reach the food with Trimagasi, who knows the rules of the prison well.

La Cara Oculta (Secret Room)

IMDb: 7.4

Construction Year: 2011

Director: Andres Baiz

Cast: Quim Gutierrez, Martina Garcia, Clara Lago

Adrian is a talented conductor. Adrian, who lives with his lover Belen, is devastated by a video message from Belen. Belen left Adrian, saying that she could no longer be with him. Belen mysteriously disappears after the message she left. While Adrian is experiencing the pain of being abandoned, he also sets out to search for Belen. But all his efforts are in vain. As time passes, he gets used to Belen’s absence. After a while, Adrian, who took a new person into his life, found happiness again. Just when he thinks he’s got his life back on track, the truth behind his mysterious disappearance will emerge.

The movie was adapted in Turkey with the name “The Other Side” and I liked it very much. Özcan Deniz and Aslı Enver share the lead roles in the movie directed by Özcan Deniz. You can get it from Netflix. 

Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory)

IMDb: 7.6

Construction Year: 2019

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia

The film is about the choices made by director Salvador Mallo from past to present and the events that left a mark in his life. In the film, Mallo’s childhood goes back to the 60s, where he was born and migrated to a village in Valencia with his family, to seek welfare, to his first love, which caused his heart to beat fast in Madrid of the 80s, to writing and therapy as a therapy tool. The events that led to his acquaintance with cinema and getting to know himself are mentioned. 

The production, which carries biographical traces of Almodovar’s own life, competed against Parasite in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in 2019.

La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In)

IMDb: 7.6

Construction Year: 2011

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet

Plastic surgeon Dr., who is working on creating a new skin in order to save his wife, who was burnt to death in a car accident at the last moment, from the appearance of burns. Robert Ledgard continued to work in his home laboratory for twelve years, producing a leather he obtained from a mixture of pig-human blood. After seeing his wife’s burnt body and committing suicide, and their little daughters witnessing this, the family, who had major depression, became more sensitive. When the little girl grows up, she will experience an event that disrupts her psychology. Upon this incident, Dr. Ledgard magnified his experiments, almost becoming a Dr. It will become Frankenstein.

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother)

IMDb: 7.8

Year of Construction: 1999

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Cecilia Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena, Penelope Cruz

Manuela, a single mother living in Madrid, witnesses the death of her 17-year-old son on her birthday. Young Esteban lived in hopes of becoming a successful writer and one day finding out who his father was. After reading her son’s diary, Manuela goes to Barcelona to look for her son’s father. This process leads to moments of love, friendship and grief that they will experience. 

Contratiempo (Invisible Guest)

IMDb: 8.1

Construction Year: 2016

Director: Oriol Paulo

Cast: Mario Casas, Barbara Lennie, Ana Wagener

Adrian Doria is a rapidly rising businessman in his career. Adrian, a married man, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, photographer Laura. To create a credible defense for himself, Adrian meets Virginia Goodman, a seasoned attorney specializing in witness preparation and forensic reporting. Adrian begins to tell Virginia about the events from the very beginning. But Virginia notices some inconsistencies in the story and forces her to reveal the dark spots of her story.