For the past six months, I’ve been on a quest to change my monolinguistic status. (Let’s just say that’s a little easier said than done.) But I have been wearing out the Spanish language movie options on Netflix, which is how I stumbled upon this gem. I’ve already watched this Argentinian film three times and it just keeps getting better. (I love listening to Argentinian Spanish with it’s Italian cadence.) I read a review that compared it to “Amélie” and while I don’t want to raise your expectations so high that you won’t trust me anymore, this was by far one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the story of Valentin, a precocious little boy living in Argentina with his abuela. His mother left and his father is a bit of a temperamental playboy who doesn’t have much time for his 8-year-old son. So Valentin decides to create his own family. The story is based on director Alejandro Agresti’s real life and is set in a 1960s Argentina that, if nothing else, is sure to put the country on your bucket list. Let me know what you think. – Amy
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Director: Alejandro Agresti
Starring: Rodrigo Noya, Alejandro Agresti, Julieta Cardinali, Carmen Maura
Production Design: Floris Vos
Assistant Art Director: Natalia Grosso
Costume Design: Marisa Urruti