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Selected French and Spanish Feature Films to Stream with Kanopy & Hoopla

In addition to Memorial Hall Library's new subscription access to Mango Languages, watching a foreign film is a great way to master a new language. Watching foreign feature films gives viewers a chance to listen to and follow native conversations with no pressure to respond as you might in a formal instructional setting. Whether or not you turn on the English subtitles, foreign language films provide an artistic lens on the social, political and cultural experiences in far away places. Soaking up foreign dialogue in the context of an exciting thriller plot or a cozy romcom, expands your cultural horizons even from the comfort of your couch.  If you haven't tried our subscription access to Kanopy and Hoopla, consider this list of selected French and Spanish feature films and get the popcorn popping.  

 

Frantz /
Frantz /

FRENCH
In post-World War I Germany, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé meets a mysterious Frenchman who comes to lay flowers on his grave and claims to be his old friend. Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War
Kanopy Link
Jauja /
Jauja /

SPANISH, DANISH
After a Danish engineer and his teenage daughter move to Argentina for a job with the army, the daughter runs away with a soldier and her father travels across the country to look for her. An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s.
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Return of the hero / Le Retour du Heros
Return of the hero / Le Retour du Heros

FRENCH
In early nineteenth-century France, a captain returns home from war as a penniless deserter but is welcomed as a war hero, and when he assumes that role, he must battle wits with his fiancée's sister who knows the truth but impersonated him while he wasgone by writing letters to her sister on his behalf
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Bag of marbles /Un Sac du Bille
Bag of marbles /Un Sac du Bille

FRENCH
Two young Jewish brothers escape the Nazis in occupied France."The great value of Christian Duguay's film is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences." - Matt Fagerholm,  RogerEbert.com
Kanopy Link 
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SPANISH
After his mother sends pre-teen Tomás to live with his slacker older brother in Mexico City, Tomás convinces his brother and a friend to join him in search of a local folk-rock legend who has been hospitalized
La tête en friche/My afternoons with Margueritte
La tête en friche/My afternoons with Margueritte

FRENCH
Uneducated Germain and avid reader Margueritte begin an unlikely friendship when Margueritte introduces Germain to the world of literature and reading.Germain is lured by Marguerite's passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey.
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Nostalgia for the Light
Nostalgia for the Light

SPANISH
Film master director Patricio Guzman, travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973.
Available on Hoopla 
Ensemble C'est Tout / Hunting and Gathering Under the Milky Way
Ensemble C'est Tout / Hunting and Gathering Under the Milky Way

FRENCH
Camille (Audrey Tautou. Amelie) works evenings as an office cleaning woman and makes graceful drawings in her free time while living in the attic of a Parisian apartment block. Philibert (Laurent Stocker) is a young, aristocratic history buff living - temporarily - in an apartment lower down, part of the estate of his late grandmother. He has let out part of it to up-and-coming cook, Franck  a gruff young loner and womaniser with a genuine love for his frail grandmother, Paulette . When Camille falls ill, Philibert insists she stay with the two of them so he can look after her. And even though she and Franck clash, the trio manage to live together and learn from each other.Annotation
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Faces places /
Faces places /

FRENCH
Film director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR set out on a journey across France to meet people and collect images. Nominated  Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.
Kanopy Link
Gigante
Gigante

SPANISH
A hulking-but-shy security guard falls for a beautiful, young cleaning woman, but cannot approach her until layoffs force him to act.
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Amélie
Amélie

FRENCH
Quiet and reserved, Amelie Poulin spends her days as a waitress at a Paris cafe and entertains herself by playing kindhearted practical jokes on her neighbors.
Hoopla Link
Alamar
Alamar

SPANISH
Before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome, Jorge teaches Natan about their Mayan heritage, taking him to the pristine Chinchorro reef to live off the sea for a few weeks.
Hoopla Link
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Quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows
Quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows

FRENCH
A thirteen-year-old boy on a quest for the meaning of life ends up on the wrong side of the law. Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.  

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Le Chef /
Le Chef /

FRENCH
When Alexandre, a veteran chef who has run out of ideas, is pressured by his boss, he teams up with a self-taught chef to save his career.
"An amusing souffle of a comedy that pokes fun at foodies while honoring the art of those who cook for them." - Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times
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Pope's Toilet/ El baño del Papa
Pope's Toilet/ El baño del Papa

SPANISH
It's 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all--he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone.
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Chico & Rita
Chico & Rita

SPANISH
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. 
A piano player and a singer chase their dreams, and each other, from Havana to New York and Las Vegas. original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdes, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente and others.
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Potiche/ Trophy Wife
Potiche/ Trophy Wife

FRENCH
It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air but Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini).
After the workers at her husband's factory go on strike and he suffers a heart attack, a woman takes over the leadership of her husband's business and finds new personal and professional success.
Kanopy Link
Embrace of the serpent /El abrazo de la serpiente
Embrace of the serpent /El abrazo de la serpiente

CATALAN, GERMAN, SPANISH  
The story of Karamakate, the last surviving Amazonian, and two scientists who spend four decades searching the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Nominated to for Best Foreign Language Feature at the 2016 Academy Awards, Best International Film at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival
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Pelo Malo/Bad Hair
Pelo Malo/Bad Hair

SPANISH
A nine-year-old preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. A tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Winner of Best Film at the Havana Film Festival. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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