Guatemala Theatre: Hable con ella

The first time I ever left the country, my mother, sister, and I went to Guatemala for 2 weeks, and took Spanish classes from a local Guatemalan. I was in a beautiful place, with nice people, and a beautiful language – I was obsessed. This was the first time I found myself staying up late at night in our hacienda, and making Spanish verb and vocabulary flashcards. (I know, total nerd)

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The view from my hacienda in Antigua, Guademala.

One night, in Antigua, we went to the local theatre – someone’s living room with a 1990’s box tv and VCR set up in front of a bunch of mis-matched couches and car seats. The “concession stand” was a cooler with bottles of local beer.

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Habla con ella, 2002

The movie de la noche was Hable con ella, one of the most bizarre movies I had ever seen. The characters involve a ballerina and female bull fighter who fall into comas, and the story of the 2 men who take care of them while they recover. I won’t ruin it, but the end was truly bizarre, making it one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen.

The story line should be dark and disturbing, but there is a lightness to the story, along with a sense humor that transcends across any language barrier.

 

Buy Hable con Ella or watch it on Netflix!

Let us know what you think! Also, please suggest more Spanish-language movies in the comments below.

Walsh Costigan

Founder of Lexody

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