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Onscreen Latino And Spanish Couples Who Give Us Hope That El Amor Still Exists

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Ah, el amor! Romantic movies are blamed for giving people unrealistic expectations about love and relationships, sure…but we just don’t care. Even if they are a bit over-the-top and highly dramatic, some of our favorite movie couples just warm our hearts.

“The Sea Inside”

Talk about pure inspiration! While quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro fights to support euthanasia and the right to end his life, he also inspires two very different women in his life to accomplish dreams of their own.

“Open Your Eyes”

This movie is a full-blown trip, just like love. César, a really handsome young man, meets the love of his life, Sofía (who just so happens to be his friend’s girlfriend), mere days before a car accident leaves his face completely disfigured. His obsession with Sofía goes beyond anything rational, making “I love you to death” a total understatement.

“Like Water for Chocolate”

Pedro falls in love with Tita the minute he sets eyes on her. When she’s not permitted to marry him, he decides to marry Tita’s older sister instead in order to be near his love. A lifetime of births, deaths, political revolutions and magical recipes go by before they can finally be together… And then it’s pure fire.

“Three Steps Above Heaven”

This movie chronicles an improbable love between upper-middle class Babi and rebellious, risk-loving street racer “H” as they set their evident differences aside and embark on a passionate, out-of-this-world romance. Who cares if it doesn’t last? It’s totally worth the ride.

“Cantinflas”

“Behind every great man there’s a great woman,” except Valentina Ivanna was never behind Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, aka Cantinflas. She was right by his side, through thick and thin and all the way to Hollywood.

“The Dark Side of the Heart”

Oliverio is a young Argentinian poet searching for the woman he will be able to levitate with while making love. While on a trip to Montevideo, he happens to find just that in the arms of a prostitute named Ana.

“Strawberry and Chocolate”

A deep, understanding and accepting friendship develops in Cuba between Diego, a young, educated and skeptical gay man, and David, a straight student and communist filled with traditional ideas and prejudices. The film is not about the seduction of the body, but rather the seduction of the soul.

“Memories of My Melancholy Whores”

Based on the novella by Gabriel García Márquez, the film follows “El Sabio,” a 90-year-old retired journalist who seeks a sexual encounter with a virgin as a birthday gift. Instead, he finds the true love of his life.

“Rosario Tijeras”

Antonio and Emilio — two friends from the upper class of Medellín, Colombia — fall in love with beautiful Rosario, a woman involved with hitmen and drug cartel dealers. Friendships, loyalty and socio-economic barriers are all put to the test in the name of passion and love.

“Talk to Her”

Benigno and Marco developed a friendship based on unfortunate common circumstances while they care for the two women in deep comas they love (and, in Benigno’s case, obsess over). Now that’s commitment.

“Love in the Time of Cholera”

Florentino Ariza falls in love at first sight with Fermina Daza, but her parents don’t approve and, instead, she weds Dr. Juvenial Urbino in marriage of convenience. In the meantime, Florentino seeks 600 sexual encounters in his search to get over heartbreak. Fifty-one years, nine months and four days later, when Dr. Urbino finally passes, Florentino tries to resume courting his true love, Fermina.

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Did we miss your favorite onscreen couple? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s What It’s Like To Speak English And Move To Mexico In The Middle Of Your Childhood

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Here’s What It’s Like To Speak English And Move To Mexico In The Middle Of Your Childhood

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“I feel more American than Mexican.”

What happens when you’re an American kid, born to Mexican parents, who ends up moving to Mexico? A new documentary, “Una Vida, Dos Paises,” tackles the story of “transfronterizos,” young children who must adapt to life in their parents’ home country.

Many of the children, who grow up speaking English, are faced with the challenge of fitting in at schools where they struggle with Spanish. Some are called names such as “gringo” for not speaking Spanish. Others deal with fractured families, where one parent stays behind in the U.S. to work and provide for the family in Mexico.

One of the filmmakers, Tatyana Kleyn, told the New York Times her experience as a Latvian immigrant in the U.S. helped her relate: “I saw what it was like through the eyes of my parents when you come to this country and you don’t speak the language.”

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