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Language Lessons

Language Lessons image - a film by Natalie Morales
Language Lessons image - a film by Natalie Morales
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - CLOSING NIGHT - 21 AUG
Language Lessons poster - a film by Natalie Morales
Graced with charm and genuine heart. The empathy invested in both characters pulls you in.
A delightful debut. Charming, engrossing and surprisingly inspiring: this movie is a testament to the power of dialect and how it shapes our worldview and fuses and unites us.
A platonic romcom for the zoom era. Films explicitly about the formation of friendships are rare, and Morales and Duplass have fashioned rather a perceptive one.
Director: Natalie Morales
Cast: Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales
Duration: 91mins
Country of Origin: USA
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Graced with charm and genuine heart. The empathy invested in both characters pulls you in.
A delightful debut. Charming, engrossing and surprisingly inspiring: this movie is a testament to the power of dialect and how it shapes our worldview and fuses and unites us.
A platonic romcom for the zoom era. Films explicitly about the formation of friendships are rare, and Morales and Duplass have fashioned rather a perceptive one.

WINNER – 2021 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Award
SPECIAL PRESENTATION – 2021 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Directed by Natalie Morales and written in collaboration with her co-star Mark Duplass, this charming and award-winning comedy follows a Spanish teacher and her student whose online connection takes on far more importance than either could have anticipated.

For his 45th birthday, wealthy Californian Adam (Mark Duplass) receives a surprise gift from his choreographer partner: 100 weekly Spanish lessons with Cariño (Natalie Morales), a vivacious expat who teaches virtually from her home in Costa Rica. Adam's unconvinced at first; a self-described “creature-of-habit”, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his carefully-structured routine. But after unexpected events turn his life upside down, Cariño becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed, and a complicated emotional bond develops...

Upending classic meet-cute tropes, this clever and unassuming film effortlessly shifts between comedy and pathos, echoing the ups and downs of life. Bittersweet, honest and fresh, LANGUAGE LESSONS is a disarmingly moving exploration of friendship and connection.

 

Language Lessons poster - a film by Natalie Morales
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - CLOSING NIGHT - 21 AUG