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The best movies featuring translators and interpreters

Translators and interpreters in the movies

Though it hasn‚Äôt been plain sailing, I have finally created a list of movies featuring translators and interpreters. From thrillers to sci-fi, rom-coms to comedies, there’s something for every taste. Have you seen these films? If you have any suggestions, queries, or just comments regarding this collection, don‚Äôt hesitate to get in touch!

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Original title:¬†Arrival¬†¬†Country: USA¬† Release: 2016¬†Director:¬† Denis Villeneuve¬† Screenplay by Eric Heisserer.¬†Based on “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang¬† Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma

Denis Villeneuve directs this outstanding sci-fi movie that will delight translators, interpreters, philologists and linguists. The movie revolves around communication with an alien species, that has suddenly arrived, seemingly out of nowhere.

The hypothesis of this sci-fi movie states that language alters the way we think and the way we see the world. This theory, which contradicts Noam Chomsky‚Äôs ‚Äėuniversal grammar‚Äô, is known as linguistic relativity or Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

The military, in order to work out whether the aliens come in peace or not, hire a linguist (Amy Adams) who, in turn, will experience important changes as she deepens in communicating with the extra-terrestrials.

It is a highly recommendable movie that will appeal to both linguists and good sci-fi lovers.

Also Known As (AKA)> Albania (complete title): Kontakti i Par√ę; Argentina: La Llegada; Brazil: A Chegada; Bulgaria (Bulgarian title): –ü—ä—Ä–≤–ł –ļ–ĺ–Ĺ—ā–į–ļ—ā; Canada (French title): L’arriv√©e; Canada (English title): Arrival; Chile: La Llegada; Croatia: Dolazak; Czech Republic: PŇô√≠choz√≠; Estonia: Saabumine; France: Premier contact; Germany: Arrival; Greece: őó ő¨ŌÜőĻőĺő∑, Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title): I Afixi; Hungary: √Črkez√©s; Israel (Hebrew title): Ha’mifgash; Italy: Arrival; Japan (English title): Message; Lithuania: Atvykimas; Mexico: La Llegada; Peru: La Llegada; Poland: Nowy poczńÖtek; Portugal: O Primeiro Encontro; Romania: Primul contact; Russia: –ü—Ä–ł–Ī—č—ā–ł–Ķ; Serbia: Dolazak; Slovenia: Prihod; South Korea (working title): Contact; Spain: La llegada; Turkey (Turkish title): Gelis; Ukraine:¬† –ü—Ä–ł–Ī—É—ā—ā—Ź; USA (working title) Story of Your Life, USA: Arrival; Uruguay:(original subtitled version) La Llegada; Vietnam: Cuoc Do Bo Bi An.

Chuck Norris Vs Communism

Original title: Chuck Norris Vs Communism  Director: Ilinca Calugareanu  Country: Romania Writer: Ilinca Calugareanu  Cast: Irina Margareta Nistor, Ana Maria Moldovan, Dan Chiorean

A great documentary which is worth mentioning is Chuck Norris Vs Communism. In a miserable Romania set in the eighties, a young radio newscaster, Irina Nistor, dubbed thousands of smuggled movies which allowed Romanians to learn about the other side of the Iron Curtain.

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The Interpreter

Original title: The Interpreter  Country: United Kingdom  Release: 2005  Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Sydney Pollack, Jesper Christensen,Yvan Attal, Earl Cameron.

 An African-born UN interpreter, a widowed Secret Service agent and a plot to kill the genocidal leader of Matobo are the key elements of this engaging movie. Both Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman nail their respective characters in this intelligent thriller. Catherine Keener, the supporting actress and winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, deserves a special mention. The Interpreter isn’t a light and fun thriller; the viewer needs to be focused to keep track of the plot by Sydney Pollack. Recommended for any translator or interpreter fond of intrigues and unexpected turns.

Also Known As (AKA)> France:¬† L’int√®rprete; Spain, Argentina, Chile: La int√©rprete; Germany: Die Dolmetscherin; Greece: őó őĒőĻőĶŌĀőľő∑őĹő≠őĪŌā; Portugal and Brasil: A Int√©rprete; Russia:¬†–ü–Ķ—Ä–Ķ–≤–ĺ–ī—á–ł—Ü–į; Turkey:¬†√áevirmen;

The Terminal

Original title: The Terminal  Country: USA  Release: 2004   Director: Steven Spielberg  Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Eddie Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Zoe Saldana, Kumar Pallana.

This movie is based on facts. An immigrant from the Balkans is caught up at the New York JFK Airport just after the war breaks out in his country. Soon, he starts experiencing communication difficulties. Despite the leading actor and director’s tendency towards unnecessary corny scenes, it is certainly an entertaining movie.

Also Known As (AKA) > Brazil: O terminal; Germany: Terminal; Greece: The terminal; Argentina, Chile, Spain, Urugay: La terminal; France and Canada (French title): La terminal; Portugal:¬†Terminal de Aeroporto; Russia: T–Ķ—Ä–ľ–ł–Ĺ–į–Ľ.


Original title: Stargate  Country: EEUU  Release: 1994 Genre: Sci-fi  Director: Roland Emmerich  Cast: James Spader, Kurt Russell, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Mili Avital, Alexis Cruz,Djimon Hounsou, Richard Kind, Erick Avari, John Diehl.

A linguist is given a curious assignment to translate some whimsical tables from Ancient Egypt. His translation will become the key that will open a fascinating but threatening world. Strongly recommended for translators and interpreters who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy films.

Also Knwon as (AKA) > Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay: Stargate: la puerta del tiempo; Brazil: Stargate, a Chave para o Futuro da Humanidade; Canada (French title) and France Stargate:¬†La porte des √©toiles; Germany: Stargate; Russia:¬†–ó–≤—Ď–∑–ī–Ĺ—č–Ķ –≤—Ä–į—āa; Spain: Stargate: puerta a las estrellas


Original title:¬†Windtalkers¬† Country: EEUU¬† Release: 2002¬† Director: John Woo¬† Cast:¬†Nicolas Cage,¬†Adam Beach,¬†Christian Slater,¬†Peter Stormare,¬†Noah Emmerich,¬†Mark Ruffalo,¬†Brian Van Holt,¬†Martin Henderson,¬†Roger Willie,¬†Frances O’Connor,¬†Jason Isaacs,¬†Kevin Cooney.

A messenger man uses native American languages to send messages during War War II. The army, despite counting on anthropologists to try to decipher communications, can do very little. Although at times it can seem somewhat repetitious and far-fetched, translators and linguists may still enjoy it.

Also Known As (AKA) > Argentina, M√©xico: C√≥digos de guerra; Brazil and Portugal: C√≥digos de guerra; Canada (French title):¬†La voix des vents; France: Windtalkers – Les messagers du vent; Germany:¬†indtalkers; Russia:¬†–ď–ĺ–≤–ĺ—Ä—Ź—Č–ł–Ķ —Ā –≤–Ķ—ā—Ä–ĺ–ľ; Spain: Windtalkers; Ukraine: Ti, —Č–ĺ –≥–ĺ–≤–ĺ—Ä—Ź—ā—Ć i–∑ –≤i—ā—Ä–ĺ–ľ



Original title: Charade  Country: USA  Release: 1963   Director: Stanley Donen  Cast: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy,Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Thomas Chelimsky.

Audrey Hepburn is a UN translator and interpreter whose husband is murdered for no apparent reason. This event triggers a plot that reminds us of Hitchcock. The grace that Hepburn boasts when getting in the interpreter’s booth has gone down in cinema history. It is a must-see for all Audrey Hepburn fans.

Also known as (AKA) > Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Spain: Charada; Brazil and Portugal: Charade; Denmark: Charade – tre mand frem for en enke; Finland: Charade – ett farligt spel;¬† France: Charade; Greece:¬†ő°őĪőĹŌĄőĶő≤őŅŌć ŌÉŌĄőŅ ő†őĪŌĀőĮŌÉőĻ; Hungary:¬†merikai fog√≥cska; Italy:¬†Sciarada; Norway: Hvem svindler hvem?; USSR:¬†–®–į—Ä–į–ī–į; Turkey:¬†√Ėld√ľren s√ľphe; West Germany: Scharade

La Traductrice

Original title: La Traductrice (The translator)  Country: Switzerland/Russia   Release: 2002  Genre: Drama  Director: Elena Hazanov Cast: Alexander Baluev Julia Batinova Sergei Garmash Elena Safonova Bruno Todeschini

Ira, a young Russian woman in her twenties, lives in Geneva with her mother and doesn’t know much about her home country. Tashkov is an alleged member of the Russian mafia in jail waiting for his trial. Ira, who is a translator working for Tashkov’s defence attorney (defence lawyer) quickly succumbs to Tashkov’s charm, who is a powerful and learned man and seems to have the gift of reading her thoughts. But Tashkov will soon manipulate the young lady who wants to find her roots and her own way in life. When it dawns on her that danger can be hidden where least expected, it may be too late.¬†

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Fresh Suicide

Original title: Fresh Suicide  Country: India Release:  Director: Anupam Barve

Short film shot in a very realistic style. A young Indian translator works for an American journalist who is creating¬†a photo feature on farmers’ suicides in rural India. Strongly recommended.

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Lost in Translation

Original title: Lost in Translation  Country: USA  Release: 2003 Director: Sofia Coppola  Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris.

An actor in hard times and a photographer’s wife meet in Tokyo. The language and cultural barriers work as a metaphor for the character’s isolation… something more than just a friendship will develop in this crossroads. Although it is not directly related to translation, it strikes me as an inescapable reference.

Also known as (AKA): Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay: Perdidos en Tokio; Brazil: Encontros e desencontros; Germany:¬†ost in Translation – Zwischen den Welten; Greece: XőĪőľő≠őĹőŅőĻ ŌÉŌĄő∑ őľőĶŌĄő¨ŌÜŌĀőĪŌÉő∑; Italy:¬†ost in Translation – L’amore tradotto; Portugal: O Amor √Č um Lugar Estranho; Turkey: Bir konusabilse…

Everything is illuminated

Original title: Everything Is illuminated  Country: USA Release: 2005  Director: Liev Schreiber  Cast: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin

Rare and interesting movie telling the story of a young Jewish man who endeavours to find the woman who appeared in the picture his grandfather was holding in his deathbed. It also features the character of a translator/interpreter. The soundtrack by Paul Cantelon is also a great asset to this movie.

Everything is illuminated

Also known as (AKA): Argentina; Mexico, : Una vida iluminada; Germany, Austria: Alles ist erleuchtet; Brazil: Uma Vida Iluminada; France: Tout est illumin√©; Italy: Ogni cosa √® illuminata; Poland: Wszystko jest iluminacja; Portugal: Est√° Tudo Iluminado; Russia: C–≤–Ķ—ā –≤–ĺ–ļ—Ä—É–≥; Spain: Todo est√° iluminado; Sweden: Allt √§r upplyst


Original title: Spanglish  Country: EEUU Release: 2004  Director: James L. Brooks  Cast: Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele, Ian Hyland, Victoria Luna, Cecilia Suárez.

A Mexican woman with a low level of English migrates to the US to work in a wealthy family’s house. The language barrier is soon evident. The best part is during the end credits, though some people will dislike this movie, and others may even find it fun.

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Also known as (AKA) > Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela :¬†Espanglish; Brazil, Portugal:¬†Espangl√™s; Canada (French title): Spanglish – J’en perds mon latin!; Croatia:¬†Ň†panjolski engleski; Denmark: N√¶sten helt perfekt – Spanglish; Greece: IŌÉŌÄőĪő≥ő≥őĽőĻőļő¨; Hungary: Spangol – Magamat sem √©rtem; Poland: Trudne sŇā√≥wka; Romania: Cum sa nu devii american; Russia:¬†–ė—Ā–Ņ–į–Ĺ—Ā–ļ–ł–Ļ-–į–Ĺ–≥–Ľ–ł–Ļ—Ā–ļ–ł–Ļ; Spain: Spanglish

La ni√Īa de tus ojos

Original title:¬†La ni√Īa de tus ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams)¬† Country: Spain¬† Release: 1998¬† Director: Fernando Trueba¬† Genre: Tragicomedy¬† Cast: Pen√©lope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Jes√ļs Bonilla, Jorge Sanz, Loles Le√≥n, Rosa Mar√≠a Sard√†, Neus Asensi, Santiago Segura.

A group of Spanish filmmakers are invited to Nazi Germany to shoot the German-Spanish production ‚ÄėLa ni√Īa de Tus Ojos‚Äô (The Apple of Your Eye) at the UFA studios in Berlin.

As Carmina points out, the character of the interpreter shows up, playing a rather humorous role due to the embarrassing situations in which he gets involved in the making of the musical drama.

ALso Known As (AKA) > Brazil:¬†¬†Garota dos Seus Sonhos; France: La fille de tes r√™ves; Germany: Das M√§dchen deiner Tr√§ume; Italy: La Ni√Īa dei tuoi sogni; Russia:¬†–Ē–Ķ–≤—É—ą–ļ–į —ā–≤–ĺ–Ķ–Ļ –ľ–Ķ—á—ā—č; Turkey: R√ľyalarin kizi; USA: The Girl of Your Dreams

Desert Flower

Original title: Desert Flower  Country: United Kingdom   Release: 2009  Genre: Drama / Biopic  Director: Sherry Horman  Cast: Liya Kebede (Waris Dirie), Sally Hawkins (Marylin), Timothy Spall (Terry Donaldson), Soraya Omar-Scego (Waris as the kid)

Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) is in the hospital and needs an interpreter. Much to her dismay, she comes across a Somali translator who is giving personal opinions instead of accurately translating what she says.

Also Known As (AKA) > Austria:¬†M√§dchen aus dem Goldland; Brazil: Flor do Deserto; Denmark: T√łsen fra Texas


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Zero Dark Thirty

Original title:¬†Zero Dark Thirty¬† (2012 )¬† Genre: Thriller¬† ¬†Director:¬†Kathryn Bigelow¬† ¬†Cast:Jessica Chastain,¬†Joel Edgerton,¬†Taylor Kinney,¬†Kyle Chandler,¬†Jennifer Ehle,¬†Mark Strong,¬†Chris Pratt,¬†Mark Duplass,¬†Harold Perrineau,¬†Jason Clarke,¬†√Čdgar Ram√≠rez,Scott Adkins,¬†Frank Grillo,¬†Lee Asquith-Coe,¬†Fredric Lehne,¬†James Gandolfini,¬†Reda Kateb,¬†Fares Fares,¬†Stephen Dillane,¬†Homayoun Ershadi

Instead of featuring only one interpreter, there is a collection of interpreters, who help trace Osama Bin Laden. 

Also known as (AKA): Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain : La noche m√°s oscura; Brazil: A¬†Hora Mais Escura; Canada (French title): Op√©ration avant l’aube; Hungary: Zero Dark Thirty – A bin L√°den-hajsza; Iraq: Si daghighey-e bamdad; Italy: Operazione Zero Dark Thirty; Japan: Zero D√Ęku S√Ęti; Lithuania: Taikinys #1; Poland: Wr√≥g numer 1; Portugal 00:30 A Hora Negra; Romania: Misiunea: 00.30 A.M.; Russia:¬†–¶–Ķ–Ľ—Ć –Ĺ–ĺ–ľ–Ķ—Ä –ĺ–ī–ł–Ĺ; Ukraine: T—Ä–ł–ī—Ü—Ź—ā—Ć —Ö–≤–ł–Ľ–ł–Ĺ –Ņ–ĺ –Ņi–≤–Ĺ–ĺ—ái


Original title:¬†Babel¬†¬†Release: 2006¬† Genre: Drama¬† Director: Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rruti Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garc√≠a Bernal,¬†KŇćji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza,¬†Rinko Kikuchi

Directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rritu, with a script by writer Guillermo Arriaga, Babel premiered at Cannes on May 23, 2006 and completes I√Ī√°rritu‚Äôs ‚ÄúTrilogy of Death‚ÄĚ, which started with Amores Perros.

This film was the Golden Globe winner for the best drama in 2007 and candidate for seven Oscars, among them best film and best director (though it only got the best soundtrack award).

The film narrates three intertwined stories which take place in different parts of the world: Japan, the United States and Morocco. It features four different languages with some hindrances related to language barriers (such as the American couple that suffers an accident in Morocco) or the communication skills (the story that takes place in Tokyo focuses on a deaf teenager).

Also Known As (AKA) > Sweden: Jakten p√• den magiska stenen; Bulgaria:¬†–Ď–į–Ī–Ķ–Ľ

Blood Diamond

Original title: Blood diamond (2006)  Director: Edward Zwick Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Arnold Vosloo, David Harewood, Caruso Kuypers, Michael Sheen, Basil Wallace, Ntare Mwine, Stephen Collins, Chris Petoyan (AKA Chris Astoyan), Jimi Mistry

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of a white Rhodesian arms dealer in Sierra Leone. He sports an amazing accent and he also speaks krio and many times acts as an interpreter.

Also Known As (AKA) > Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain: Diamante de sangre; Brasil, Portugal: Diamante de Sangue; Canada (French title): Le diamant de sang; Greece:¬†őúőĪŌĄŌČőľő≠őĹőŅ őīőĻőĪőľő¨őĹŌĄőĻ; Italy: Blood Diamond – Diamanti di sangue; Romania: Diamant insangerat; Russia:¬†–ö—Ä–ĺ–≤–į–≤—č–Ļ –į–Ľ–ľ–į–∑

The Interpreter (TV Series)

Original title:¬†šļ≤ÁąĪÁöĄÁŅĽŤĮĎŚģė (The Interpreter)¬† Genre: Workplace rommance¬† Country: China¬† Director:¬†Wang Ying¬† Cast:¬†Yang Mi,¬†Huang Xuan

This list wouldn‚Äôt be complete without a special mention of this Chinese series starring Qiao Fei (Yang Mi), who studies French and dreams of becoming a professional interpreter. His mentor whilst studying in Paris is Cheng Jia Yang (Huang Xuan), the son of a foreign minister and an outstanding interpreter of French to Chinese. This series is based on the novel ‚ÄúLes Interpr√®tes‚ÄĚ by Miao Xuan. It was¬†a commercial hit in China.

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Cr√≠tica de cine: “B” B√°rcenas, la pel√≠cula

Algo huele a podrido en el gobierno

Pocas veces se ha dedicado una pel√≠cula a un tesorero. Normalmente la contabilidad no se considera una profesi√≥n trepidante digna de inmortalizar en el celuloide (o digitalmente, como se estila m√°s hoy en d√≠a). Pero el se√Īor B√°rcenas es un show en s√≠ mismo, una caja de pandora hecha hombre.

“B” es una pel√≠cula sobre el archifamoso tesorero del Partido Popular, Jos√© Luis B√°rcenas y, m√°s concretamente, una reconstrucci√≥n muy fiel de su declaraci√≥n ante el juez Ruz del d√≠a 15 de julio de 2013.

Jordi Casanovas escribió una formidable función teatral con el texto transcrito de dicho interrogatorio. La exitosa obra se titula Ruz-Bárcenas, la produce el Teatro del Barrio, una cooperativa cultural de Lavapiés, Madrid, y está dirigida por Alberto San Juan.

“B” ¬ŅLa verdad no cambia nada?

“B” es¬†una pel√≠cula de bajo presupuesto, financiada en gran medida gracias a la plataforma Verkami, ¬†y aunque es cierto que el hecho de que la acci√≥n transcurra √≠ntegramente en el juzgado puede cansar en momentos puntuales al espectador, hay que decir una cosa: las interpretaciones de Pedro Casablanc (B√°rcenas) y Manolo Solo (Juez Ruz) son tan perfectas, encarnan¬†tan magistralmente¬†a los protagonistas que a menudo te da la sensaci√≥n de estar ante los personajes reales. Por otro lado, la gravedad de lo que se revela, es tan tremenda, que, ya sea por indignaci√≥n, ya sea por sorpresa, el espectador no puede evitar reengancharse al interrogatorio.

La triste verdad es que uno se queda estupefacto al constatar hasta qué punto de pudredumbre puede llegar un gobierno; parece que escuchar cosas como estas:

Juez Ruz¬ŅA qui√©n se los entreg√≥ usted?
B√°rcenas25.000‚ā¨ a Mariano Rajoy y 25.000 a Mar√≠a Dolores de Cospedal.

… sea el pan de cada d√≠a. En la pel√≠cula se revelan muchos secretos, muchos tejemanejes que involucran a las m√°s altas instancias del gobierno con la famosa contabilidad B. Cuando la codicia y la corrupci√≥n se infiltran en las arterias del poder, los ciudadanos se convierten en un mero instrumento que hay que desinformar y distraer para perpetuarse en el trono. Pel√≠cula recomendable para todo ciudadano que quiera conocer¬†lo que realmente est√° pasando.

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The Great European Disaster BBC film

Will Europe descend into the apocalyptic future presented at the beginning of the film?

The Great European Disaster is a BBC fictional film that explores the hypothetical crisis facing the Europen Union. Directed by the Italian journalist and film-maker Annalisa Piras and the former director of The Economist Bill Emmot, the film doesn’t make a case against the EU, but it warns us¬†about the risks and challenges that are threatening the countries and citizens of the Union.

The action takes place in the near future, when the archeologist Charles Granda explains to an eight years old girl the factors that  led to the collapse of the European Union, such as social inequalty, tax evasion, debt, deflation, xenophobia, austerity, the immense power of the status quo or identity challenges across the continent.

Following six different European individuals and their stories, the director shows the immense positives of a Union that has prevented major wars since the end of the Second World War, but also highlights that it is an organisation in need of major reform.



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Best movies about Economy and Finance

Best movies about economy and finance

Economy and finance  have all been depicted on the silver screen several times, and  I’ve done my best to identify the best movies about such issues.

Here¬†is a collection of some of the best movies about economy and finance. They are also a way¬†to bring complicated economic and business information to the general public. Please don’t hesitate to comment on any movie and tell your preferences. You can get¬†more information about the movies by clicking on them.

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Trading places (1983) They’re not just getting rich… They’re getting even

Director: John Landis  Writers: Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy

Trading Places is one of the ¬†funniest movies about the financial world ever made.¬†Yet it’s precisely because it’s an Aykroyd comedy that the whole plot is sometimes senseless. Anyway, if you want to have a good time and don’t analyze too much, it’s a good choice to spend a sunday afternoon.

Assault on Wall Street

Assault on Wall Street (2013) Power. Greed. Justice.

Director: Uwe Boll Writer: Uwe Boll Stars: Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, Edward Furlong

Some say the recent financial crisis proves that the world needs a new financial system, because this one is generating too much  poverty, social inequality, and despair. This is the case of a security guard for an armored truck, Jim (Dominic Purcell), who will give vent to his hatred against Wall Street speculators and a system that has ruined his life.

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With other people’s money (1991) Meet Larry the liquidator. Arrogant. Greedy. Self-centered. Ruthless. You gotta love the guy.

Director: Norman Jewison Writers: Jerry Sterner (play), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Mille

With other people’s money was ¬†based on the play¬†of the same name by Jerry Sterner.¬†Lawrence¬†Garfield, known as “Larry the Liquidator” ¬†(Danny DeVito) is a prosperous¬†corporate raider who has become wealthy¬†buying up companies and selling off their assets. With the help of a computerized stock analyzing program, Garfield has spotted New England Wire & Cable as his next target. The struggling company is run by the benevolent and homey¬†Andrew “Jorgy” Jorgenson (Gregory Peck) who¬†is the primary employer in its small¬†Rhode Island town.

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ŌĬ†(1998) One of the decade’s true originals¬†

Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Darren Aronofsky (story) Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman

Pi is an acclaimed “schizophrenic” thriller that has become a cult film over the years. It tackles issues such as¬†maths, finance, God, nature… in a very original way. A brilliant mathematician teeters on the brink of insanity as he searches for an elusive numerical code that explains almost everything. ¬†Soon he will draw the attention of dark characters who represent even darker interests.



Rogue trader (1999) He’ll risk everything to beat the system!

Director: James Dearden Writers: James Dearden, Nick Leeson  Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton

It is a¬†riveting true story about how greed, excess and high-stakes gambling brought down one of Britain’s oldest and most successful financial institutions. When futures trader Nick Leeson (Ewan¬†McGregor) is sent to Singapore by the 200-year-old Barings Bank, he dreams of making a killing in the stock market. Nick’s firm believes he is the most successful trader they’ve ever employed…but he secretly begins to divert¬†vast amounts of their money to cover his risky financial wagering. With enough debt to match his desperation, Nick risks everything in a frantic bid to beat the system and win back the money.

The wolf of Wall Street (2014) The great American picture of today!

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Director: Martin Scorsese Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie |

Movie based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a particular band of brokers, Belfort makes a big fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his colleagues enjoy a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his kingdom of excess.


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Too big to fail (2011)

Director: Curtis Hanson Writers: Peter Gould, Andrew Ross Sorkin Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt

Too Big to Fail is a U.S. television drama film first broadcast on HBO on May 23, 2011 based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s non-fiction book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System‚ÄĒand Themselves (2009). The film was directed by Curtis Hanson. It received 11 nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards; Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of Ben Bernanke earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Read more…


Wall Street (1987)

Director: Oliver Stone Writers: Stanley Weiser, Oliver Stone Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie

“Greed is good” has gone down in cinema history as one of the most famous and ominous quotes. On the Wall Street of the 1980s, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is an ambitious and impatient stockbroker, willing¬†to make his way to the top. Admiring the power of the unmerciful corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Fox suduces¬†Gekko into mentoring him by providing insider trading. As Fox becomes embroiled in greed and underhanded schemes, his decisions eventually threaten the livelihood of his honest ¬†father (Martin Sheen). Faced with this dilemma, Fox starts¬†quostioning Gekko’s coaching.

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Boiler Room (2000) It’s “Wall Street” for the new millennium

Director: Ben Younger Writer: Ben Younger Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long

A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.

Margin call (2011) Be first. Be smarter. Be cheat.

Director: J.C. Chandor Writer: J.C. Chandor Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey


Once Sullivan analyzes the data, he realizes the universal gravity of Dale’s warning – that the firm is so over-committed to underwater mortgage-backed securities that the total potential loss exceeds the firm’s total market capitalization value. In other words, the projected scenario means the firm will soon owe a lot more than it’s worth, and the market will be on the verge of an apocalyptic meltdown. What happens after this discovery is a series of sharply intense clandestine confrontations with each level of higher-ups recognizing the ramifications of the inevitable disaster, each one far more nuanced in character than we are used to seeing in films from Oliver Stone about greed and immorality. Blessedly, Chandor doesn’t stoop to the customary stereotypes in this corporate cage match, but what he does manage is capture the moral compass underneath each player by way of a cast that really delivers the goods with powerfully implosive performances. Read more.

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Concursante / Contestant (2007)

Director: Rodrigo Cortés Writer: Rodrigo Cortés Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Chete Lera, Miryam Gallego

SYNOPSIS: Martin is an average¬†guy with an average job and a long standing girlfriend, but his life is turned upside down when he wins a quiz show and prizes in abundance that value almost 4 million dollars. However, the tax authorities expect to receive half the value of the prizes at the end of the financial year. Since all of the prizes are not in hard cash he starts a mad cap race to free himself from the sudden financial burden. But his life becomes a roller-coaster ride when his girlfriend starts spending the cash value of the prizes at the same rate he is frantically trying to sell them. …The Contestant ( Concursante

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Le capital (2012) Director: Costa-Gavras Writers: Karim Boukercha, Costa-Gavras (screenplay) Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede

SYNOPSIS: The film describes an executive who becomes the CEO of a large bank, only to upset the bank’s board of directors when he begins to take unilateral control in the bank, laying off many of the employees and making a corrupt deal with the head of an American hedge fund. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, …Capital ( Le capital )


The Big Short (2015)

In 2005, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovers that the United States housing market based in subprime loans, is extremely precarious. Eventually he comes up with a shoking idea that will make him -and his investors- rich.

This drama, based on the book The big short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

Money Monster (2016)

Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on trading and Wall Street is forcefully interrogated by  a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip


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El lobo de Wall Street crítica


Se ha estrenado en Espa√Īa el Lobo de Wall Street (The Wolf of Wall Street).¬†Dirigida por Martin Scorsese y protagonizada por Leonardo di Caprio, Jonah Hill y Margot Robbie, entre otros. Est√° basada en la autobiograf√≠a de Jordan Belfort y abarca desde su ascenso a acaudalado corredor de bolsa de Nueva York a su contundente ca√≠da, cuando se ve implicado en el crimen, el blanqueo de dinero y la corrupci√≥n.

Di Caprio interpreta al protagonista, ¬†Jordan Belfort, y Jonah Hill a su socio en¬†Stratton Oakmont, Kenny Greene.¬†El film, como la vida misma de Jordan Belfort es delirante, obsceno (prostituci√≥n, drogas, corrupci√≥n, pocos escr√ļpulos financieros y comerciales)… y corre el riesgo de mitificar a un personaje que, al fin y al cabo, se enriqueci√≥ vendiendo acciones de dudosa calidad a peque√Īos inversores incautos y, probablemente, sin los suficientes conocimientos financieros.¬†Por el contrario el √≠ntegro agente federal interpretado por Kyle Chandler, representante de la SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), que es, a mi modo de ver, el aut√©ntico h√©roe, queda relegado a un segundo o tercer plano.

De todos modos, si se ve la película con espíritu crítico, hay que decir que no deja margen al aburrimiento, que el tándem Scorsese-di Caprio vuelve a funcionar y que Jonah Hill, que interpreta al socio Kenny Greene, está enorme, simplemente genial en su interpretación (a mi modo de ver, lo mejor de la película).

Le pongo un 4 sobre 5.

El lobo de Wall street