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Language Lessons
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Language Lessons

Directed by Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation) and written in collaboration with her co-star Mark Duplass (The Morning Show, Safety Not Guaranteed), 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 (Duplass) receives a surprise gift from his choreographer partner: 100 weekly Spanish lessons with Cariño (Morales), a vivacious expat who teaches virtually from her home in Costa Rica. Adam is unconvinced at first; a self-described “creature-of-habit”, he’s unsure 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.

Natalie Morales
Mark Duplass, Natalie Morales
91 min | Comedy, Drama | USA | 2021 | Spanish with English subtitles
Graced with charm and genuine heart. The empathy invested in both characters pulls you in.
The Hollywood Reporter


Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival 2021
Audience Award, Provincetown International Film Festival 2021
BFI London Film Festival 2021