Films 2021

Language Lessons

Runtime:
91 min.
Year of Production:
2020
Country:
USA
Director:
Cast:

Mark Duplass
Desean Terry
Production Company:
A History In Trauma LLC
Berlinale Section:
Special
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

When Adam’s husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his well-structured life. However, when an unexpected tragedy turns his life upside down, Adam decides to carry on with the lessons and develops a complicated emotional bond with his Spanish teacher, Cariño. But do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them?
A tight-knit production team is behind this clever film that revisits the classic set-up of an unlikely friendship between a woman and a man. Cuban-American actor Natalie Morales, who is also the film’s director, has previously worked with her co-star and co-writer Mark Duplass on the HBO series Room 104. This level of comfort and trust becomes apparent in the fluidity of the film’s narration, whose shifts from comedy to drama echo the ups and downs of life. It is also shown in the actors’ heartfelt performances, with the two protagonists gradually growing in depth and adapting to each other. Morales cunningly uses the film’s unusual format to observe this evolving relationship from different angles, both literally and figuratively. Bittersweet, honest and at times darkly funny, Language Lessons is a disarmingly moving exploration of platonic love.

BIOGRAFIE Natalie Morales

The actor, director, writer and activist played her first leading role in 2008 in the series The Middleman. There followed appearances in White Collar, Parks and Recreation, Abby, The Newsroom, Girls and Santa Clarita Diet. Most recently, she has been seen in the action blockbuster Stuber and the series Dead to Me. She has directed episodes in the series James Joyce’s Love Letters, Room 104 and Mr. Student Body President. She is also a member of the Creative Council of Everytown for Gun Safety which campaigns against gun violence in the USA.

FILMOGRAFIE Natalie Morales (selection)

2020 Language Lessons  2020 Room 104; TV series, 1 episode  2018 Mr. Student Body President; TV series, several episodes  2018 Room 104; TV series, 1 episode  2014 James Joyce’s Love Letters; TV series 

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