Parents' Guide to

The Little Switzerland

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Offbeat Spanish satire has language and sex.

Movie NR 2019 86 minutes
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This confusing, odd movie is unlikely to interest teens. The Spanish townspeople of The Little Switzerland are presented for the most part as petty idiots who long to be aligned with the Basque culture of Spain and then just as ardently switch their collective longing to a desire to become Swiss, and there's only so much time viewers are likely to want to spend time with idiots. A comic score accompanies the shenanigans, with jaunty tunes that make the foolish people seem even more foolish, so there really is no character to care about nor any outcome to wish for.

Teens, like most who try to watch this, will probably be mystified by the fuss about the Basque and then Swiss yearnings. Perhaps a short course on the history of Europe could explain the nuances, but the quality of this movie is unlikely to inspire anyone to make the effort.

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