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The Official Story (1985)
"La historia oficial" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  8 November 1985 (USA)
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After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ...
Roberto
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Alicia
Chunchuna Villafañe ...
Ana
Hugo Arana ...
Enrique
Guillermo Battaglia ...
Jose
Chela Ruíz ...
Sara
Patricio Contreras ...
Benitez
María Luisa Robledo ...
Nata
Aníbal Morixe ...
Miller
Jorge Petraglia ...
Macci
Analia Castro ...
Gaby
Daniel Lago ...
Dante
Augusto Larreta ...
General
Laura Palmucci ...
Rosa
Leal Rey ...
Cura
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Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez is a high school history professor and a well-to-do housewife in Buenos Aires, circa 1983, after the fall of the "junta militar" that had taken over the government since 1976. She has a husband, Roberto, who is a succesful lawyer and a five-year-old adopted daughter. Written by Miguel Cane

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The house where Alicia, Roberto and Gaby live is actually the house of the director, Luis Puenzo. See more »

Quotes

Roberto: Where's Gaby?
Alicia: Horrible, isn't it?
Roberto: What's horrible?
Alicia: Not knowing where your daughter is!
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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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Hard to forget
22 January 2002 | by (Bella Vista, Argentina) – See all my reviews

"Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears"... I watched "La historia oficial" more than 10 times, and weep the 10 of them. One can say that it's a dark, slow movie. Most Latin films are. This one is not the exception, therefore we must understand it's style, not popular around the world. However, great pictures can be made under this style, even greater that many other American movies of the same topic. Luis Puenzo's portrait of a post dictatorship family is the best example of this. Hector Alterio and Norma Aleandro are incredible, as mother and father to an adopted child of unknown past. As the truth starts to pop up after the fall of the cruel and pagan military government, Alicia (Norma) starts investigating what happened to her daughter's real parents. As she goes on searching for the truth, she realizes that his husband, a former military officer, knew lots of the answers beforehand. The movie fairly got the Oscar and Norma Aleandro jumped into fame winning at Cannes. Luis Puenzo also went on to Hollywood. However, he never adopted to the American style, and "La Historia Oficial" remains as his best movie. A must see in Latin history.


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