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

R  |   |  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

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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Storyline

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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A truth too frightening to ignore. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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This movie had won the Oscar in March 24, 1986. Ten years ago, in March 24, 1976, it began the military dictatorship, also knows as "The Dirty War" in Argentina, which lasted between 1976-1983. See more »

Quotes

Alicia: Time for bed, Gaby.
Gaby: Just a little longer. One more story.
Ana: The one about the invisible paint? This paint makes things invisible. For instance, we paint your bed and it vanishes. Then mommy will think you're sleeping in mid-air.
Gaby: Mommy, is she like Dolores? Is she your "divided" friend?
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El pais del nome acuerdo
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Overcoming the banality of evil, corruption in adoption
16 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

La Historia Official is a well-made film about awakening from passive complicity in evil, in this case, forced adoption. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo were and are an inspiration to those who struggle to uncover and resist abuses in adoption practices, be they the enslaved Irish women of the Magdalen laundries or the many indigenous peoples who had children forcibly removed from homes to be adopted by whites. Most of adoption does not involve abduction, but to turn a blind eye to the fact that it does exist, is to be passively complicit, as was the protagonist in this film.

The scene in which the teacher realizes that tremendous evil has indeed been perpetrated, and that she may very well be the beneficiary of such evil, is staggering. Norma Aleandro is a talented enough actress that we believe her initial rejection of this revelation, and her gradual evolution from passive cohort to courageous seeker of the truth.


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