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 overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ...
Chunchuna Villafañe ...
Hugo Arana ...
Guillermo Battaglia ...
Chela Ruíz ...
Patricio Contreras ...
María Luisa Robledo ...
Aníbal Morixe ...
Jorge Petraglia ...
Analia Castro ...
Daniel Lago ...
Augusto Larreta ...
Laura Palmucci ...
Leal Rey ...


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 »


Drama | History | War


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Second Argentina's movie Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film in 1986. See more »


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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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »


El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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Extraordinary film about courage in the face of death
9 March 2004 | by (Carmel, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in my first-year Spanish class. I love all kinds of movies, both international and domestic. This is by far one of the best movies I have seen in the international field with particular focus on the character development of one woman who seems to have everything. In coming to terms with the truth of her lifestyle and the high price others have paid for her comfort, she becomes a heroine who must give up almost everything she has loved and felt identified who she is. This movie is both heartbreaking and reassuring for its audience. I highly recommend it as a thoughtful depiction of how ignoring politics can imply inadvertently becoming an accomplice.

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