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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The movie was released on 3 April 1985, the same day that the first judgments were made against the military men in Argentina. See more »


Ana: [to Roberto] Gaby is wonderful. She says I'm the "divided" friend.
Alicia: [laughing] She can't pronounce devoted. She loves the word and uses it constantly.
Roberto: Will you be staying?
Ana: I don't know yet.
Roberto: You're looking good. I never saw you in a skirt before. Europe was good for you, wasn't it? It seems to have polished up your edges.
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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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16 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Its hard to convey just how moving this movie is. Its absolutely haunting, I thought about this flick for days afterwards. I don't think it represents the experiences of many Argentines during the era of the juntas, but it clearly shows how awful those times were and why Argentines never want to return to that situation again.

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