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The Official Story (1985)

La historia oficial (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 November 1985 (USA)
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:
Guillermo Battaglia ...
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 Official Story  »

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The filming of the movie began in 1983, the same year that the military dictatorship ended in Argentina. The filming was cancelled due to the threats received by the director, actors and particularly to Analia Castro's family. It was announced that filming was cancelled, but production continued in secret until 1985. 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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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »


El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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10 August 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I cry each time I watch this film. (The scene with Norma Aleandro and the baby clothes) Always gets me. An American film-maker would have made a film about one of the "desaparecidos" (disappeared ones) - but Puenzo is too sharp for that - by making a film about one of the quietly complicit, he has indicted all of us who are aware that things aren't quite right in the world, but choose to ignore the fact...and do nothing. Devastating, political and yet personal. My all-time favorite film.

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