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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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The first ever film from Argentina to win an Academy Award. This was for Best Foreign Language Film. 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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Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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The human face of political cinema
3 December 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Official Story is an excellent example of how to mix political cinema with human drama, avoiding agitprop or crude sloganeering to put a human face on the issue of Argentina's disappeared - in particular the children taken away from undesirables and given to well-connected families who won't ask any questions. When one well-heeled adopted mother learns of this and begins to suspect that her adopted daughter may be one of those children, rather than turn into a sermon the film focuses on her own fears as she tries to disprove the possibility until ultimately she is in the same uncertain hell as the families of the disappeared - she can suspect, but she can never truly know.

Although some of the devices may seem a little too schematic - she's a history teacher who depends solely on the 'verifiable' official version of her country's history - it wears them lightly and is often extremely powerful. The Best Foreign Film Oscar has a rather dubious history, but this is definitely one of the more deserving winners.


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