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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:
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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 »


Roberto: Where's Gaby?
Alicia: Horrible, isn't it?
Roberto: What's horrible?
Alicia: Not knowing where your daughter is!
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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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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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