7.8/10
5,056
46 user 17 critic

The Official Story (1985)

La historia oficial (original title)
After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Camila (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, he ... See full summary »

Director: María Luisa Bemberg
Stars: Susú Pecoraro, Imanol Arias, Héctor Alterio
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro
Garage Olimpo (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the 70's, eighteen year-old Maria Fabiani lives with her French mother Diane in an old house in Buenos Aires, subletting rooms and giving classes to illiterate adults in the slums. One ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bechis
Stars: Antonella Costa, Carlos Echevarría, Enrique Piñeyro
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera
Stars: Alejo García Pintos, Vita Escardó, Pablo Novak
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Each member of this family tries to endorse someone else to care for the old Mother.

Director: Alejandro Doria
Stars: Luis Brandoni, China Zorrilla, Antonio Gasalla
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The goalkeeper of a little-known soccer team is kidnapped by a Argentinean government squad and sent to a detention center. After months of torture, he plots his escape with three other young men.

Director: Adrián Caetano
Stars: Rodrigo De la Serna, Pablo Echarri, Nazareno Casero
Nine Queens (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a social and sports club in a Buenos Aires neighborhood and of those who try to save it from being closed.

Director: Juan José Campanella
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Eduardo Blanco, Mercedes Morán
Kamchatka (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film is seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, Harry (Matías del Pozo), who does not know that Argentina's 1976 coup d'état is impacting his life. After witnessing the "... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro
Stars: Ricardo Darín, Cecilia Roth, Héctor Alterio
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro
Stars: Héctor Alterio, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

Director: Eliseo Subiela
Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Inés Vernengo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic governments launched a series of reforms purporting to turn Argentina into the world's most liberal and prosperous... See full summary »

Director: Fernando E. Solanas
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Fernando E. Solanas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ...
Roberto
...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A truth too frightening to ignore. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Official Story  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The house where Alicia, Roberto and Gaby live is actually the house of the director, Luis Puenzo. See more »

Quotes

Alicia: Dolores is lucky to have such a devoted friend as you.
Gaby: What does "divided" mean?
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hard to forget
22 January 2002 | by (Bella Vista, Argentina) – See all my reviews

"Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears"... I watched "La historia oficial" more than 10 times, and weep the 10 of them. One can say that it's a dark, slow movie. Most Latin films are. This one is not the exception, therefore we must understand it's style, not popular around the world. However, great pictures can be made under this style, even greater that many other American movies of the same topic. Luis Puenzo's portrait of a post dictatorship family is the best example of this. Hector Alterio and Norma Aleandro are incredible, as mother and father to an adopted child of unknown past. As the truth starts to pop up after the fall of the cruel and pagan military government, Alicia (Norma) starts investigating what happened to her daughter's real parents. As she goes on searching for the truth, she realizes that his husband, a former military officer, knew lots of the answers beforehand. The movie fairly got the Oscar and Norma Aleandro jumped into fame winning at Cannes. Luis Puenzo also went on to Hollywood. However, he never adopted to the American style, and "La Historia Oficial" remains as his best movie. A must see in Latin history.


29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Junta Militar sanclovis
shocked by the lack of post, this movie IS GREAT! juanveliz7
Why was the old man killed? beckerroscow
Question about movie sarahito
So my teacher made us watch this in class... apple2991
Sequel kristachan-1
Discuss The Official Story (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?