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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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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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8 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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Overcoming the banality of evil, corruption in adoption
16 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

La Historia Official is a well-made film about awakening from passive complicity in evil, in this case, forced adoption. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo were and are an inspiration to those who struggle to uncover and resist abuses in adoption practices, be they the enslaved Irish women of the Magdalen laundries or the many indigenous peoples who had children forcibly removed from homes to be adopted by whites. Most of adoption does not involve abduction, but to turn a blind eye to the fact that it does exist, is to be passively complicit, as was the protagonist in this film.

The scene in which the teacher realizes that tremendous evil has indeed been perpetrated, and that she may very well be the beneficiary of such evil, is staggering. Norma Aleandro is a talented enough actress that we believe her initial rejection of this revelation, and her gradual evolution from passive cohort to courageous seeker of the truth.


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