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The suicide of an old soldier buddy brings up some old memories for an Argentinian man.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Gastón Pauls ...
Esteban Leguizamón
Pablo Riva ...
Alberto Vargas
César Albarracín ...
Juan Chamorro
Víctor Hugo Carrizo ...
Teniente Pizarro
Virginia Innocenti ...
Marta / Maria Vargas
Juan Leyrado ...
Teniente Alurralde
Arturo Bonín ...
Doctor Prina
Jon Lucas ...
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Mario Chaparro
Tony Lestingi
Carlos Garmendia ...
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Lautaro Delgado
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Oscar Acuna
Marcos Damian Alias
Gabriel Casal
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Blessed By Fire is the story of two young men sent to fight the 1982 war in the Falkland Islands (or as they are known in Argentina, the Malvinas) who return home bearing the brutal scars of war. Twenty years after the war's end, journalist Esteban Leguizamón is informed that Alberto Vargas, one of the men he served with, has attempted to commit suicide after suffering from years of depression brought on by his experiences in the war. Esteban visits the comatose Vargas at the hospital, and in a series of extended flashbacks, revisits the scene of Argentina's "unwinnable war." Esteban and fellow soldiers Vargas and Juan are living in foxholes on the remote, windswept Falklands, battling hunger, boredom, abuse, and the deprivations of war as they await the arrival of British forces. A series of harrowing battle scenes with British forces ensue, and the Argentines realize the futility and violence of their mission. They're cannon fodder, overwhelmed, outnumbered, pawns in a futile ... Written by Koch Lorber Films

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Leguizamón mentions that over 290 veterans had committed suicide after the war, and indicates that this is the same as the name number of casualties there during the war. Argentine casualties during the war totalled 649, of which 321 were killed when the General Belgrano was sunk. If Leguizamón was counting only the casualties on the Falklands themselves, his figure is roughly correct. Source: Wikipedia See more »

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The sweat patterns on Leguizamón's jacket change in the two shots immediately after he leaves the infirmary. See more »

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20 March 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Iluminados por el fuego shows a reality that has been forgotten for many years in Argentina. A military Government that should be over is trying to continue in power trough an unforgivable sin. The blood of the young conscripts.

It's unbelievable that the Argentinian society was blinded of the truth of what happened.

Argentina will recover the islands, i have no doubt of it, but only when the people finally understand what happened and why it happened

As a message to the world, for a war that should never happen, please, see this movie.


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