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Iluminados por el fuego (2005)

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

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Pablo Ribba ...
Alberto Vargas
César Albarracín ...
Juan Chamorro
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Teniente Pizarro
Virginia Innocenti ...
Marta / Maria Vargas
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Doctor Prina
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Mario Chaparro
Tony Lestingi
Carlos Garmendia ...
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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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When a British Hawker Harrier strafes Argentinian soldiers on a beach, there are no explosions. The Hawker Harriers deployed to the Falkland Islands War were equipped with 2 Royal Small Arms Factory 3.0 cm ADEN cannons, which fire explosive rounds as well as shot. See more »

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As fiction, entertaining. Unfortunately it was announced as a true story.
24 February 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

When it was announced the release of this film, it was an interesting proposal from the Argentine side because little or nothing of that time except the film "Los Chicos de la Guerra" based on the book of the same name with accounts of conscripted soldiers that fought in the war. "Blessed by Fire" was intended to do the same based on the story of an Argentinian soldier. Comrades of the Author loudly said that events portrayed in this movie are not true to what actually happened. Further, they said the author never was in battle and managed to replace his guard post by another soldier named Vallejos who dies that same night in the hands of the enemy. Of The South Atlantic War there are few films but what is regrettable is that this one was made with public funds and distorts real facts , showing how cowardly those who really were not is almost an act of treason promoted with taxpayer money. On the other hand, the British have made several films that tried to reflect what happened in those years, altering some facts as shown at the governor's house in "An Ungentlemanly Act to enhance the action of the Royal Marines but never altering facts to altered them fully. Another movie "Tumbledown" based on the history of the British Lieutenant Robert Lawrence is an excellent choice if you are looking for a film based on true facts and shows the real consequences of war delivering an universal message, it is safe to say that was highly criticized in Britain precisely not to glorify war and carried out by the BBC. Conclusion on "Blessed by Fire": Film to forget. I am still waiting a film from Argentina that portraits heroes and cowards but based on real accounts.


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