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Imagining Argentina (2003)

Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.

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Cast

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Eurydice
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Orfeo / Enrico
Hector Bordoni ...
Pedro Augustín (as Héctor Bordoni)
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Carlos Rueda
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Esme Palomares (as Marí'a Canals)
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Silvio Ayala
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Teresa Rueda
Anthony Diaz-Perez ...
Policeman 1 (as Anthony Díaz Pérez)
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Policeman 2
Carlos Kaniowsky ...
Rubén Mendoza (as Carlos Kaniowski)
Stella Maris ...
Concepta Madrid
Concha Hidalgo ...
Octavio Marquez's Grandmother
Ana Gracia ...
Hannah Masson
Horacio Obón ...
Victor Madrid
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Storyline

Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.

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An extraordinary story of love, compassion and danger.


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Rated R for violence/torture and brief language | See all certifications »
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16 April 2004 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu na Argentina  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When it became clear that two additional scenes would help the script, a) the quarrel about whether Cecilia should publish her article and b) the flashback scene why the Cecilia and Carlos got married, there was a little competition going on between 'Christopher Hampton' and 'Emma Thompson', who both wrote their versions of those scenes. Emma Thompson's version of the flashback scene finally was agreed on. See more »

Goofs

When Cecilia is seen by Carlos in the roof of "Casa Rosada", there is a modern surveillance camera near the characters. Those cameras were not available in 1976. See more »

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An Englishman's Argentina
16 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Imagining Argentina turns out to be exactly the movie suggested by the title... a not-too-literal outsider's take on what the extra-judicial disappearances in 1970s Argentina might have been like. As a result, it will potentially be highly annoying to anyone with any connection to Argentina - not only do the actors contrive to speak in an irritatingly accented English, but several key scenes play (deliberately?) fast and loose with history. This in itself is not necessarily a problem - after all we were warned by the title not to expect a historically literal film - but in my view the resulting mish-mash of the plausible and the implausible is not particularly successful.

That said, the film does fulfil the director's stated purpose of drawing world attention to a dark period of Argentina's history - maybe it's worthwhile just for that.


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