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In 1986, a widowed man comes back to his home town in Argentina, Rosario. His seven year old son was recovered from "false parents" by the deceased mother's family, with whom he now lives: ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Mónica Alfonso ...
La abuela
Raúl Calandra
Gabriel De Lourdes
Lucrecia Fontana ...
Matías Grappa ...
Mariana Gómez ...
Marina Gómez ...
Tito Gómez ...
El viejo
Melina Mailhou ...
María José
Carolina Minella ...
Carlos Resta
Juan Rodríguez ...


In 1986, a widowed man comes back to his home town in Argentina, Rosario. His seven year old son was recovered from "false parents" by the deceased mother's family, with whom he now lives: his maternal grandmother and aunt. The man tries to readjust to his new reality, and that of his friends and family, two years after his wife's disappearance, and after his own departure from town. While attempting to construct a relationship with the son he'd never seen, the man makes up with his own father, and old friends. But he never forgets his wife, her strange disappearance, and mysterious death. Written by Guy33134

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Excellent performances accentuate exceptional family drama
17 December 2004 | by (São Paulo, BR) – See all my reviews

This film is well structured and very well written. Though the narrative is not linear, the story is easy to follow as flashbacks occur, revealing pieces of the truth right up to the final scenes, though the ultimate truth is (arguably) never obviously revealed.

Making the juxtaposed scenes easy to follow is owed mainly to the excellent performances given by the main characters, so distinctive that no confusion of characters is possible. The sombre, decadent ambiance of mid-80s Rosario is superbly captured, as yet another main character. But no character is totally explored, giving the film a suspenseful and mysterious air.

This approach is so refreshing, that the movie avoids the stigma or stereotyping of yet another Argentine dirty war drama. That is, the "lost child," disappeared parent(s), courageous grandmother recovered child, then traumatized child introduced to the "real family."

In fact, the movie is so subtle that it is not clear whether the child mother's fate was politically or criminally motivated despite the scene showing the infamous Naval Academy where hundreds (or thousands) were held, tortured and even killed by the military dictatorship. Nor is it revealed whether the father (a former cop; this fact rapidly stated in an easily overlooked one time line) had anything to do with his wife's capture.

In fact, whether the man's 2 years in jail were directly related to his wife's appearance and ultimately death, is never confirmed, in my view.

The ensemble cast is uniformly outstanding; not surprisingly since at least two of Argentina's greatest actors are in the cast.... A thought provoking film, which deserves a lot more exposure and recognition than it got.

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