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The Official Story (1985)

La historia oficial (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 November 1985 (USA)
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During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

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Luis Puenzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ... Roberto
Norma Aleandro ... Alicia
Chunchuna Villafañe ... Ana
Hugo Arana ... Enrique
Guillermo Battaglia ... Jose
Chela Ruíz ... Sara
Patricio Contreras ... Benitez
María Luisa Robledo ... Nata
Aníbal Morixe Aníbal Morixe ... Miller
Jorge Petraglia Jorge Petraglia ... Macci
Analia Castro Analia Castro ... Gaby
Daniel Lago Daniel Lago ... Dante
Augusto Larreta Augusto Larreta ... General
Laura Palmucci Laura Palmucci ... Rosa
Leal Rey Leal Rey ... Cura
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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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Our Moving Story See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Official Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985

Gross USA:

$29,426

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,832
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Restored Blu-Ray Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 58th Academy Awards in 1986. 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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Alternate Versions

The 2015 restoration is extended by 2 minutes due to the inclusion of restoration credits at the beginning and end of the film. The opening restoration credits play over the opening scenes in Alicia's classroom. During the restoration end credits, the background goes black and the instrumental version of 'El país de nomeacuerdo' is looped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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Thought-provoking
13 November 2003 | by k_perkins33See all my reviews

This dramatic and powerful film touches the heart of anybody who has investigated their own life and has had to confront the issues they uncover. The personal struggle that the main character, Alicia, goes through in discovering the truth about her adoptive child is heart-wrenching. She battles within herself and with society to come to a personal understanding of her responsibility to her child and how the world works. Alicia's struggle also serves to make each and every one of us think about our own lives and how the actions we take have greater effects on the world as a whole. The fact that this movie is based on historical truth makes it an even more emotional story and I believe that the movie serves as a testimony to all those who have been affected by the situation. Although the film tells a personal story, it symbolizes all of the affected people of Argentina and throughout the world who have experienced similar saddening events and losses. The film serves to educate the public about such tragedies while also conveying a personal message. I learned a lot about the history of Argentina and, although I have never experienced such events in my personal life, I was able to easily relate to the characters in the film. I understand how difficult it is to feel cheated from something and to struggle internally with your own actions. I think that everybody in their own life is trying to come to an ultimate truth of where they come from, who they are, and who they want to be. I believe that by the end of the film Alicia has answered these questions in how they pertain to her own life and to her family. This is a great film and I highly recommend it!


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