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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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A truth too frightening to ignore. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the second film from Argentina to win a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1986. The previous one was La mujer de las camelias (1953). See more »

Quotes

Alicia: Dolores is lucky to have such a devoted friend as you.
Gaby: What does "divided" mean?
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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 »

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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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A powerful film
24 November 2003 | by rebmclarSee all my reviews

It was enchanting the amount of effort that Alicia put into learning about where exactly her adopted daughter came from. This devotion shows the motherly love and interest that Alicia has towards her daughter. I felt some tension arising when Alicia was becoming particularly curious about her daughter's origin. Roberto seemed unbending to his wife's interrogation about the true identity of Ana, the little girl. By Roberto's actions and evidence she personally gathers, Alicia begins to suspect that the father of their daughter may have been taken from a woman who is among Argentina's "disappeared," which was likely a victim of violent political repression.

Films like these can be taken for what they are. However, let me warn you that although `La Historia Oficial' was based on true stories, be careful to assume that all of the facts and evidence that you see in the film are true. I myself enjoyed watching this movie for my Spanish conversation class, because it opened us up to a large floor of discussion. It was truly fascinating that the film provided us with the opportunity to express our opinions about so many controversial issues. I recommend `La Historia Oficial' to anyone, because I believe you can learn a great deal about a nation that feared its recent past.


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