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Made in Argentina (1987)

Osvaldo and Mabel, an Argentine couple exiled for political reasons in the United States, travel to their country of origin after ten years to reconnect with their family and friends, ... See full summary »

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Juan José Jusid
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Credited cast:
Luis Brandoni ... Osvaldo
Marta Bianchi ... Mabel
Leonor Manso ... Yoli - cuñada
Patricio Contreras ... El negro - cuñado
Hugo Arana
Mario Luciani Mario Luciani
Alberto Busaid Alberto Busaid
Gabriela Flores Gabriela Flores
Alejo García Pintos Alejo García Pintos
Frank Vincent
Jorge Rivera López Jorge Rivera López
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrés Ares Andrés Ares ... Muchacho en Avión 3
Leonor Miniño Leonor Miniño
Marzenka Novak Marzenka Novak
Roxana Randon Roxana Randon
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Osvaldo and Mabel, an Argentine couple exiled for political reasons in the United States, travel to their country of origin after ten years to reconnect with their family and friends, including "el Negro", Mabel's brother, and his wife, " the Yoli ». Mabel offers her brother the possibility of working in New York with the aim of improving their economic situation, but his wife is opposed. Written by Sebastian Incaurgarat

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 May 1987 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in Lanus See more »

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Progress Communications See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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El Negro: And you wouldn't believe how the gringos suffer because of that. They get together everyday and cry for two hours, because the only mention of their name makes La Yoli from Lanus want to puke!
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The pain of leaving one's country
29 October 2011 | by hof-4See all my reviews

During the last half century many Argentines had to leave their country for Europe or the US, on some cases for better working conditions, in others as a result of political persecution. Between 1976 and 1981 "political persecution" meant "at best" prison, at worst torture and assassination. The ones who could leave were lucky to have some sort of advance warning.

Transplanting oneself to a new country implies abandoning one's support system (friends and relatives) and creating another support system with new friends and no relatives (except for immediate family). There are also adaptation problems related to new language, new job, new mores. The problem is compounded when going back to one's country becomes possible; returning means another change of jobs (with possible diminution of salary and status), re-adaptation to one's native country (which has changed in the meantime), etc.

Unfortunately, this movie addresses the problem in an overly simplistic and melodramatic way. Good actors like Luis Brandoni and Leonor Manso are fed interminable speeches and dialogs loaded with soap opera clichés and the emigration experience is depicted as almost necessarily implying one's loss of identity. This subject deserves a more intelligent treatment.

The expression 'Made in Argentina" of the title has a somewhat ironic connotation; it means pride in a local product (or person, or idea) as opposed to something "made in the USA". The movie is based on the play "Made in Lanús", a sentence with similar meaning (Lanús is a working class suburb of Buenos Aires). Both the play and the movie have been very popular in Argentina.


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