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The Girlfriend (1988)

La amiga (original title)
María and Pancho are a happily married couple in a quiet, working-class suburb south of Buenos Aires, circa 1978. They share the grief over the disappearance of their eldest son Carlos.

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Jeanine Meerapfel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Ullmann ... María
Cipe Lincovsky ... Raquel
Federico Luppi ... Pancho
Lito Cruz ... Kommissar Tito
Víctor Laplace ... Diego
Cristina Murta Cristina Murta ... 1. Mutter
Nicolas Frei Nicolas Frei ... Chef der Spezialeinheit
Harry Baer ... Raquel Freund in Berlin
Gregor Hansen Gregor Hansen ... Alemán
Chela Cardalda Chela Cardalda ... 2. Mutter
Amancay Espíndola Amancay Espíndola ... 3. Mutter
Gonzalo Arguimbau Gonzalo Arguimbau ... Carlos
Fernán Mirás ... Pedro
Victoria Solarz Victoria Solarz ... Raquelita
María Carla Bustos María Carla Bustos ... Maria als Kind
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María and Pancho are a happily married couple in a quiet, working-class suburb south of Buenos Aires, circa 1978. They share the grief over the disappearance of their eldest son Carlos.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Argentina | West Germany

Language:

German | Spanish

Release Date:

13 April 1989 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girlfriend See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

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 62nd Academy Awards in 1990. See more »

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common women, uncommon courage
3 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Two childhood friends from Argentina, a renowned actress and a middle class housewife, find their relationship tested by the repressive politics of a military dictatorship: the actress Raquel is forced into exile and obscurity in Europe, while the drab Maria becomes a devoted activist with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo after her son is arrested. The film is more interested in getting its message across than in presenting a memorable story, shortchanging its genuine dramatic potential in favor of too many simple (if heartfelt) gestures of solidarity (an intrusive, histrionic music score doesn't help). But even dubbed into Spanish Liv Ullmann rises above the often banal plot conflicts (Can Raquel and Maria remain friends? Will Maria's activism jeopardize her marriage?) to convey the uncommon courage of a common woman living in a country where people show more emotion over World Cup soccer scores than about the brutality of their secret police forces.


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