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Ashes of Paradise (1997)

Cenizas del paraíso (original title)
A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who... See full summary »


Marcelo Piñeyro
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ... Judge Costa Makantasis
Cecilia Roth ... Juez Beatriz Teller
Leonardo Sbaraglia ... Pablo Makantasis
Daniel Kuzniecka ... Nicolás Makantasis
Leticia Brédice ... Ana Muro
Alejo García Pintos Alejo García Pintos ... Yeti
Nicolás Abeles Nicolás Abeles ... Alejandro Makantasis
Jorge Marrale ... Francisco Muro
Chela Ruíz ... Isabel Güemes
Rita Cortese ... Mirta
Horacio Roca Horacio Roca ... Iriarte
Mónica Scapparone Mónica Scapparone ... Carolina Miranda
María Fiorentino María Fiorentino ... Hilda
Emilio Bardi Emilio Bardi ... Méndez
José María Monje José María Monje ... Guard Cacho


A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse. A woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who is determined to discover the truth. Written by Marcos Eduardo Acosta Aldrete

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Dos horribles asesinatos. Tres asesinos confesos. Un juez para descubrir la verdad. [Two gruesome murders. Three self-confessed murderers. One judge to uncover the truth] (Spanish VHS release cover) See more »


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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 70th Academy Awards in 1998. See more »


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Mystery fills the story with suspense
23 May 2011 | by nicolas-prandiSee all my reviews

Three Argentine brothers fall into the hands of a female judge, each individually claiming to be guilty of the murder of a powerful man's daughter. Having these three men in custody, the body of the dead girl, and the news that the brothers' father, who is also a judge, was also killed, Judge Teller finds herself in trying to unravel the complex mystery. The mystery which is presented with great passion and chaos from the very start of the film, is slowly unraveled by showing the main characters' individual perspectives of the previous week or so, one at a time. By showing one piece of the puzzle at a time, Marcelo Piñeyro builds up much suspense and pushes the audience to try to guess what the missing pieces will be. The story demonstrates what could happen to extremely close-knit families, such as the three men and their father, when certain destructive circumstances or people make their way into their lives. Although certain family bonds may be bent and weakened through such circumstances, these bonds are by no means easily broken.

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Release Date:

7 August 1997 (Argentina) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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