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Blessed by Fire (2005)

Iluminados por el fuego (original title)
The suicide of an old soldier buddy brings up some old memories for an Argentinian man.

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Tristán Bauer
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Credited cast:
Gastón Pauls ... Esteban Leguizamón
Pablo Ribba Pablo Ribba ... Alberto Vargas
César Albarracín César Albarracín ... Juan Chamorro
Víctor Hugo Carrizo ... Teniente Pizarro
Virginia Innocenti ... Marta / Maria Vargas
Juan Leyrado ... Teniente Alurralde
Arturo Bonín ... Doctor Prina
Jon Lucas Jon Lucas ... (voice)
Mario Chaparro Mario Chaparro
Tony Lestingi Tony Lestingi
Carlos Garmendia Carlos Garmendia ... (voice)
Lautaro Delgado
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Oscar Acuna Miguel Oscar Acuna
Marcos Damian Alias Marcos Damian Alias
Gabriel Casal Gabriel Casal
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Blessed By Fire is the story of two young men sent to fight the 1982 war in the Falkland Islands (or as they are known in Argentina, the Malvinas) who return home bearing the brutal scars of war. Twenty years after the war's end, journalist Esteban Leguizamón is informed that Alberto Vargas, one of the men he served with, has attempted to commit suicide after suffering from years of depression brought on by his experiences in the war. Esteban visits the comatose Vargas at the hospital, and in a series of extended flashbacks, revisits the scene of Argentina's "unwinnable war." Esteban and fellow soldiers Vargas and Juan are living in foxholes on the remote, windswept Falklands, battling hunger, boredom, abuse, and the deprivations of war as they await the arrival of British forces. A series of harrowing battle scenes with British forces ensue, and the Argentines realize the futility and violence of their mission. They're cannon fodder, overwhelmed, outnumbered, pawns in a futile ... Written by Koch Lorber Films

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Leguizamón mentions that over 290 veterans had committed suicide after the war, and indicates that this is the same as the name number of casualties there during the war. Argentine casualties during the war totalled 649, of which 321 were killed when the General Belgrano was sunk. If Leguizamón was counting only the casualties on the Falklands themselves, his figure is roughly correct. Source: Wikipedia See more »

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The sweat patterns on Leguizamón's jacket change in the two shots immediately after he leaves the infirmary. See more »

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The finest Guerra Malvinas/Falklands War Film
2 April 2020 | by carloswilliamhughesSee all my reviews

We don't get many films about this conflict but this is the finest one there is.

It is about the horrors of war and the aftermaths of the survivors - the war didn't end for most of the troops who fought it after the surrender of Port Stanley/Puerto Argentino.


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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2005 (Argentina) See more »

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$775,186
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