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Potestad (2002)

A 60-year-old doctor tries to reconstruct a traumatic event that changed his life, while making a trip in the subway: the loss of his ten-year-old daughter.
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Credited cast:
Eduardo Pavlovsky ... Eduardo Martínez (as Tato Pavlovsky)
Lorenzo Quinteros ... Tito
Noemí Frenkel Noemí Frenkel ... Ana María
Susy Evans Susy Evans ... Old Ana María
Luis Machín Luis Machín ... Colombres
Miguel Dedovich Miguel Dedovich ... Don Ignacio
Alejo García Pintos Alejo García Pintos ... Man in the subway
Martín Pavlovsky Martín Pavlovsky ... Pianista
Mauricio Minetti Mauricio Minetti ... Chofer operativo
Ana María Castel ... Mujer Maestranza
Carlos Bermejo Carlos Bermejo ... Oficial Operativo
María Victoria Biscay María Victoria Biscay ... Adriana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martín Adjemián ... Calesitero
Leandro Alvarez Leandro Alvarez ... Adolescente Subte
Lola Arias Lola Arias ... Madre de Adriana


A 60-year-old doctor tries to reconstruct a traumatic event that changed his life, while making a trip in the subway: the loss of his ten-year-old daughter.

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A Jumbled Mess
3 March 2003 | by MiloMindbenderSee all my reviews

The film version of this play opens by traveling along the train tracks in a subway while the central character narrates. As scenes unfold, it becomes clear that this central character is not rooted in space or time. His narration documents what is supposed to be a very limited & linear time frame (of about 15 minutes each), however what occurs between these markers of time transgresses such boundaries. The impact is supposed to raise questions (for the viewer) about whether the main character is senile, insane or just plain sleeping. This certainly has the potential for being an interesting film, however this film fails to bring the stage play to life. The editing of the scenes is rather abrupt and wears on the viewer. I saw this at the San Jose Film Festival & the director (in attendance) said his intent on presenting the movie in this manner was to evoke the possibility of different interpretations of the material by the audience. However, I found that this really did a disservice to the material the film tries to tackle (the history of political upheaval in Argentina, the abduction/appropriation of children by the better-off/politically connected, senility/old age in contemporary society). The director did not want to make any particular claims about things that happened, and so what is left is just a jumbled mess that wears on the viewer. There is nothing that ever really grabs you. The central character overacts (it was played by the stage actor, and so this is probably why), the transitions between scenes are random & uneven, and even the music wears on the viewer. Films which present a challenge to viewers still need some device, whether from the technical skill in the editing or the artistic skill of the actors or some good music to set some emotional engagement, but this film fails on all counts & hence leaves the viewer completely disengaged from the film's content. As a result, with the lack of any intellectual arguments to hang one's analytical teeth on, the viewer is left saying "So What?"

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8 May 2003 (Argentina) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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