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Imagining Argentina (2003)

Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene Escolar ... Eurydice
Fernando Tielve ... Orfeo / Enrico
Héctor Bordoni Héctor Bordoni ... Pedro Augustín
Antonio Banderas ... Carlos Rueda
Emma Thompson ... Cecilia Rueda
Maria Canals-Barrera ... Esme Palomares (as Marí'a Canals)
Rubén Blades ... Silvio Ayala
Leticia Dolera ... Teresa Rueda
Anthony Diaz-Perez Anthony Diaz-Perez ... Policeman 1 (as Anthony Díaz Pérez)
Luis Antonio Ramos ... Policeman 2
Carlos Kaniowsky ... Rubén Mendoza (as Carlos Kaniowski)
Stella Maris Stella Maris ... Concepta Madrid
Concha Hidalgo ... Octavio Marquez's Grandmother
Ana Gracia Ana Gracia ... Hannah Masson
Horacio Obón Horacio Obón ... Victor Madrid


Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson star in this gripping political thriller about a man with the power to see the fate of missing people - with the exception of his own beloved wife.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An extraordinary story of love, compassion and danger.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/torture and brief language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This is Antonio Banderas' second movie regarding Argentine history, he had previously play Che Guevara in Evita (1996), also set in Argentina. See more »


When Cecilia is seen by Carlos in the roof of "Casa Rosada", there is a modern surveillance camera near the characters. Those cameras were not available in 1976. See more »

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Some of the worst Latin American crueltly, imperfectly presented
2 September 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Imagining Argentina (2003)

The story, and the facts behind the story, of innocent people being kidnapped, tortured, and killed in Argentina is so disturbing and emotionally draining it's hard to see this movie objectively. I wish it was a better movie, both in its construction (the filming and editing) and in the storytelling decisions (too much emphasis on empty searching, and too much torture, even after we get the point).

Cruelty needs no sympathy, and this movie gives it none. But it gives it attention, offering only a solution in perseverance and romantic love. There are lots of evocative scenes of dancing and music, of wide open countryside, and of warmly lit interiors. It paints a picture of a beautiful country with a beautiful culture, just to show how a small tilt in a great place can turn to horrors.

The final statistics of all the people "disappeared" under the Argentine dictatorship is an indictment of cruel dictators. The movie serves to remind us, and to paint the horrors, and it goes half way. I wish it had been a poetic, or raw, or inventive success as well.

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Official Sites:

Manga Films [Spain] | UIP [UK]


Spain | UK | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 April 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu na Argentina See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,752, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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