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Roa (2013)

Year 1948, Bogota Colombia. Liberal presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan is assasinated. Chaos seizes the city.


Andrés Baiz

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Credited cast:
César Bordón César Bordón ... Umland
Jose Luis Garcia Campos Jose Luis Garcia Campos ... CABO
Nicolás Cancino Nicolás Cancino ... El Flaco
Andrés Castañeda Andrés Castañeda ... Hermano
Arturo Goetz Arturo Goetz ... Umland
Manuel Antonio Gómez Manuel Antonio Gómez ... Dr. Plinio Mendoza Neira
Rebeca López Rebeca López ... Doña Encarnación
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... María de Roa
Julio Pachón Julio Pachón ... Andrade
Mauricio Puentes Mauricio Puentes ... Juan Roa
María Elvira Ramírez María Elvira Ramírez ... Magdalena, daughter of Roa
Santiago Rodríguez Santiago Rodríguez ... Jorge Eliecer Gaitán
Carlos Manuel Vesga Carlos Manuel Vesga ... Vicente


Year 1948, Bogota Colombia. Liberal presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan is assasinated. Chaos seizes the city.

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Release Date:

11 April 2013 (Argentina) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogotá, Colombia

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Production Co:

Dynamo,Patagonik Film Group See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fresh, but no great depth
16 November 2013 | by london777See all my reviews

Some might find parallels with the Kennedy assassination as the actual perpetrators of the important historical event which climaxes this film are still disputed. There are many possible culprits and this film gives just one possible scenario. It does not go into politics but is a sombre psychological portrait, though with many touches of dry humour.

Excellent photography and recreation of Bogota in the 1940s. The acting styles are also redolent of that period. I am not sure if that was intentional, but it works well.

One slight puzzle. Although by the time of the events shown Roa is an obvious loser, there are many suggestions that he has (or at one time had) the ability to charm people. He has a beautiful and kindly young wife and other loyal and long-suffering friends. but only the weak, naïve, delusional and surly aspects of his character are ever shown (apart from his love for his daughter).

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