Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego) (2007)



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The near-death of an old friend forces a man to look back at a painful chapter in his life in a wartime drama from Argentinean filmmaker Tristan Bauer. Esteban (Gastón Pauls) is a writer edging into middle age who has received word that Vargas (Pablo Ribba), who served with him in the Argentine Army during the 1980s, has attempted to commit suicide and is now in a coma. The news floods Esteban's mind with memories of their days in the Falkland Islands war of 1982. Esteban, Vargas, and Juan … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: , , , , , , ,
Written By: Gustavo Romero Borri, Edgardo Esteban, Miguel Bonasso
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On DVD: Jul 17, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

The morbid and gripping war film Blessed by Fire is well worth a look.

March 22, 2007
Top Critic

Illuminated by Fire is a watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Top Critic

Tristán Bauer's new war movie has an even more bitterly ironic title in Spanish: Iluminados por El Fuego or Enlightened by Fire.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

The battlefield sequences unfold with surreal horror, while the human bonding in the foxholes emerges tenderly.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Tristan Bauer's film portrays the Falklands War in 1982 as a mismanaged, vainglorious spasm of nationalism.

March 21, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

For an event rarely thought about outside of its involved countries, the film is a remarkable achievement.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007

Audience Reviews for Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego)

I like watching anti-war movies trouble is sometimes they are too bloody especially the ones based uopn real events. Heartbreaking sometimes.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


This Argentine film about the Falklands War and its aftermath is largely unbiased and focuses on the tragedy of war and its traumatising effects. It is well made and acted with realistic action sequences and, except for a somewhat anomolous voiceover tagged on the end, successfully avoids politics and nationalism. Recommended.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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