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

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

Jul 17, 2007

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

March 22, 2007
Salon.com
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Illuminated by Fire is a watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tristán Bauer's new war movie has an even more bitterly ironic title in Spanish: Iluminados por El Fuego or Enlightened by Fire.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The battlefield sequences unfold with surreal horror, while the human bonding in the foxholes emerges tenderly.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Tristan Bauer's film portrays the Falklands War in 1982 as a mismanaged, vainglorious spasm of nationalism.

March 21, 2007
New York Times
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For an event rarely thought about outside of its involved countries, the film is a remarkable achievement.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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The film equivalent of an adult contemporary song.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

Bitter recollections of Argentina's ill-fated attempt to win control of the Malvinas from Great Britain.

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Even though Blessed by Fire is undoubtedly well-made and sincere in its efforts to shine a light on this farcical episode, it also doesn't add anything to the "war is hell" genre.

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As a Falklands vet is faced with the brutal realization of the tragic futility of war and its aftermath, old wounds are opened and bleed metaphorically into the present.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
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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.
December 13, 2009
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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.
January 5, 2011
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