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
Feb 21, 2007 Wide
Jul 17, 2007
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The morbid and gripping war film Blessed by Fire is well worth a look.
Illuminated by Fire is a watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten.
Tristán Bauer's new war movie has an even more bitterly ironic title in Spanish: Iluminados por El Fuego or Enlightened by Fire.
The battlefield sequences unfold with surreal horror, while the human bonding in the foxholes emerges tenderly.
Tristan Bauer's film portrays the Falklands War in 1982 as a mismanaged, vainglorious spasm of nationalism.
For an event rarely thought about outside of its involved countries, the film is a remarkable achievement.
Bitter recollections of Argentina's ill-fated attempt to win control of the Malvinas from Great Britain.
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.
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