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Buenos Aires, 1977 (Cronica de una fuga)

Buenos Aires, 1977 (Cronica de una fuga) (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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The true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Argentina's military death squads during the 1970s is brought to the screen in this thriller. In 1977, Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) was a goalie for a minor-league football team when he was abducted by members of the Argentine military police and taken to an unofficial detention center on the false suspicion that he was a terrorist. Over 30,000 people lost their lives at the hands of Argentinean authorities under

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It is a small relief to discover that Chronicle of an Escape is relatively restrained in its depiction of torture. Despite its restraint, the movie is deeply unsettling.

November 30, 2007
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This film is both a warning about abuse of government power and a reassurance that justice will sometimes triumph.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The film is taut and ruthlessly constructed, with odd flashes of humor and a white-knuckle pace.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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A tense and mammothly upsetting dramatization of Tamburrini's memoir; ... gets everything that can pound in your body pounding.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The repetitive scenes of abuse lose their power too soon, and even the climactic flight stalls in first gear before it's barely begun.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading.

November 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Feels more like an exploitation B movie for those who get off on rough prison wardens and mistreated, hapless victims.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Chronicle of an Escape pretty much lives up to its title and little else.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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If you need to break out of captivity, clearly running naked is the way to go.

November 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
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Plays like a feature-length version of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video, except the film's zealous foregrounding of polyester, facial hair, and wallpaper is not meant to be funny.

November 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Caetano ha hecho un film de suspenso, no una denuncia política, que funciona muy bien sobre todo en sus minutos finales.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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Audience Reviews for Buenos Aires, 1977 (Cronica de una fuga)

Tense and shocking.
April 3, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Very engrossing film based on a true story. The scenes during the captivity were so well done...right up to the escape attempt scene where I found myself gripping my chair (very tension filled). Watching a movie like this only makes me love living in America more. Many people take for granted how lucky they are to live here. Not me. I know how lucky I am...
April 3, 2012
itsjustme2004

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[font=Century Gothic]"Chronicle of an Escape" starts in 1977 Argentina following a military coup. Roving bands of secret police are snatching suspected terrorists off the street on the flimsiest evidence while also liberating suspicious looking electronics like stereos and televisions. One of these is Claudio Tamburrini(Rodrigo De la Serna), a soccer player, who is named by Tano(Martin Urruty) in an effort to gain time for his comrades.(Claudio gives up his seat to a pregnant woman on a bus which is an indication of what kind of person he is.) He is found after the location of his new apartment is forced out of his mother. Once at headquarters, Claudio is tortured but knows nothing which he is told will only stall his case. But hopefully he will be released by Christmas...and somewhere Kafka is smiling ruefully.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Based on an incredible true story, "Chronicle of an Escape" is a smartly taut political thriller with overtones for the current day. Notice how casually the word terrorist is bandied about and how torture is used. If somebody is tortured and brutalized, they will say anything to stay alive and give time for their comrades to escape.(Nobody wants to die. Everybody wants to live.) It does not get the police anywhere in their so-called investigations while picking up innocent people in the dragnet, proof that being non-political will not keep a person safe. Lucas, the squad's leader, recognizes this and occasionally treats his prisoners courteously. What torture does manage to do is to keep the general population afraid. It is all about power.[/font]
April 3, 2012
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