Chronicle of an Escape (2008)
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 the military junta that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983, and as he was tortured by intelligence agents looking for information he didn't have, Tamburrini fully expected to become another victim. After many sessions of brutal torture, Tamburrini and his fellow captives Guillermo (Nazareno Casero) and Tano (Martin Urruty) were being readied for execution when, in a final desperate act, Tamburrini dove out a window during a rainstorm. Guillermo, Tano, and another man followed, and the four, naked and with noting but their wits, began a desperate run to freedom. A major box-office success in Argentina, Crónica de una Fuga (aka Chronicle of an Escape and Buenos Aires, 1977) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. … More
- R (for brutality and torture, nudity and language)
- Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By:
- Adrián Caetano , Israel Adrián Caetano
- Written By:
- Adrián Caetano , Israel Adrián Caetano , Esteban Student , Julian Loyola , Estevan Student
- In Theaters:
- Jan 30, 2008 Limited
- On DVD:
- Aug 19, 2008
as Claudio Tamburrini
as El Vasco
as Capt. Almagro
as Taxi Driver
as Gallego's Father
as Collective Woman
as Briefcase Man
as Claudio's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Chronicle of an Escape
Feels more like an exploitation B movie for those who get off on rough prison wardens and mistreated, hapless victims.
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.
This film is both a warning about abuse of government power and a reassurance that justice will sometimes triumph.
Chronicle of an Escape pretty much lives up to its title and little else.
The film is taut and ruthlessly constructed, with odd flashes of humor and a white-knuckle pace.
A tense and mammothly upsetting dramatization of Tamburrini's memoir; ... gets everything that can pound in your body pounding.
The repetitive scenes of abuse lose their power too soon, and even the climactic flight stalls in first gear before it's barely begun.
Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading.
Blessed with great performances; director Israel Adrián Caetano lets events speak -- and plead and weep -- for themselves.
If you need to break out of captivity, clearly running naked is the way to go.
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.
If American moviegoers have plenty of reasons to feel icky about government-sponsored kidnappings and hidden prisons, Chronicle of an Escape gives them another good one.
It's a sobering act of remembrance, a warning against future abuses of power, and a stomach-knotting thriller.
Caetano ha hecho un film de suspenso, no una denuncia política, que funciona muy bien sobre todo en sus minutos finales.
Though functional on its own terms, this fourth feature by Israel Adrian Caetano feels hollow at the core, leaving a feeling of lingering disappointment over a missed opportunity to probe recent history.
Audience Reviews for Chronicle of an Escape
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...More
[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]
[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]
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