Chronicle of an Escape (2008)
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|Rating:||R (for brutality and torture, nudity and language)|
|Genre:||Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Israel Adrián Caetano, Adrián Caetano|
|Written By:||Israel Adrián Caetano, Esteban Student, Julian Loyola, Adrián Caetano, 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
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.
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.
Chronicle might be utterly uncompromising in its "you are there" visceral style-or just unresourceful. I tend toward the latter reading.
Audience Reviews for Chronicle of an Escape
Tense and shocking.
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...
[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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