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December 18, 2011
first movie i saw about Malvinas subject, Argentinian land stolen by Brits,
and i liked it, it was hursh war, special for those who were sent thr to defend own land, ,
½ June 23, 2011
Nice to see a movie that deals with the Argentinian perspective on the Falkland War. It opened my eyes.
½ April 27, 2011
A melancholy war flashback film about Argentine conscripts in the Falklands in '82. Structurally, it's not all that different from what we've seen before, with its young recruits missing their girls, stern but fair NCOs, and clueless COs, but it's well done and covers an unusual topic from an unusual perspective (for most of us). Recommended for war movie buffs.
April 8, 2011
Buena cinta de producción argentina-española. Trata el asunto de la Guerra de Las Malvinas entre Argentina en Inglaterra. Esteban se entera que su viejo amigo Roberto está en coma por intento de suicidio, apoya a la mujer de este y permanece a su lado, entre flashbacks a 1982 en el frente de batalla de las Islas Malvinas.
Shrewlord
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2011
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.
ScoopOnline
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2009
I like watching anti-war movies trouble is sometimes they are too bloody especially the ones based uopn real events. Heartbreaking sometimes.
½ October 21, 2009
Finally, a good argentinian film about the Falklands War (1982). This is an emotional "soldier's story" and as such is really very good, but if you're looking for any historical information, you have to look somewhere else. It's also surprisingly neutral - there's only the slightest bit of nationalistic pathos (well, maybe they can't get funding without some) and the military junta and/or the decision to take the islands by force are not criticized at all.
October 2, 2009
Muy buena pelicula argentina, que en realidad cuenta algo del horror vivido en Malvinas del año 1982
½ June 23, 2009
La guerre des Malouines du point de vue de soldats argentins. Très intéressant. Très triste aussi. Une excellente critique d'une guerre stupide et inutile.
June 2, 2009
...a proof that you have to be mad to sent your man in a certain death...
anyway, a can't say a great story...it's very sad afterall, but very real...
i now can say that what a motherland can lose in a war, is what a man can lose in a battle...
April 25, 2009
Very disturbing story that explores the fallout from participating in a mindless, brutal war because a country required this of its young people. The movie reveals the frequent lunacy of commands, the harshness found within the same side, and the life-changing violence of killing other human beings.
½ January 26, 2009
se ajusta perfectamente a la realidad vivida por combatientes argentinos en la guerra de Malvinas. otra de esas tantas películas que reflejan los horrores de la guerra y sus secuelas en los que participaron en ella. Recomendable.
½ August 4, 2008
Some unfortunately over-the-top moments mar a harrrowing, near-perfect film about the Malvinas/Falklands conflict & its emotional aftermath.
June 19, 2008
I learned about the Falklands War from the Argentine perspective. This was worthwhile because wars are bloody and important events.
May 2, 2008
This is a gripping account of the Malvinas war and the consequences for the conscripts who were made to fight it. Whatever the film lacks in terms of political sophistication and cinematography it makes up for in its emotional intensity and its successful demysticization of war.
April 18, 2008
excelente, y muy emotiva.
April 6, 2008
a good film, but it seems like every Argentinian thinks that the Falkland Island doesn't have a right to self determination..
April 5, 2008
A very powerful and moving film and an important balance to the British perspectives on the 1982 war. The battle scenes in the Falklands are gripping and the sense of shambolic chaos among the Argentine ranks is palpable.

The young conscripts were not only fighting one of the world's best professional armies but also their useless and bullying officers who had brought their rough techniques they had learnt from the junta with them.

If it has any shortcomings it is in a slightly weak script, a mishandling of some key moments and an ending that reverts to type, but overall this is a must-see.

The anti-British voiceover comments and dedication to Argentine dead alone at the end did trouble me a bit, considering the UK veterans have suffered just as much post-traumatic stress disorder (as the DVD extra shows), but anything which helps us understand both sides of the conflict better is very welcome.
½ April 1, 2008
Una buena pelicula acerca de un hombre que despues de muchos años decide volver a las malvinas donde peleo contra los ingleses, para enfrentarse a sus recuerdos y miedos!
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