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Co-written and directed by Luis Puenzo starring Norma Aleandro as Alicia a historical school teacher along with her comfortable life married happily with an adopted child they named Gaby begins to question the original historical reference of her own adopted child who might've came from a political prisoner. Winner of Best Foreign film of 1986.
The Official Story needed a better pace as it meanders a bit in certain scenes, but it's so well directed and particularly well acted by Norma Aleandro who was amazing in a very demanding role as such a complex, interesting character. This is a very serious, difficult to watch film which explores a particularly painful chapter in Argentine history with a lot of care, emotion and a thankful emphasis on intimacy and characterization instead of more ambitious politics.
This 1986 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film expounds the inhuman dispensation of children of murdered desaparecidos during the Argentine Dirty War with a heartbreaking story of an upstanding teacher overbearing political guilt to uncover the true identity of her beloved adopted daughter.
Excelente, primer Oscar argentino, hay que verla. Siguen habiendo Gabys todavia.
De lo mejor del cine latinomaericano.Un vistazo a un pasado por igual traumatico e inocultable
Even though the changes undergone by the protagonist seem rushed (not even her hair seems to follow an entirely consistent evolution), this is a deeply disturbing and painful drama that poses hard questions and examines the terrifying truth about a horrific moment in History.
This is an impactful film although it is a very contained one. You have to have a good understanding of the social and political situation to more deeply appreciate the film. A little bit of additional context would have been helpful. As to the story itself, it is compelling. A woman with an adopted child wants to find out who is the child's biological mother. However, as secrets become revealed, knowledge of this information may have some dangerous consequences. It takes a critical look at the ideologies of the old world versus the new world through its characters without being bogged down by bleakness. There is strength and hope in the end.
A naive woman decides to investigate her daughter's secretive adoption 5 years later & discovers the true political horrors her government husband were involved in.
EXTRAORDINARIA HISTORIA GRAN PELICULA ARGENTINA DIGNA DEL OSCAR
Tough, tough, tough. A story about how the political and social circumstances of a country can mess up with entire families. Thousands of relationships torn apart in the name of ideology. But what's great about the Official Story are not only the political connotations, but the depiction of how the painful truth can destroy the story of many people, or well, the "second part" of the truth. Smoothly directed and acted. Highly recommended if you want to see how personal history can get.