La historia oficial

Yet another movie (indirectly) about the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. But it is never too much. People that have disappeared (desaparecidos) during the dictatorship, some of them pregnant : many of the babies born in captivity seem to have been adopted by people who had sympathy for the government. I have seen movies and read books about different sides of the story, for each of them it is a painful situation.The grandmother who lost her child and her grandchild, the child who finds out that her adoptive parents are actually (directly or not) responsible for the death of their natural parents, and now this one, the side of the adoptive mom, who had no clue.

This movie is directed by Luis Puenzo, with Hector Alterio (Roberto, the husband), Norma Aleandro (Alicia, the wife, adoptive mom), Analia Catro (Gaby, the child) as main characters. Alicia, started to open her eyes for what was happening in her country after she sees an old friend again, who had been imprisoned and tortured. She starts to wonder where her child comes from as her husband won’t tell. She starts to to look for the truth, and comes in contact with the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and finds the possible grandmother of her child. But, isn’t it terrible to find out that your husband is not the man you thought he was? That he is not only part of all the bad and (to her) unknown things that happen in her country. Apart from loosing the child you adopted and loved as if it were your own, losing the man you thought you knew. Although her ignorance is quite striking, as she is a history teacher. But isn’t it true that sometimes you don’t see the things that are right in front of you?

An absolutely great movie. Really on top of my Argentine movies list. It has won an Oscar (best non English movie), a Golden Globe (idem) and a Palme d’Or. Rent it. ASAP.

One response to “La historia oficial”

  1. This is one of my favorite Argentine films, of the 100 or so I’ve seen in the US and Argentina. Some reviewers think it’s too obvious, but I think it was a perfect response to the dictatorship’s crimes, and it’s stood the test of time. My former Spanish professor here in the US shows it to his intermediate-level college class each year, and my college Spanish instructor showed it to our class 20 years ago.

    And I love Norma Aleandro in any film!

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