Sentimientos: Mirta De Liniers A Estambul

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

A young woman comes to terms with herself and her life in this touching romance from Argentina. The story opens in Istanbul, where Mazer, an Argentinian woman, tells Urgay, her Turkish husband, about the one great love of her past. The film flashes back five years to 1975. Mazer, who lives with her parents in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is...read more

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A young woman comes to terms with herself and her life in this touching romance from Argentina. The story opens in Istanbul, where Mazer, an Argentinian woman, tells Urgay, her Turkish husband, about the one great love of her past. The film flashes back five years to 1975. Mazer, who

lives with her parents in the Liniers neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is an anthropology student at a local university. The campus is swept by unrest, for the government is teetering and leftist students feel their day is coming soon. Diaz, a member of the radical group, finds himself hopelessly

attracted to the politically naive Mazer. He begins courting her, while trying to raise her social conscience. The two become lovers and contemplate marriage, but Argentina's political situation forces them to change their plans. Diaz and his comrades are victims of increasingly brutal harassment

from government police. Rather than risk death in Argentina, Diaz seeks exile in Stockholm. Wanting to be with the man she loves, Mazer leaves Argentina as well, reuniting with Diaz a few months later. At first their new life in Sweden seems idyllic. They live with other Argentinian exiles in an

old house and begin learning the Swedish language. Gradually they begin drifting apart as Diaz grows frustrated with his inactivity. Mazer, tired of Diaz ignoring her, meets Urgay at a party and engages in a mild flirtation. Later, Diaz decides to travel to Spain and, while he's away, Mazer runs

into Urgay again. He tells her of his own difficulties as a Turkish exile. The two fall in love and begin sleeping together. One night Diaz unexpectedly returns and finds his house is empty. When Mazer returns in the morning, they argue. Diaz demands she remain faithful to him, but Mazer knows her

life has changed for good. She marries Urgay, and they have a child. Eventually Urgay takes her to his homeland, where she is introduced to Urgay's revolutionary friends. One of them reminds Mazer of her old love, a man whose influence she cannot shake. Diaz still thinks of Mazer as well, though

he remains in Stockholm plying his trade as a street musician.

Based very loosely on a real-life case, MIRTA... is a sensitive tale that takes many turns. It begins as a story of political unrest then shifts into a romantic comedy, before returning to serious elements. Somehow Diaz and Mazer manage to fall in love even though the world around them is changing

dramatically. The tonal shift from turmoil at home to the new life in Sweden is sudden but works well. The troubles of Buenos Aires are contrasted with the formal air of Stockholm, as characters adjust and examine their lives. Mazer, just 22 when this was made, carries the film with great heart.

She is introduced as an unworldly girl, curious about life. Swept up by Diaz then forced to make decisions on her own, the character experiences enormous emotional growth. Mazer handles these monumental changes skillfully, creating a woman with whom audiences can empathize. Her performance is a

beautiful portrait, and Mazer undoubtedly has great potential in Argentina's growing film industry. While codirectors Coscia and Saura intelligently develop this highly personal story against a background brimming with social concerns, they often sabotage the film by using an intrusive music

score. The soundtrack is heavy on heart-tugging chords during times of great emotion, while lighter moments are reminiscent of American made-for-television movie scores. The story and performances are strong enough to carry their own emotional weight without an obvious soundtrack to emphasize

feelings.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
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