The Official Story

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The first important film to emerge from Argentina after the fall of its military regime, THE OFFICIAL STORY is a deeply moving drama examining one of the saddest chapters in that country's history. The tranquil lives of Alicia (Norma Aleandro), a history professor; her husband, Roberto (Hector Alterio), a high-powered businessman; and their five-year-old...read more

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The first important film to emerge from Argentina after the fall of its military regime, THE OFFICIAL STORY is a deeply moving drama examining one of the saddest chapters in that country's history. The tranquil lives of Alicia (Norma Aleandro), a history professor; her husband, Roberto

(Hector Alterio), a high-powered businessman; and their five-year-old daughter, Gaby (Analia Castro), are thrown into turmoil when an old friend who was tortured and exiled by the military reveals that, under the junta, babies were taken from political prisoners and sold to well-connected adoptive

parents. Realizing that Gaby may be one of these children, Alicia begins to investigate her daughter's background and meets Sara (Chela Ruiz), one of the women who march each day at the Plaza de Mayo to protest the disappearance of loved ones in the junta's "dirty war." Coming to grips with her

political naivete, Alicia confronts Alterio, who proves to be deeply involved with the reprehensible junta. An impressive feature debut by Luis Puenzo, who invests his scenes with tremendous emotional impact, THE OFFICIAL STORY won the 1986 Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film. Poignantly

political, its power derives from the depiction of the junta's tragic effect on individual lives. The screenplay was written with Aleandro (a political exile who returned to her native Argentina after the change of government) in mind, and she delivers a tour de force performance that won her the

Best Actress Award at Cannes. Originally, Puenzo intended to shoot the film in secret, using hidden 16mm cameras, but the junta was voted out of office just after cowriter Aida Bortnik completed the screenplay.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The first important film to emerge from Argentina after the fall of its military regime, THE OFFICIAL STORY is a deeply moving drama examining one of the saddest chapters in that country's history. The tranquil lives of Alicia (Norma Aleandro), a history p… (more)

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