Friday, February 12, 2016

724. La historia oficia

La historia oficia
The Official Story
Directed by Luis Puenzo

Moving cheerfully along, we come to The Official Story, a film that I think gets most of its praise from the subject matter, rather than the actual quality, of the movie.

Alicia, a teacher, is married to Roberto, a government official.  Alicia and Roberto have an adopted five year old daughter named Gaby.  Alicia's friend Ana returns from being held and tortured by associating with a political leftist.  Alicia begins to suspect that Gaby may have been stolen from political prisoners.  Roberto seems to know the full story, but he refuses to tell Alicia.

This is very frustrating film to watch, as the movie leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  The film ended when things were at their most interesting.  Throughout the entire movie, nothing happens because the characters are too afraid to do anything.  At the end of the movie, a character finally gets the courage to act and we don't even get to see what happens.

Definitely a compelling premise and maybe a story that needed to be told.  But it was a total chore to sit through.

RATING: *----

Interesting Facts:

First Argentinian film to win an Academy Award.

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