Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Un Lugar En El Mundo
Argentina/Spain/Uruguay, 1992. Story by Adolfo Aristarain, Kathy Saavedra, Screenplay by Adolfo Aristarain, Alberto Lecchi. Cinematography by Ricardo DeAngelis. Produced by Adolfo Aristarain, Osvaldo Papaleo. Music by Emilio Kauderer. Production Design by Abel Facello. Costume Design by Kathy Saavedra. Film Editing by Eduardo López.
The modern world gradually invades the idyllic landscape of rural Argentina in this heartfelt movie by Adolfo Aristarain. Cecilia Roth and Federico Luppi are excellent as former socialist revolutionaries whose many travels around the world (mostly fleeing from fascist governments who wanted their hides) have led them back to their own country, working in a tiny farming community and organizing an economic cooperative to benefit the sheep farmers who make their money off the sale of wool. Luppi is also the local schoolteacher, Roth the town’s doctor, and their son Ernesto observes as they do their best to maintain their ideals in an ever changing world. This becomes difficult when a geologist arrives from Spain at the behest of the area’s richest citizen in the hopes of finding oil on the land, and the man eventually befriends the philanthropic family enough to let them know about what’s really happening to their beloved valley. Directed with care and great sensitivity, Aristarain’s pace moves a bit too slow but is rich with emotional subtext and political intelligence. Roth is fantastic, and the photography of the beautiful Argentinian countryside is unforgettable. Interestingly enough, this was the only film in cinema history to receive an Academy Award nomination and then have that nomination removed from the ballot (the film was initially submitted as Best Foreign Language Film from Uruguay until the Academy decided that it should have been submitted by Argentina; more details on the matter can be read in the film’s trivia section on its Imdb.com page).