The Official Story


(out of 5)

Original title:  La Historia Oficial

The cream of the crop when it comes to South American cinema, this Argentinian masterpiece is probably the greatest politically motivated film of the eighties.  is outstanding as a history teacher whose understanding of her country’s past is impersonal and strictly related to the events documented in her textbooks. This all changes when she begins to suspect that her adopted daughter might actually be the child of one of the many university students who were tortured and murdered during the country’s “Dirty War”. Aleandro makes inquiries and chases an empty paper trail in order to find answers, but all she gets is slammed doors and silent witnesses who won’t help her in any way. When even her husband won’t talk about where and how he acquired their little girl, it takes her down a path of realization, both of her country and of herself, that she can never come back from. This film crackles with suspicion and fear, all impressively fleshed out by first-time director Luis Puenzo, who also co-wrote the excellent screenplay.


Argentina, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by , Luis Puenzo

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1985

Cannes Film Festival 1985

Golden Globe Awards 1985

National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

New York Film Critics Awards 1985.  

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