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Imagining Argentina

  • Film

Time Out says

The hero of Hampton's film, set during Argentina's 1970s military dictatorship, is Carlos Rueda (Banderas), a children's theatre director in the middle of a production of the Orpheus myth. When he confronts General Guzmán about the 'disappearance' of hundreds, including his wife (Thompson), Guzmán lamely offers: 'I have never claimed to be omniscient.' Before leaving, Rueda declares that the people of Argentina possess something more powerful than Guzmán and his thugs: imagination. The film swings queasily from sentimentality to grisly violence, and this erratic tone never offers a way to come to grips with the evil depicted. Soon after his journalist wife disappears, Rueda becomes clairvoyant. He sees the fate of the disappeared by touching their loved ones. A metaphor for the healing power of compassion and storytelling, this is never explained, and registers as an unintended parody of Spock's Vulcan mind-meld. The allusion to Orpheus evokes the transformative power of myth and art, but while the film may offer a reminder of the persistence of evil, more than insipid fantasy is required to keep the horror at bay. (From the novel by Lawrence Thornton.) CBu.
Written by CBu

Release Details

  • Duration:107 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Christopher Hampton
  • Screenwriter:Christopher Hampton
  • Cast:
    • Antonio Banderas
    • Emma Thompson
    • Rubén Blades
    • María Canals
    • Kuno Becker
    • Leticia Dolera
    • Anton Lesser
    • John Wood
    • Claire Bloom
    • Irene Escolar
    • Fernando Tielve
    • Stella Maris
    • Horacio Obón
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