Imagining Argentina details
|Starring:||Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Oct 2004|
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Excellent but disturbing!By a customer from London, England , 01 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The acting is excellent - it's so nice to Banderas in a serious role rather than playing a sex object or a comic role - it really showcases his talent! The direction is also excellent but at times a bit too slow. However,the images of 'the dissapeared' being raped and tortured are harrowing and disturbing! This film is not for the faint hearted but if you enjoy being both challenged and eduducated by films like Shindler's List you will learn a lot about both History and the Human Psyche from watching this film!
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Interesting but not greatBy Teejay47 (5 reviews) from Aberdeen , 19 Sep 2010
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis looks at a horrendous period in Argentina's history from a different angle. It uses magical realism as a way of showing the horrors of the period but it doesn't really work. Carlos' visions do not seem to affect the outcomes of the disappeared (except perhaps his wife). He merely relays what the bereaved already knew - although filling in some graphic details along the way.
The film held my interest all the way through and it is certainly worth a watch but it could have been much better.
InterestingBy salmanfan (143 reviews) from London , 08 Aug 2009It was certainly good as |Antonio was the lead, The film was disturbing and the story may even be based on truth. Even more worrying. The ending was too clean cut and without giving anything away -needed discussion.
Wouldnt recommend itBy Jis (1 review) from Dunmow , 25 Mar 2009Very disturbing - not what I expected!
Too slowBy a customer from London , 08 Jul 2008I never finished this film because it was too slow so I couldn't say if the story was good or not. If you have the patience to watch it through, then congratulations to you.
Third rate film. Two stars for Banderas.By granita (216 reviews) from Farnham , 12 Jan 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideSurprsingly bad film about Argentina and its political history. For those too young to know, it's a story worth re-telling; shocking, brutal, wicked in the extreme, with around 30,000 innocent people disappearing, torn from their families to be tortured, raped, murdered and never seen again.
Banderas plays a writer running his own theatre group, and Emma Thompson plays his journalist wife, who involves herself in political matters and rather predictably becomes one of the 'disappeared.' They have a teenage daughter and here again, one can predict what happens to her.
After his wife's disappearance, Banderas suddenly develops physic powers and begins holding meetings where he 'sees' what has happened to the townspeople's loved ones.
This is when the whole film collapses, becoming a bizarre mixture of political comment, extreme violence, and an episode of 'Supernatural' the TV series.
As far as I was concerned, it was impossible to take anything seriously after that. I can't think what Banderas was doing in such a ridiculous film. He's not exactly short of work. And as all Emma Thompsono was required to do was scream - could have been played by almost anyone.
If you want to know about Argentina's political history and the Junta, my advice would be to see some other film, or read a book about it.