The Official Story

The Official Story

  • Director: Luis Puenzo
  • Writer: Aída Bortnik,Luis Puenzo
  • Countries of origin: Argentina
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • Release date: November 8, 1985
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Sound mix: Mono
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Die offizielle Geschichte
  • "The Official History" is a drama film directed by Luis Puenzo and starring Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro .
    The film tells the story of the history teacher Alicia who began to suspect the life of her adopted daughter Jiabi and trace the truth after her long-lost girlfriend Anna suddenly came to visit   . The film was released in Argentina on April 3, 1985.


    • Release date November 8, 1985
    • Filming locations Argentina
    • Production companies Historias Cinematograficas Cinemania, Progress Communications

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    • By Natalie 2022-12-16 01:43:18

      Adoptive mother looking for biological mother

      In the end, the wife found out that her daughter was born to a woman who had been politically persecuted, and the husband knew the truth. Then I met the grandmother of my daughter, Gabby, and showed her the photos of her persecuted daughter when she was a child. She looked like a child. She took her home to see her husband. The husband wanted to drive her grandma away. Grandma, didn't listen to my wife's explanation that she was at his mother's house, beat his wife hard, and then the phone...

    • By Tressie 2022-12-09 17:49:28

      "Official Statement" Movie Script

      "Official Statement" Movie

      Text / Translated by Aida Portnick, Luis Puenso
      / Hu Xiangwen, Zhan Guirong

      Editor's note: The film won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language in 1986 Film Award, Toronto Film Festival Best Film Award, Cartagena Film Festival Best Film Award and Best Actress Award, Chicago Film Festival Best Film Award.

      The gray and exposed walls of the campus
      are reminiscent of the...

    • By Rachelle 2022-11-19 11:25:59

      . . .

      It's really heartbreaking. I really can't watch such abusive drama a second time, but the drama is a good drama. How could such a tragic experience really happen? I feel so sorry for this mother, and this daughter is also very pitiful! It's really miserable! How could the originally happy and beautiful family become like this? I feel the worst is my mother. In the end, I broke the beautiful imagination of this country in my heart. It was really a tumult in my heart, and the beautiful things...

    • By Carmela 2022-10-28 05:49:00

      [Last Film I Watched] The Official Story (1985)

      English Title: The Official Story
      Original Title: La historia oficial
      Year: 1985
      Country: Argentina
      Language: Spanish, English
      Genre: Drama, History, War
      Director: Luis Puenzo
      Luis Puenzo
      Aída Bortnik
      Music: Atilio Stampone
      Cinematography: Félix Monti
      Norma Aleandro
      Héctor Alterio
      Chunchuna Villafañe
      Chela Ruíz
      Patricio Contreras
      Hugo Arana
      Guillermo Battaglia

    • By Annabell 2022-10-25 22:57:27

      tingling in hindsight

      History is an endless development, both for society as a whole and for every nuanced individual. In this regard, everyone seems to be just a drop in the ocean. Ordinary people often have three states in the face of the great achievement of "history": foresight, keeping up with trends, and knowing later. The Argentine film "Official Statement", through the story of a woman, shows the most fatal blow of heavy history to small people. This is not an awakening of thinking, but a powerlessness...

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    • By Randi 2023-03-06 18:42:42

      2008-11-15 20:14:17 7/7.8(1744) Calm down, where there are people there is an official statement

    • By Kelli 2023-03-04 12:00:16

      Do you want to live in an unreal castle or a real ruin? And in a place full of lies, what is home? Those people don't need to go fast, far, and get lost. Because they have lost their inner direction. With a delicate female entry point, it brings out the sad and heavy silhouette of an era. How important is the truth? It can help us see where the future is...

    • By Zelda 2023-03-04 02:15:14

      Looking at the fission and labor pains of the third world from Fukuyama's point of view, history will never end. The whole story is calm but it will make people feel extremely anxious. On the other hand, the characters in the film are accustomed to this kind of high pressure. The best footnotes from the Dirty War...

    • By Valentin 2023-03-03 01:36:48

      Put this in Egypt now and play it over and over again,...

    • By Jevon 2023-02-12 03:07:19

      Nothing about Latin America. The plot is...

    Movie plot

    In 1983, a middle-class family in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, husband Robert ( Héctor Alterio ) is a manager of a company, and his wife Alicia ( Norma Aleandro ) is a middle school history teacher. He lives happily with his five-year-old adopted daughter, Gabby. One day, Anna (Chunchuna Villafañe) , Alicia's "missing" girlfriend for many years, suddenly visits and tells her about her experience of being brutally tortured by...
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    Creative background

    The background of The Official History begins in the 1970s, when the Argentine military dictatorship secretly kidnapped or assassinated thousands of dissidents and political suspects. Many young children or infants of "missing persons" are sold to families without children. After the collapse of the military dictatorship, the survivors or fugitives who survived the disaster returned to their homes one after another to find their...
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    Evaluation action

    There are no special effects of beautiful women in beautiful clothes, and I am not responsible for locking the eyeballs and igniting hormones to laugh out the abdominal muscles. It is just a small opening to a period of the most brutal political persecution in history, and the truth of history is deconstructed. For the viewing group, this Argentine political film in the 1980s is really a bit incompetent, unable to produce a smooth and...
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    Movie quotes

    • Alicia: Time for bed, Gaby.

      Gaby: Just a little longer. One more story.

      Ana: The one about the invisible paint? This paint makes things invisible. For instance, we paint your bed and it vanishes. Then mommy will think you're sleeping in mid-air.

      Gaby: Mommy, is she like Dolores? Is she your "divided" friend?

    • Ana: [to Roberto] Gaby is wonderful. She says I'm the "divided" friend.

      Alicia: [laughing] She can't pronounce devoted. She loves the word and uses it constantly.

      Roberto: Will you be staying?

      Ana: I don't know yet.

      Roberto: You're looking good. I never saw you in a skirt before. Europe was good for you, wasn't it? It seems to have polished up your edges.

    • Alicia: Dolores is lucky to have such a devoted friend as you.

      Gaby: What does "divided" mean?