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Argentina, 1985

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Argentina, United States
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2022

2h 20m

Director Santiago Mitre
Starring Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Alejandra Flechner, Paula Ransenberg
Genre Drama, History
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Argentina's brutal right-wing military dictatorship has been overthrown, and now the newly established democratic government is looking to try and prosecute the leaders of the military junta. Julio César Strasser, the new government's only prosecutor, assembles a young and determined team of lawyers who are up to the difficult task.

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TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

As straightforward in its conception as its unfussy title, Mitre’s latest can be described as an effectively utilitarian piece of cinema that exists to preserve the historical memory of his homeland and to pay tribute to some of the people who ensured that for once, the arc of history, as insufficient and belated as it usually is, did bend towards justice.
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Screen Daily by Fionnuala Halligan

A courtroom drama with a committed, awards-worthy performance from Ricardo Darin, this tense, lengthy, frequently funny film stands with the best of the genre, but with added resonance.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

That Argentina, 1985 managed to toggle between such emotionally raw material and more amped-up, tension-driven subplots — as Strassera and his family weather death threats and cars explode in public squares — without seeming callous or dramatically opportunistic is a credit to Mitre, whose grasp on his story is high-key and emotionally immediate, but never glib.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

The balance between detail and momentum can at times be off, and the helmer doesn’t entirely avoid generic tropes of the legal drama. But he conveys the enormity of the undertaking at the film’s center — the first major war crimes trial since Nuremberg — and it’s felt in every moment of Darín’s compelling portrayal.
83

IndieWire by Sophie Monks Kaufman

This may be an offbeat and textured snapshot of history, but it still holds at its core cold anger on behalf of the dictatorship’s victims and interest in how the people will receive updates about their future.

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