- Original title
- Running time
- 98 min.
Marco Bechis, Lara Fremder
Co-production Argentina-Italy-France; Paradis Films / Classic / Nisarga
Drama | Argentinian Dictatorship. 1970s
- Synopsis / Plot
- Maria (Antonella Costa) is a militant activist in an organization that is fighting the oppressive dictatorship. She teaches reading and writing in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in an area of shantytowns. She lives in a decrepit rooming house with her mother Diane (Dominique Sanda), who rents out some rooms. One of the lodgers, a shy young man named Felix (Carlos Echeverria), is in love with Maria. He seems to have come from nowhere and is supposed to be working in a garage. One morning, Maria is kidnapped by a military squad in civilian clothes in front of her mother and is taken to the garage 'Olimpo,' one of the many well-known torture places in the city, which operate to the general indifference of the inhabitants. Tigre, the head of the center (Enrique Pineyro) appoints their best man -- Felix -- to the job of making Maria talk. Felix is overcome by his feelings for Maria, but Maria is determined to exploit the situation for her survival.
: Cannes: Special Award of la Juventud
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Producer. 5 nominations
: Ariel Awards: Nominated for Best Latin-American Film
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