Inspiring Argentine historical drama has smoking, language.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Argentina, 1985 is a fascinating historical drama based on a trial of members of the country's former military dictatorship, which became known as "The Trial of the Juntas." Prosecutor Julio Strassera (Ricardo Darin) is tasked with bringing Argentina's former fascist dictators to justice and assembles a young team of lawyers to help. Young adults are shown to have drive and professionalism despite lacking experience and all the prosecuting team show great teamwork, leadership, communication, and perseverance. There's no on-screen violence but victims give harrowing accounts of torture and rape. The legal team also receives death threats and a car bomb is detonated. The politics is clearly discussed in a way that those without prior knowledge will keep up. The movie has a lot of cigarette smoking and a few scenes in bars where people drink beer. The language is infrequent but strong, with variants of "f--k" and "s--t" used. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles available.
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What's the Story?
ARGENTINA, 1985, tells the true story of the trial of members of the country's military dictatorship regime. Prosecutors Julio Strassera (Ricardo Darin) and Luis Moreno Ocampo (Peter Lanzani) are tasked with convicting the leaders of Argentina's toppled fascist regime with crimes against humanity. With a young team, they must stave off death threats and political opposition to deliver justice for the victims.
Is It Any Good?
Based on a powerful true story, this Argentine political drama has a strong inspirational message and delivers a stark warning against fascism. Argentina, 1985 is also a gripping thriller with well-written characters and excellent performances. A key moment shifts the movie from a steady drama to a vital and relevant thriller. This moment isn't one of the many death threats prosecutor Strassera receives for trying to bring the commanders of a fascist dictatorship to justice. It's a pop song. Until then, the movie is mostly middle-aged men talking in dark wood paneled rooms. When the distinctly 1980s tune plays it brings a whole new focus and realization that this happened in our very recent history. While the film doesn't shy away from Argentina's harrowing past, it's also hopeful, while perhaps also acting as a warning to future generations.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the various character strengths shown in Argentina, 1985. What examples of courage, teamwork, communication, and perseverance can you give from the movie? Why are these such important traits to have?
Discuss the strong language used. What did it contribute to the movie?
How was smoking depicted in the film? Do you think attitudes to smoking have changed since when the movie was set? Why, or why why not?
What did you know about Argentina's political history before you watched the movie? How did it compare to your own country? Why is it important to reflect on the past?
- In theaters: September 30, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: October 21, 2022
- Cast: Ricardo Darin, Peter Lanzani, Gina Mastronicola
- Director: Santiago Mitre
- Studio: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: History
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 140 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language
- Award: Golden Globe
- Last updated: March 14, 2023
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