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Luis Puenzo – La historia oficial AKA The Official Story (1985)

During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Based on actual events during Argentina’s military dictatorship of the 1970s, this powerful film–superbly acted and directed–raises important questions about the individual’s obligations to society. As such it is a fitting vehicle for a medical humanities discussion. In addition, there are specific issues about adoption that could also be discussed–questions about origins, disclosure, rights of the birth mother and relatives, rights of the adoptive family, and above all, how all concerned may feel about these issues.

In the film, the child Gaby has an aura of sadness about her that implies subconscious knowledge of the traumatic circumstances surrounding her birth and adoption, or at the least, uncertainty about her origins (she has not been told that she is adopted). In a sense, the film depicts an adoptive family’s worst nightmare as well as traumatic circumstances that may give rise to adoption and thus serves metaphorically to highlight the issues surrounding adoption–issues that must be considered and worked through by those directly concerned.

Won the 1985 Academy Award for best foreign film.

3.48GB | 1 h 55 min | 1024×554 | mkv



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