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Year: 2009
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Metrodome Distribution
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella, Jose Luis Gioia, ,Carla Quevedo, Rudy Romano, Mario Alarcón, Alejandro Abelenda, Sebastian Blanco, Mariano Argento, Juan Jose Ortiz, Kiko Cerone, Fernando Pardo
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Countries: Argentina / Spain
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 127 mins
UK: 129 mins
USA Rated: R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language
UK Certificate: 18 contains one scene of sexual violence and brief strong nudity
USA Release Date: 16 April 2010 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 13 August 2010 (Limited Release)
UK DVD Release Date: 10 January 2011


Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman.

Set against the backdrop of the violent upheaval Argentina was going through in 1974, it was not a peaceful place. However, as Esposito begins to write, he relives a past that awakens all his demons: particularly those involving his past decisions, uncertainties and irreparable mistakes. Esposito realises is now too late to stop him remembering a lot of terrible memories that were neither innocent, neutral nor aseptic.

Telling a story from the past is no longer just a pastime to fill his empty hours. It becomes a narrow, winding path he must take if he is to understand and find justification for his own life, if he is to give any meaning to the years remaining to him, and if once and for all he is to face up to the woman who, thirty years on, he is still in love with.


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