Imagining Argentina
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Accomplished British screenwriter Christopher Hampton directs the political drama Imagining Argentina, based on the novel by Lawrence Thornton. Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda (Antonio Banderas) and his wife Cecilia (Emma Thompson). Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious abductions, she is herself abducted and taken into police custody. Soon Carlos develops the supernatural ability to see into the future and he imagines his wife meeting an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Despite its flaws, the film does the job in helping us imagine what that must be like for relatives and friends left behind."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Like Life Is Beautiful before it, Imagining Argentina juxtaposes horrific images of torture and humiliation against gooey optimism and thinks it's saying something profound about human resilience in the process."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"...fidgety and incomplete, as though either poorly conceived or poorly re-edited after the fact."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Well-intentioned but awkwardly executed."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC
"It's sad to see a film which, despite fine work in the various craft departments, fails to succeed on the most basic level."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"Gimmicky, pat, and just a tad too brutal at times, Imagining Argentina is a powerful statement rendered oddly ineffectual by a consistent desire to avoid controversy."
‑ Bill Gibron, DVD Verdict
"Hampton makes a moving job of it, with top-notch cinematography and heartfelt performances."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Honorable, but highly flawed, production."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"The concept takes magical realism to a reductive, overtly literal level, trivializing the subject and the people the film tries so hard to memorialize."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Hampton's mixing of thriller and love story, cinematic coincidence and historical fact makes this film flawed but fascinating."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The power of the film is its roots in official truths which are already melting away."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"It's maddening that the film is so weak, because there's a touching and seriously important story here that should have been told with power, honesty and humanity."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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