Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego)
Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego) (2007)

The near-death of an old friend forces a man to look back at a painful chapter in his life in a wartime drama from Argentinean filmmaker Tristan Bauer. Esteban (Gastón Pauls) is a writer edging into middle age who has received word that… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

The morbid and gripping war film Blessed by Fire is well worth a look.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The battlefield sequences unfold with surreal horror, while the human bonding in the foxholes emerges tenderly.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The film equivalent of an adult contemporary song.

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Jonathan Holland

Illuminated by Fire is a watchable if none-too-penetrating analysis of the traumatizing effects of a war largely forgotten.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Tristan Bauer's film portrays the Falklands War in 1982 as a mismanaged, vainglorious spasm of nationalism.

Louis Proyect

Bitter recollections of Argentina's ill-fated attempt to win control of the Malvinas from Great Britain.

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Julia Wallace
Village Voice

Tristán Bauer's new war movie has an even more bitterly ironic title in Spanish: Iluminados por El Fuego or Enlightened by Fire.

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Christopher Campbell

For an event rarely thought about outside of its involved countries, the film is a remarkable achievement.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Even though Blessed by Fire is undoubtedly well-made and sincere in its efforts to shine a light on this farcical episode, it also doesn't add anything to the "war is hell" genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
I like watching anti-war movies trouble is sometimes they are too bloody especially the ones based uopn real events. Heartbreaking sometimes.
The Shrewlord
This Argentine film about the Falklands War and its aftermath is largely unbiased and focuses on the tragedy of war and its traumatising effects. It is well… More