fbpx

Enlightened by Fire

Director: Tristan Bauer

ARGENTINA-SPAIN • 2005 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 103 MIN.


The first Argentine feature film about the 1982 Malvinas/Falklands War to be even partly shot in situ, Enlightened By Fire raised temperatures and debate at home. Director Tristan Bauer’s film is both a potent antiwar diatribe and an attempt to exorcise the demons raised by the conflict. Narrated in flashback, it tells of a 40-year-old man whose friend’s suicide triggers off memories of their shared war experiences. The film successfully captures the tedium and discomfort of the Argentine soldiers during the month-long wait for the arrival of the British forces, and the ‘long live the fatherland’ speech from their lieutenant is rendered brutally hollow by the first demonstration of British air power. The combat sequences are very impressive and the film is filled with fascinating pieces of information—such as the fact that 300 Malvinas vets committed suicide (more than died in combat).

Book Tickets

}