ARGENTINA, 1985 started off a bit difficult to watch; it’s a period piece (if you couldn’t tell by the title) that takes place in a country whose history I know little about. But the film completely clears that hurdle and more.
The story follows the true story of a public prosecutor tasked with (literally) protecting democracy. It’s the nascent days of Argentina’s newly formed government, following years of a brutal military dictatorship. The battles in the film are fought in the courtroom, but the stakes are clear. And even though the events that led up to the story may be specific to the titular country, the film feels universal.
On top of an intense and compelling story, I was also caught off guard by the emphasis on not only Julio César Strassera, the Chief Prosecutor, himself, but his team; something about the generational divide of public opinion resonated with me. If you’re looking for an exciting legal drama and are willing to learn a thing or two, I highly recommend this movie.
ARGENTINA, 1985 is available to stream on Prime Video.
And fun fact – I watched this movie en route to Argentina because how could I not?