El Estudiante/The Student

Apr 13, 2013

(Santiago Mitre, Argentina, 2011, Blu-ray, 110 min)

A political thriller of labyrinthine proportions and true Argentine blood, Santiago Mitre’s El Estudiante features the emerging actor Esteban Lamothe as an ambitious university student who plunges irrevocably into an internecine world of campus activism, which in a post-Peronist and recession-addled Buenos Aires is as heated, ideological, and duplicitous as the revolutionary zeitgeist of the '60s. Lamothe’s idealistic Roque is given an accelerated education in leadership when he falls for a radical instructor with unflappable conviction. The pace is brisk and the politics robust: a riposte to the ennui of its North American counterparts!

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