THE HOUSE IN ARGUELLO

LA CASA DE ARGUELLO

By Valentina LLORENS

ATLANTICO - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2018

After the appearance of her uncle’s remains, who had been disappeared during the Argentine military dictatorship, Valentina (the director, born in jail) explores the stories of her grandmother, Mother of Plaza de Mayo, and her mother, political prisoner, to find her own missing memories.

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Ventana Sur 2017
Video Library
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Valentina LLORENS
    • Writer(s)
    • Leonel DAGOSTINO
    • Producer(s)
    • Mariano AVELLANEDA (Atlantico), Nicolas BATLLE, Luciano QUILICI
    • Synopsis
    • Sebastian Llorens’s bones (disappeared during the last military dictatorship in Argentina) are found haphazardly. The return of the bones to the family opens a wound that seemed to be closed.
      New layers of information open through four generations of women in the family, where the pain experienced takes a new way.
      Each one tells the story from her own perspective: Nelly, her family saga and the pain of having lost two of her children; Fatima, the fact of having been a political prisoner and the sadness of having been a mother in prison; Valentina, fuzzy memories of a birth behind bars and the long road to reencounter her mother Fatima; Frida, finally, is witness to the fact that moves her mother’s Valentina family, when Sebastián’s remains come to the fore.
      Nelly, Mother of Plaza de Mayo. Raised in Santiago del Estero, she marries Emilio Llorens, and together form a Christian family.
      Most of their children join the guerilla’ ranks. Still in democracy Llorens family is devastated: the paramilitary forces blows up the family house.
      Sebastian disappears; Pablo is killed in combat and four others fall as political prisoners, one of them is Fatima, Valentina’s mother.
      Fatima discovers her pregnancy after torture. The news brings her back to life.
      Two years later, Fátima is released on parole, One night, military seek Fatima again. But she is not home. When she returns, the family asks her to surrender, not to put them at risk. Fatima decides to run away and manages to exile in Sweden.
      Valentina is born in penitentiary. She is taken to live with Nelly, keeping the bond with her mother through letters and drawings sent from jail. Fátima will be released and will meet her daughter when the girl is three years old. But this life will not last long. One night, playing, Valentina accidentally takes contraceptives and when they leave to the hospital, military arrive at the house looking for Fátima.
      That fortuitous fact saves the life of her mother who is now forced to walk away from her to preserve her. She grows up with her grandparents, having no memories of this stage of her qlife. A year later she manages to travel to Sweden with her grandmother. There, she reconnects with Fatima and a life in exile.
      Frida, being five years old, at the age when the questions about life and death start to show up, the remains of her great uncle appear.
      He is a relative from whom she has not heard so far, and now takes full importance in the family.
      Valentina tries to explain Frida what happened with her great uncle. Who is Sebastián? Is always death that way: violent and clandestinely?
      The appearance of the remains opens a world of questions. Those scientific are quickly answered by forensic anthropology. Others, continue to revolve the family becoming the axis that will organize it.
      Nelly seems to close a cycle; Fatima reopens memories that never before told her daughter; Valentina completes this documentary for her two children Frida and Lorenzo.