Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Argentine En Retirada is set during the years 1976 through 1983. During that period, the Argentine army was pursuing a bloody campaign of terror against high- and low-born alike. Many citizens disappeared from the face of the earth, with no official explanation as to where, how or why. The film concentrates not on these victims but on one of their persecutors, a man named Oso (Rodolfo Ranni). When the government curbs the military and begins installing reforms, Oso finds himself without power and prestige. His family, friends, and even his old comrades-in-arms reject him as he seeks a new role in life. Boiling over with revenge, Oso mounts an anti-military, anti-government junta that makes him the target of both. En Retirada is a grimly ironic title: it translates to "In Retirement." Completed in 1984, the film was not released outside Argentina until 1987.
against-all-odds, oppression, politician