La Invitacion (1982)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Argentina  |  
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In this story about an arms dealer, the ostensible backdrop is a bloody gunfight between hundreds of leftists and rightists on June 20, 1973 near a bridge leading to the international airport in Buenos Aires. The spark that set off the shootings -- a full disclosure and death toll were never given -- was the return of former dictator Juan Dominguéz Perón from exile. After this moment in history is evoked by still photographs, the story switches to the distant San Martín de los Andes, far to the southwest of Buenos Aires. An arms dealer of German descent rules over his household there with an autocratic, dictatorial hand, and when a man comes, by invitation, to visit him and complete a deal for weapons (it is understood that these weapons are intended for one of the sides in the June 20th incident), the two men start an uneasy relationship. The visitor is actually more interested in the arms dealer's attractive daughter, and as the tensions build between the two men, a confrontation is sure to be the result.

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dictator, exile, family, love, love-triangle, weapons-dealer