Pedro y El Captain (1984)

Run Time - 137 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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An emotional portrayal of the psychotic, power-intoxicated dictator versus his powerless victim and opponent, this dramatic enactment of torture could be applicable to several Latin American countries. At an undisclosed location, in an interrogation room that could be anywhere, a prisoner named Pedro (Humbolt Riviero) is questioned and systematically tortured by a Captain (Rubén Yañez). Pedro is a member of a Marxist, anti-government organization and has been captured and put in prison, where the unnamed Captain is in charge of extracting the names of his co-conspirators, using any means possible, regardless of whether Pedro lives or dies. As the torture continues, and Pedro loses ground physically, the Captain says he is only carrying out orders, though he debases and humiliates Pedro with no regrets whatsoever. Originally written by the Uruguayan Mario Benedetti and staged as a play, this two-character drama is not given any particular cinematic flourishes in this film by Juan E. García.

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dictator, political-prisoner, power, psychopath, torture