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A story about youn a young Evita and her fractured legacy
This documentary film was the opera prima of director Eduardo Mignogna. A teenage Eva Perón leaves her hometown and embarks on a train trip to Buenos Aires. The film connects fragments of this journey with footage from the '40s and' 50s, along with interviews of different personalities who met Eva Perón.The approach used is intelligent. The life of Eva Duarte told through testimonies and documents of the time, during the train trip of the teenager Evita (Flavia Palmiero) from Junín to the city of Buenos Aires.
Then we have very valuable testimonials from people who knew her personally or who lived with her at certain moments of her life. It begins with the memories of her school teacher, "since she was a child she liked to act and they asked for it from other schools". Or her childhood friend, who says she never saw her again.
We listen from the sociological analysis of Juan José Sebrelli and Juan Pablo Feinman, to the psychological ones of Arnaldo Rascovski. Intellectuals such as the writers Silvina Bullrich, Ernesto Sábato and Dalmiro Sáens and also politicians such as Arturo Mathov, Jorge Abelardo Ramos and Antonio Caffiero.
The beauty of each painting frame, which at times reminds us of Italian neorealism, is undeniable. However, the narrative may seem a little bit fractured and this non lineal structure sometimes distracts the audience. There is a sense of urgency in the documentary inserts that splashes the drama of the story, cutting a certain air of poetry that may be excessive in the reenacted scenes.
Can a group of reenacted scenes ruin everything a movie built up to a certain moment? The answer is not easy to answer. Without going into details, suffice it to say that the bitter taste of that decision of the director persists even after the final sequences that recover what the film seemed to be at first.