Martin Echenique is a film director from Buenos Aires who has been living for more than 20 years in Madrid, spending his time with his much younger girlfriend Alicia and his best friend, the actor Dante. He has a 19-year-old son, named according to a tradition Martin as well, but known as Hache. Hache is living with his mother in Buenos Aires.
After his girlfriend leaves him, Hache has a nearly fatal drug overdose, thought by many to be an attempted suicide. Consequently Martin flies to Buenos Aires and Hache is sent back to Madrid together with his father for a while. Martin doesn’t want to take care for his son because he likes living alone and he doesn’t want to have any kind of bad influence on Hache as Alicia and Dante are both experienced drug users. Alicia tries hard to overcome the distance that Martin maintains, whereas Dante loves the adventurous life. While Martin is surrounded by passionate people, he himself hides his feelings out of an awful fright of being hurt. –Trigon Film
Adolfo Aristarain (born October 19, 1943 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine film director whom Variety has deemed a “master filmmaker.”
After leaving Argentina Aristarain started working as assistant director in the Arcente cinema, and then in Europe during his short exile for Mario Camus, Giorgio Stegani and Lewis Gilbert before returning to Argentina in 1974, following the death of Argentine president Juan Perón. His first 3 films did not receive favorable reviews, but in 1981 Tiempo de revancha received both critical acclaim and public success. Released in the midst of the so-called Guerra Sucia (“Dirty War”) when Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship, the film had strong political undercurrents but faced few problems from censors. As Aristarain would later explain, he initially included long, unnecessary sex scenes in the film, “so the censors took five days and questioned things—not politics or ideology but sex. All I had to do was cut a few frames at the end of some… read more