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Dear Friends (1980)

Queridas amigas (original title)
Isabel, a doctor living in Catamarca, writes to her childhood friends, Esther and Mary, who live in Buenos Aires. After fifteen years of not hearing from each other, the three women reconnect.

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Carlos Orgambide
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Credited cast:
Dora Baret
Luisina Brando
Graciela Dufau
Carlos Estrada
Marcela López Rey
Rodolfo Ranni
Héctor Pellegrini Héctor Pellegrini
Roberto Carnaghi
Carlos La Rosa
Susana Latou Susana Latou
Mario Luciani Mario Luciani
Ana María Giunta
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Bigatti Aldo Bigatti
Cayetano Biondo Cayetano Biondo
Pedro Martínez Pedro Martínez
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Isabel, a doctor living in Catamarca, writes to her childhood friends, Esther and Mary, who live in Buenos Aires. After fifteen years of not hearing from each other, the three women reconnect.

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 June 1980 (Argentina) See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Rekindling Friendship
6 March 2018 | by NostalgicQuixoteSee all my reviews

Most of the films released in Argentina in 1980 are "light" or downright frivolous. Some notable exceptions are: _Tiro al aire_ (Mario Sabato), _Desde el abismo_ (Fernando Ayala), _Los miedos_ (Alejandro Doria), _El infierno tan temido_ (Raúl de la Torre), and _Queridas amigas_.

Far away from her native Buenos Aires, in the Province of Catamarca, Isabel (Dora Baret) is sitting at a table, looking at old photographs that inevitably plunge her back into the past. Her treasured memories are of the friendship she shared with two other young women, Esther (Luisina Brando) and Mary (Graciela Dufau). She begins to write a letter, "Queridas amigas..." Esther is now a middle-class masseuse, with a husband (Rodolfo Ranni, who also played Luisina Brando's husband in María Luisa Bemberg's _Señora de nadie_) and two kids. Mary married a wealthy man, and her environment is the shallow world of decorative arts and antiques. Isabel's letter reconnects the three friends, now mature women who know about life's joys and sorrows.

_Queridas amigas_ explores those friendships of childhood and/or adolescence that seem built to last, yet dissolve little by little once life becomes more complicated. Rarely, these friendships are rekindled. Another key theme is a woman's need for fulfillment and independence, both within and outside of marriage. Finally, the film also comments briefly on the capital/province dichotomy.

Dedicated to Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, who passed away in 1978, _Queridas amigas_ is touching and nostalgic, very well acted (by all three of the leading ladies) and very well shot. The ending may be a bit too much, but I chose to take it for its symbolic value.


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