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A Twelve-Year Night (2018)

La noche de 12 años (original title)
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1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »


Álvaro Brechner
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Credited cast:
Antonio de la Torre ... José Mujica
Chino Darín ... Mauricio Rosencof
Alfonso Tort Alfonso Tort ... Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro
César Troncoso ... Militar
Soledad Villamil ... Psiquiatra
Sílvia Pérez Cruz ... Ivette (as Silvia Pérez Cruz)
Mirella Pascual ... Lucy
Nidia Telles Nidia Telles ... Rosa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Álvaro Armand Ugón Álvaro Armand Ugón
César Bordón César Bordón ... Sargento Alzamora
Luciano Ciaglia Luciano Ciaglia ... Gómez
John De Luca ... Soldado Martinez
Kornel Doman ... Keller
Lisandro Fiks Lisandro Fiks ... Cabo Sapito
Rogelio Gracia Rogelio Gracia


1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we can't kill them, let's drive them mad." The three men will remain in solitary confinement for twelve years. Among them is Pepe Mujica - later to become president of Uruguay. Written by Tornasol

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The only defeated are those who lower their arms


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Uruguay | Spain | Argentina | France | Germany



Release Date:

28 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Featured in Premios Goya 33 edición (2019) See more »


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Written and Performed by Sílvia Pérez Cruz (as Silvia Pérez Cruz)
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A must see
2 April 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

This movie is outstanding! Carefully documented, it reconstitutes the confinement, the total isolation, the abuse of all kinds that endured three political prisoners of the Tupamaros movement, during twelve long years, knowing that the military dictatorship of the Uruguay began with the coup of June 27, 1973. Thus, Álvaro Brechner has managed, with a superior ease, a cinematographic challenge: transform a soporific event in a journey as breathless as undesired. Soporific? Well... it's unfortunately a fact: in the depths of their prison, these three compañeros spent 99% of their day doing seemingly nothing. Thanks to Álvaro Brechner and these three splendid actors, you will be completely immersed in prison horror, even if you are devoid of empathy. You will be fully aware of this confused state of anxiety, hallucination, anger, fear, nightmare, resistance and hope that these three protagonists had naturally to go through. The director's approach is more psychological than truly political: through this story, he highlights the capacity of resilience and the ability to remain honest.

Moreover, the song of Simon and Garfunkel, "The Sound of Silence", interpreted almost a cappella by Silvia Pérez Cruz, moves the audience to the tears. A rare emotional force in perfect harmony with the movie!

Finally, in order to quibble a little bit, two hardly credible scenes: 1) A blindfold chess game via a Morse-code communication? 2) All the Uruguayan military bureaucracy would be necessary to realize the impossibility of defecating in a vertical position? Allow me doubting about these two scenes, but it's so comforting to imagine these men trying to break their loneliness (for the first one), and it's so hilarious (for the second one).

As a synthesis: what a masterful work!!

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