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El estudiante (The Student)

D: Santiago Mitre, ARG 2011, 110 min, English subtitles

El estudiante (The Student), film still | © Promo

El estudiante (The Student), film still | © Promo

Roque leaves the province to study in Buenos Aires. First, he “majors” in partying and women, stumbling sluggishly through everyday university life. When he falls in love with the politically active lecturer Paula, his passion for power games awakens. When a new dean is about to be elected, Roque plunges into a heated campaign full of surprises...

Mitre’s feature film debut is an elegantly refined political farce full of about-faces and intrigue. The university, as a setting for an ideological coming-of-age, reveals flashes of Argentina’s old, dirty political machinery.

“Is there anything as unusual as a university thriller? Mitre’s debut proves it.” Alan Pauls