Camila (1984): Argentina's Oscar Entry


In this historical love story, set in Argentina in the nineteenth century, Camila, a Catholic woman from the upper class fall for a Jesuit priest.
The tale describes how the couple runs away from the church and state authority, but in the end, the priest's weakness defeats them.
Despite the melodramatic trappings—it's yet another version of amour four and love on the run—this intriguing film is well directed and well acted by Maria Luisa Bemberg.
The tale bears strong thematic resemblance to the cult item, "Elvira Madigan."
Oscar Nominations: 1
Foreign Language
Oscar Awards: None
Oscar Context
The winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar was "Dangerous Moves" from Switzerland, in a race that included "Beyond the Walls" from Israel, "Double Feature" from Spain, and "Wartime Romance" from the Soviet Union.