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Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1478-0488
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0608


Three of the best-known Latin American films of recent times have the absent father as a central figure. These are (Solanas, 1991), (Salles, 1998) and (González Iñárritu, 2000). These three films represent societies where the patriarchs have fallen, masculinity is being redefined, the state is useless and young men are confronted with the challenge of facing futures without the help of fathers or their national governments. Each film argues for solidarity among people in the absence of paternal figures and an effective state: however, each identifies different causes for the crisis in patriarchy and masculinity and suggests its own solutions. This article analyses the different ways in which the theme of the absent father is explored in these films. In addition, the paper examines the relationship that the texts establish between flawed paternal models and failures of national governments, and draws attention to the visions of the future that each film represents.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): absent fathers; Iñárritu; Latin American films; patriarchy; Salles; Solanas
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