Camila Essay

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The 1984 Argentine melodrama film, Camila, directed and co-written by María Luisa Bemberg is based on the true story of Camila O’Gorman. The film is centred on the life of its main protagonist, Camila, who is from a wealthy and well respected family which supports the dictatorship of Juan Manuel de Rosas. In particular, the film captures Camila’s affair with Father Ladislao Gutiérrez and what is distinctively interesting is that regardless of his oath to the cloth, Father Ladislao is unable to resist Camila’s advances. As such, both are forced to elope and live under false pretences. Yet, this ‘sacrilegious’ union is not without consequences as both Camila and Ladislao are sentenced, imprisoned and executed on Rosas’ order. In this regard,…show more content…
Interestingly, Bemberg juxtaposes entrapment with resistance to patriarchy. Therefore, we can posit that Camila’s choice to pursue Ladislao goes against the patriarchal system in more ways than one. On one hand, she disobeys and refuses the choice her paternal father has made for her, that is Ignacio, as her mate and on the other hand, Camila’s choice of mate depicts the failure of Rosas’ dictatorship as he is unable to truly propagate and enforce his ideologies but more importantly it underlines an insolence to the patriarchal values on which the government and all other social institutions including the family and church are built. The physical entrapment of Camila and La Perichona in the film highlights the function of the patriarchal system that has suppressed females’ expression of love in Argentina during the reign of Rosas. However, the issue of female entrapment leads to resistance. Camila’s entrapment with her passion has led her to act against values of the patriarchal system so as to satisfy her desires, whereas the physical entrapment is an indication that she has rebelled against the system, as such her privileges has been restricted. Thus, in the event that Camila had not challenged the patriarchal system then she would not have faced imprisonment and her life would have been

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