Cine La Americas: “El Estudiante”
April 28, 2012
By Jessika Gomez-Duarte
Austin Correspondent – Hispanic Trending
Through El Estudiante, Santiago Mitre uses the Argentinean university system to provide a commentary on broader political realities. Forget beer pong and frat parties, because in this university, political affiliations and idealism are the social fabric of student life. The film follows Roque Espinoza, an attractive young student who seems to wander the halls with no direction other than towards his next sexual conquest. One of his encounters is Paola, a young adjunct professor who draws him into the school’s political life. Soon we come to see that what Roque will learn is not in books or classrooms, but as a rising student leader, organizer and right hand man to his party’s candidate.
Roque personifies the politician: charismatic, a negotiator, and a person whose ethical character is constantly tested. Though the film is embedded in Argentinean politics that may be hard to grasp by outside audiences, certain themes remind us that in politics—whether in Argentina or in the US—personal relationships go a very long way.