Without singing even once, Esther Goris blows Madonna away as Eva Peron. Goris is riveting in this 1996 drama about the Argentinean politician whose acting career and affairs—central to Evita—are touched on only briefly; the focus is on her political goals and impact during the last years of her life. This slow-paced movie may appear dry and morbid compared to the musical version, but it's an effective character study with plenty of subtext: it's fascinating to watch Goris and Victor Laplace (as Juan Peron) demystify sensationalized figures. In Evita little Eva crashes her father's funeral; in Eva Peron she's allowed in—though when she recounts the story as an adult she says only that she was barred from the chapel because she was illegitimate. Eva Peron enables you to marvel at a character who's potent enough to command authority in a pink dress and frilly hat and passionate enough to evince fervor when bedridden; you're compelled to ponder her complex motivations throughout. Juan Carlos Desanzo directs a screenplay by Jose Pablo Feinmann. In Spanish with subtitles.