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Lost Embrace

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Set in Buenos Aires’ vibrant Jewish community, Lost Embrace conjures up an irresistible ensemble of engaging and quirky characters that pursue their dreams with humor, passion and an infectious generosity of spirit. Ariel is a recent college dropout with hopes of escaping a career at his mother’s lingerie store in a multi-cultural shopping mall. The job comes with its perks, but as tantalizing as helping beautiful women slip in and out of lingerie can be, Ariel seeks a more fulfilling life. Dressing-room trysts with sexy vixen Rita can’t go on forever; and Estela, his now pregnant ex-girlfriend, no longer needs him. While hoping to secure a European passport, which will allow him to travel the world, Ariel first has to shake a head-spinning dose of reality: his long-lost father is about to return, forcing Ariel to accept a long-overdue reunion with the father he has been running away from all his life.

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  • Actors:  Adriana Aizemberg Daniel Hendler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean, Spanish, Yiddish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQQI80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lost Embrace" on IMDb

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By M. Brusa on February 8, 2006
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This is a very unusual movie. Filmed in a loose hand held camera style, it conveys, for those of us who have experienced it, the feeling of daily life in Buenos Aires, in the post 2001 crisis, like nothing I have ever seen. The story, at first glance, might appear to be simple and sketchy. A second look does reveal a complex web of relationships and attitudes towards the immigrant/emigrant experience and towards the unexpected problems it places on the concept of personal identity. The story, told from the point of view of Ariel, the youngest member of the Makaroff family, chronicles the story of three generations of that family. In the end, the story stands as a chronicle of the immigrant experience (in Argentina, and also elsewhere) The movie becomes a pandora's box where the new immigrants and the old immigrants co-exist in an often unchartered territory. My favorite character is the grandmother, magnificently portrayed by the yiddish singer Rosita Londner. My favorite quote from the movie is the rabbi's definition of "grandchildren" (and I will not spoil it for you). Despite appearances, this movie is profound and complex. Multiple viewings, absolutely worth the time and effort in my opinion, will reveal unexpected layers upon layers of meanings previously missed. The jewish theme that permeates the story, ultimately becomes a universal story, for this is the story of those who come from abroad, of those who adopt the new home as theirs, of those who cannot return to a world that no longer exists and, ultimately, of those who are desperately trying to leave in contrast with those who, having left, return to re-establish the lost ties of family and friendships.Read more ›
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Shot with a hand-held camera, `Lost Embrace' (`El Abrazo Partido') is about a small world in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the world seen from one young male Ariel (Daniel Hendler) whose mother has a lingerie shop in the `galleria,' small-sized shopping center in downtown. You meet colorful people there - Joseph, Ariel's brother who runs grocery store; Rita, sexy internet café manager who comes to Ariel's shop and `tries on' the merchandize there, and Osvaldo, who is so `obscure' that nobody notices he is there.

But the film is in fact about Ariel himself, whose father left him and went to Israel while he was very young. (Like Woody Allen film, Ariel's Jewish roots play a significant role). Though Ariel's father sometimes calls his mother from Israel, Ariel has never met him in person. And probably he doesn't want to, for Ariel wants to get a Polish nationality in order to get out of this country and live in Europe.

This small Argentine film might not appeal to you if you're waiting for twists and turns in the plot. Nothing big happens in `Lost Embrace.' Though, in his frequent voiceover, Ariel says he is going to leave the country, his brother (and we) know that he lacks the will to really do so, and perhaps no character want to leave this galleria, the comfortable corner in the wide world the time has forgotten. Even when some secrets are revealed, Ariel never screams or cries. We know he is deeply frustrated at the way he lives his aimless life, and no doubt he is feeling his pains somewhere in his heart, but he is kind of a character who would keep running in pain, instead of crying.
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EL ABRAZO PARTIDO (LOST EMBRACE), Daniel Burman's 2003 release, is an engaging, humorous and intelligent continued look at the Jewish experience in Argentina. Ariel (Daniel Hendler), a recent college dropout, spends his days helping (I use this term loosely) at his mother's lingerie shop. Meanwhile, he ponders why his father abandoned the family and divorced his mother before Ariel was even born. The young man tries to escape his deep sadness through trysts with Rita, a sexy clerk at an internet store, as well as planning a trip to Europe to reclaim his Polish roots (possibly becoming a Polish citizen). He also encounters his ex-girlfriend, now pregnant with his child.

I believe that this film is a far stronger installment in comparison to WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH (ESPERANDO AL MESIAS), the first in this series. The characters are engaging and intelligent. We get a great sense of the diversity of cultures that exist side-by-side in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the mall, where most of the action takes place, Ariel works alongside Koreans, Italians, and others of Jewish background. It's great to see people interact with each other in such a natural and believable way. Cultural (and language) clashes are inevitable and play out amongst the characters (at times, hysterically so!). Filmmaker Daniel Berman's choice in casting the characters from his first film in this one (even going by the same names!) was a wonderful idea. Though, the scenarios are different, themes of family and identity are prevalent in this story, not unlike the last one. Please watch this film when you get a chance. I definitely recommend it.
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