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(Foreign/Drama) Rather than live in his father's shadow, Perelman Jr. chose a different path. When his office is unexpectedly closed for several weeks, he doesn't tell his wife, instead he spends time with his son at his school and his father’s work. As his father begins to reach out to him, he is forced to question his roles as father, son, and husband and contemplate what lies ahead for himself and his family in this endearing and tender story.

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  • Actors: Jean Pierre Reguerraz, Daniel Hendler, Damian Dreizik, Julieta Diaz, Adriana Aizenberg
  • Directors: Daniel Burman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000N2HDH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on April 29, 2008
Format: DVD
DERECHO DE FAMILIA (FAMILY LAW), the third and final installment in Daniel Burman's trilogy, finds the lead character Ariel Perleman (Daniel Hendler) teaching law at the university, while giving us a play-by-play of the events that lead up to his being there. What's more, we get a sense of the great divide that exists between him and his father, who he only refers to as "Perleman Senior" (Arturo Goetz), who practices law out of a firm where several people feel his son should work as well. It's never really clear where the breakdown in their relationship took place. What is evident is that Ariel is reluctant to form any interpersonal relationships, other than the one he builds with his wife, Sandra (Julieta Diaz), who stands out in the crowd of his students--many of them young and female. Sandra teaches Pilates, and Ariel takes her classes to get closer to her, after she drops out of his law class. They marry and have a beautiful son, Gaston. Ariel fails to form a bond with him and Sandra must juggle all activities that involve their child, while Ariel remains off to the side. This is truly a character study in broken relationships and how they effect and alter those involved.

Daniel Burman succeeds in creating a beautiful, humorous and touching film. It engages and touches your heart, all the while making you think about the consequences that evolve out of estrangement and emotional abandonment. What's more, sometimes we have the power to turn this pain around if we're sincere. I don't want to ruin the evolution of the plot development here. You're just going to have watch it and see for yourself. This is just beautiful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on September 15, 2007
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This is a beautiful movie about the process of going from being a son to being a father. The role of the son is played by the Uruguayan Daniel Hendler, and he plays this part to perfection. He also gets the opportunity to be the narrator of the story, which is a prominent feature of the movie, and which he performs with a great versatility, giving his voice the necessary tone to convey the mood of the situation.

Daniel Hendler portrays Dr. Ariel Perelman, a lawyer that works as a professor at the university and as a defense attorney for the state. He has a peculiar relationship with his father, sometimes showing admiration, and at others being distant. The father, Perelman Sr. has a colorful set of clients, and he uses his people's skills to get through his day as quickly and efficiently as possible. The narration of one of his normal days at the beginning of the movie provides great insight into how things usually work in Latin America.

When Ariel becomes infatuated with Sandra, a student in his class, he decides right there and then that once classes are over, she is going to become his wife. And surprisingly this works, but not after a series of pilates classes and a civil trial. They soon have a son, and now Ariel has to adapt to being a father and trying to establish a bond that will not end up like the one he has with his own father.

The film has a good balance between serious / dramatic moments and others that are funny and relaxed. One of my favorite aspects was how the culture from the Rio de la Plata is incorporated in the movie, to show the idiosyncrasies of its people. For example, the name in the lobby of the building in which Dr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Alcat on May 7, 2007
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"Derecho de familia" (="Family law") is a charming Argentinian film directed by Daniel Burman. This movie is about the relationship between a father and his son, and how the son learns to be a father himself, trying to avoid making the same mistakes his father made with him. It is also a film about accepting change, growing up, love, and Argentina.

I know, those are many subjects, but Hendler somehow manages to delve upon them all in an engaging way. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always interesting. That is the reason why I give "Derecho de familia" 3.5 stars out of 5, and recommend it to you :)

Belen Alcat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Gilbert on June 26, 2007
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This is the marvelous final installment of the three-film autobiographical series of films by Argetinian director Daniel Burman, reminding me somewhat of Truffaut's early films, that follow the central character, played in all three films by Daniel Hendler, to this final point of marraige, fatherhood and new maturity. The films are each really about fatherhood and living in the shadow of a father. While my favorite remains the middle film, "Lost Embrace," for its wonderful, quirky characters, its spirit and humaneness, all three films, which begin with "Waiting For the Messiah" and are set in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires, are among my recent favorites. "Family Law" rounds off the tale with loss and delicacy and wry wisdom.
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By dolgoruky on January 3, 2008
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This film examines the rrelationship of an established, well-respected lawyer (Bernardo Perelman, played by Arturo Goetz) and his brilliant, up-and-coming lawyer son (Ariel, played by Daniel Hendler). Since the father and son work together in a two-man law firm the plot amplifies inevitable Oedipal confflicts. Ariel has a young son, and muses a great deal about what it means to be a father.
Such a film demands strong acting, since much of the complications and conflicts which develop inside the two main characters. Arturo Goetz is a very fine, who is a well known actor in the Spanish-speaking world, gives a solid performance as Bernardo. A winner of many awards in Argentian cinema, Goetz has recently appeared in the English-speakng world as a minor character in "No Country for Old Men." He certainly projects the image of the honored and well-respected senior lawyer. Bernardo's private life also comes under Ariel's scrutiny, and adds to the complexity of the conflict.
The highest acting honors, however, must go to Daniel Hendler. This actor is currently a hot property in Argentina. He has established a reputation as a young leading man in a number of films, many of them dealing with Jewish life in Buenos Aires. He has a very fine face, not conventionally handsome, but certaily fine to look at. Parts like this one bring out the best in him, as we see immediately his deep character. As they used to say in Hollywood, "the camera loves him," and he conveys much subtilty in miniscule gestures.
"Family Law" is not really a feel-good family movie, but family dynamics drive the plot. An important matter for this family is their Jewishness. If you've ever been to Buenos Aires, you know that the city has a fine, strong Jewish sub-culture.
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