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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 fathers 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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It might seem a trivial point to some, but I was so happy to see Eloy Burman's (Gaston) name on the movie credits on the DVD cover--just as it should have been. If this had been any other child instead of the director's son, he would have just been shoved off to the side as children usually are. So I want to say "Thank You" Daniel Burman for sharing your beautiful son with your viewers. He will forever be in my heart and mind as one of the most important people in this film.
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. Also, if you've been to Buenos Aires and love the city as much as I do, the many outdoor shots will please you. It's not that the city is a full-blown character in the film, but the film is well shot, and the cirector, Daniel Burman, is particularly adept at using BA as the scenery.
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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