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Son of the Bride (2001)
"El hijo de la novia" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 August 2001 (Argentina)
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At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rafael Belvedere
Héctor Alterio ...
Nino Belvedere
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Norma Belvedere
Eduardo Blanco ...
Juan Carlos
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Gimena Nóbile ...
Vicky
David Masajnik ...
Nacho
Claudia Fontán ...
Sandra
Atilio Pozzobon ...
Francesco
Salo Pasik ...
Daniel
Humberto Serrano ...
Padre Mario
Fabián Arenillas ...
Sciacalli
Mónica Cabrera ...
Carmen
Giorgio Bellora ...
Marchiolli
Mónica Virgilito ...
Enfermera hospital
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At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Era un hombre que lo tenía todo. Sólo le faltaba ser padre. Y ser hijo. Y ser hombre. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,231 (USA) (22 March 2002)

Gross:

$18,538 (Hong Kong) (1 August 2003)
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Trivia

In the scene in which Rafael discusses with his ex-wife, she replies at the chance of their daughter being in a school in Mexico: "Who will teach her? Professor Jirafales?" This is a direct reference to a Mexican TV show called "Chavo, El" (1973 ) which successfully stayed on air, in prime time, for more than a decade in Mexican television, as well as the rest of Latin America. (In the English subtitles of this scene, the wife says instead "Who will teach her? The Cisco Kid?") See more »

Quotes

Juan Carlos: Did you see "That Damned Rib"?
Rafael Belvedere: I don't watch Argentine movies. I work all day, you know how it is.
Juan Carlos: I don't watch Argentine reality.
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Halfway through the credits, we find Rafael and Juan Carlos watching a porn film and admiring it's particularly well-endowed star - the mysterious and elusive Dick Watson. See more »

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One of the best films ever... has it all.
20 May 2004 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

What else would you say if a movie offers you all this: true life comedy, real life any-day drama, touching moments, and most important: the true meaning of LOVE? Mix all this, in adequate proportions, and add a great script, and excellent performances from every actor in this film. The story has been well commented: Rafael (Ricardo Darín) is a workaholic men that spends his whole life trying to be more important that he really is, always forgetting about the ones that really care about him. But suddenly, a heart stroke and the appearance of Juan Carlos (Eduardo Blanco), a friend that he has not seen in 20 years, as a really true angel that came from the hell of a life full of tragic episodes, turns upside down Rafael's life. All this, mixed with the sacrifice that Rafael father is prepared to make: deny himself from traveling to his mother country, Italy, just to make her wife dream true: to have a wedding, in a church, before the eyes of god. This could be reasonable for any person, but the fact that his wife (Norma Aleandro) has a very advance Alzheimer disease, and his mind is elsewhere, transforms Alterio act in a truly loving and heroic one. To people around the world: go to your VHS or DVD store, and go directly to this movie. Do not fall in the usual blockbusters, that offer you more of the same. "Son of the Bride" has it all... you will not be disappointed. My score: 10 of 10.

PS: If this movie was produced in Hollywood (not likely), with Kevin Spacey, JAck Nicholson, and so, we would be taking about the best movie ever. No joke.


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