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

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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 ...
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Storyline

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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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16 August 2001 (Argentina)  »

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Son of the Bride  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,508 (Hong Kong) (11 July 2003)

Gross:

$18,538 (Hong Kong) (1 August 2003)
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This film was Argentina's 5th nomination to an Academy Award for best foreign language film. Actor Héctor Alterio was in four of them (The Truce, Camila, The Official Story - which won in 1986, and this one). 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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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »

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Impossible not to like...
5 September 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Very sweet mid-life crisis movie from Argentina starring the brilliant

Ricardo Darín from 'Nine Queens'. Darin plays Rafael, a driven

restaurant owner who's stressed lifestyle and continuous intake of

ristrettos and cigarettes earns him a heart attack. Lying in his

hospital bed he resolves to start 'a new cycle', simplifying his life.

This proves harder than he expects. Gorgeous younger girlfriend

Nat wants commitment, ex-wife Sandra heaps scorn on his

neuroses and his dapper father wants financial help in enacting a

touching gesture to his wife of 44 years: a proper wedding

ceremony.

Rafael is assisted in meeting these challenges by the appearance

of an old friend, Juan Carlos. Played with memorable comic

energy by Eduardo Blanco (a kind of Argentine Roberto Benigni),

Juan Carlos' loyalty and friendship - and the story of his own

triumph over tragic life circumstances - helps Rafael understand

the treasure he possesses without appreciating it: family.

It may sound kind of soppy, and at moments 'Son of the Bride'

does teeter into sentimentality, but on the whole this is a

consistently entertaining movie, the best of its kind I've seen in a

long time. The film's script is very nearly brilliant, stuffed full of bon

mots and witty asides, from the Padre describing his new speaker

system as 'omnipresent' to Juan Carlos' Jesus-Christ-as-

Maradonna joke.

But its quality lies in more than just a list of gleaming one-liners

and 'zingy' exchanges. There's acres of depth here too, in passing

observations about the universality of corruption in modern day

Argentina, to wry observations about the hypocrisy of the church.

Campanella covers a lot of bases - much more so than comparable comedies from the US - without ever losing his

lightness of touch. It's this that raises 'Son of the Bride' above the

mass and makes it a movie that I'm actually very keen to see

again.

Impossible not to like, then, and if the ending doesn't leave you

with a tear in your eye, you're a heartless swine.



I actually caught 'Son of the Bride' last night in a double with 'Nine

Queens'


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