Lost Embrace (2004)
"El abrazo partido" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  25 March 2004 (Argentina)
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In Buenos Aires, the twenty and something year old Jewish-Argentinean Ariel Makaroff has left the University of Architecture and spends his time wandering through the downtown gallery where... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariel Makaroff
Sonia Makaroff
Jorge D'Elía ...
Elías Makaroff
Sergio Boris ...
Joseph Makaroff
Rosita Londner ...
Abuela de Ariel
Diego Korol ...
Silvina Bosco ...
Isaac Fajm ...
Atilio Pozzobon ...
Saligani Papá
Mónica Cabrera ...
Saligani Mamá
Franco Tirri ...
Saligani Hijo
Luciana Dulizky ...
Saligani Hija
Saligani Bebé
Juan José Flores Quispe ...


In Buenos Aires, the twenty and something year old Jewish-Argentinean Ariel Makaroff has left the University of Architecture and spends his time wandering through the downtown gallery where his mother has a lingerie shop and his brother runs an importation business, trying to get his Polish passport and move to Europe. Ariel has never understood why his father left him when he was a baby to fight in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. When his father returns to Buenos Aires, Ariel discovers the reason why his father left his family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lost Embrace  »

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$18,564 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$189,763 (USA) (8 July 2005)

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está bárbara la peli!
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen the movie several times now, and keep loving the very porteño lines, the perfect way in which the filmmaker captures the unique setting of Once (and a little of Abasto), as well as the tone of 2002/2003 there in Buenos Aires. The delicate portrayals of emotion and spirit are heart-rending and hilarious together. For anyone who knows Buenos Aires beyond the bullshit vended to you by some tourism operator, this film will delight you. It also has enough appeal and quirkiness to charm broader audiences that have some curiosity about slice-of-life films from elsewhere. If you have seen Berman's film "Esperando al Mesías," many people will look familiar in this movie, but it's only the actors, not the characters who are the same, and even though only a few. Like that other movie, there is also much emphasis on Argentine Jewish everyday life, but not in a way that is insular at all -- bringing in, instead, the rest of life that can combine effortlessly or create the conflicts and commotions that keep life and culture vibrant. Berman also seems to show a strength across his movies in grappling with the importance of longer-standing histories in their very simple, quotidian upcroppings. In all, an excellent film by an excellent filmmaker.

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