Family Law (2006)
"Derecho de familia" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 March 2006 (Argentina)
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As he adjusts to being a husband and father, Ariel Perelman meditates on the ways in which he is similar -- and so very different -- from his own dad.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariel Perelman
Arturo Goetz ...
Bernardo Perelman
Gastón Perelman
Jean Pierre Reguerraz ...
tío Eduardo Perelman
Dmitry Rodnoy ...
Luis Albornoz ...
Darío Lagos ...
tío Mamuñe
Damián Dreizik ...
Gerardo del Águila ...
Eduardo Santoro ...
Ismael Troitiño ...
Pablo Razuk ...
Marcos Montes ...


As he adjusts to being a husband and father, Ariel Perelman meditates on the ways in which he is similar -- and so very different -- from his own dad.

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In order to be a good father, he'll have to learn how to be a good son


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Release Date:

23 March 2006 (Argentina)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$128,552 (Argentina) (24 March 2006)


$37,810 (USA) (9 March 2007)

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Argentina's entry for 2007 Golden Globes Awards for the category of Best Foreign Language Film. See more »


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4 December 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I found this review today, I love the film! Its excellent, charming and you must see the little boy...

The drama begins with the voice-over narration of Perelman (Daniel Hendler), a lawyer in Buenos Aires who teaches at a university. He's talking about the habits of his father, Perelman Sr. (Arturo Goetz), a popular and successful barrister who meets with his clients where they work or in restaurants so he can size them up in a personal setting. He is very close to his secretary (Adriana Aizemberg) since his wife is dead. Work fills his days, and his son his astonished by his energy. Perelman Jr. has a rather lackadaisical lifestyle.


After lusting after Sandra (Julieta Diaz), a looker in his class, Perelman Jr. marries her, and she starts teaching pilates in their apartment. They have a son, Gaston (Eloy Burman), who turns out be quite the little charmer. Perelman Jr.'s office building is shut down for a month, and he is given some time off, but he doesn't share this news Sandra. Asked at school to participate in a program, he rebels but eventually capitulates.


Family Law explores in a realistic and touching way the emotional barriers that often block intimate conversation between fathers and sons. Perelman Jr. intuits that something different is going on with his father but does not ask him about it. He forgets to buy a birthday present for his father's 65th birthday and is embarrassed to admit it.


Many sons are intimidated by their larger-than-life fathers and spend a lot of time hiding in their shadows. Perelman Jr.'s lack of drive comes through in his relationship with Sandra as well. He has the habit of falling into bed at night and sleeping in his shirt and tie. She is very patient with his foibles and when she goes away for the first time since the birth of their son, she hopes that her husband will be able to manage without her.


Daniel Hendler puts in a rounded and relaxed performance as the underwhelming Perelman Jr., a young man who slowly comes into his own. Family Law is the official entry from Argentina for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards.


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