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

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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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Ariel Perelman
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Bernardo Perelman
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Gastón Perelman
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Sandra
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Norita
Jean Pierre Reguerraz ...
tío Eduardo Perelman
Dmitry Rodnoy ...
Germán
Luis Albornoz ...
Echechuny
Darío Lagos ...
tío Mamuñe
Damián Dreizik ...
Damidjian
Gerardo del Águila ...
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Eduardo Santoro ...
Santoro
Ismael Troitiño ...
Metrosexual
Pablo Razuk ...
Abogado
Marcos Montes ...
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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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In order to be a good father, he'll have to learn how to be a good son

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$5,384 (USA) (8 December 2006)

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$37,810 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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Minimalism that's too minimal
15 February 2008 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie because it's refreshingly different from Hollywood fare. It doesn't slam you in the face with obvious, hackneyed comedy or drama. It doesn't pontificate or send us strong signals from the belly of existential angst, although that is one of its underlying premises.

The problem with the film is that it's pretty static; it doesn't gather momentum, it doesn't draw us in with any kind of a solid story. It's a would-be philosophical offering about father and son lawyers (Arturo Goetz and Daniel Hendler respectively), and how a son can aspire to be like his father, but never can. Despite our connection by blood, we can never replicate our parents.

In Daniel Burman's film, we must do some thinking, which is fine with me; thinking about a movie is getting rare these days. We fill in a lot of blanks with this film, which is guided by minimalist techniques. Enter another problem: when we don't really feel like filling in the blanks, when the film just isn't that engaging to make us WANT to fill in the blanks, then we're left dangling.

'Dereche de Familia' is interesting because it's off-key and unpredictable. Other than that, it doesn't have much going for it. There is a lot of potential for dramatic or comedic character development, but it just keeps falling short.

I was perplexed when Hendler (the son) married a gorgeous pilates instructor (Julieta Diaz). Despite this, we never really see Diaz's hard body, and there is only a hint of sexual activity. If Diaz is set up as a sexy 'other,' why is she just physically ignored?

Somebody had to be crass and state the obvious. Welcome to my world.


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