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Son of the Bride (2001)

El hijo de la novia (original title)
A dissatisfied 40-year-old, separated and without time for his own daughter and girlfriend must rethink his life when his father decides to marry his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, by church.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 35 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Darín ... Rafael Belvedere
Héctor Alterio ... Nino Belvedere
Norma Aleandro ... Norma Belvedere
Eduardo Blanco Eduardo Blanco ... Juan Carlos
Natalia Verbeke ... Naty
Gimena Nóbile Gimena Nóbile ... Vicky
David Masajnik ... Nacho
Claudia Fontán ... Sandra
Atilio Pozzobón Atilio Pozzobón ... Francesco
Salo Pasik ... Daniel
Humberto Serrano Humberto Serrano ... Padre Mario
Fabián Arenillas Fabián Arenillas ... Sciacalli
Mónica Cabrera Mónica Cabrera ... Carmen
Giorgio Bellora Giorgio Bellora ... Marchiolli
Mónica Virgilito Mónica Virgilito ... Enfermera hospital


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Si la vida te paso de largo, ¿qué esperas para alcanzarla? [If life passed you by, what are you waiting for to reach it?] See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Juan José Campanella: the doctor who treats Rafael's heart condition. See more »


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 »


References The Dammed Rib (1999) See more »

User Reviews

Muy , muy linda amigos!!!!
25 May 2005 | by alessioman_22See all my reviews

A great feel-good type of film. Campanella lives up to promise and delivers yet again, as he dives head first into the story of a forty-something going through a mid-life crisis. Ricardo Darin (Rafael Belvedere) shows us why he's one of South America's biggest stars as he puts in a performance to rival "Nine Queens" (another great Argentinian film). He's complemented by Natalia Verbeke who plays his girlfriend (and who is in possession of the world's greatest smile) and Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro who play his parents. Aleandro in particular contributes some magnificent scenes, playing an aged woman struggling to cope with mental illness. A really good film that will restore your faith in humanity....A bit corny?? oh well.... Funny, original, and well put together. Recommended for everyone!!

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Official Sites:

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Argentina | Spain



Release Date:

16 August 2001 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,231, 24 March 2002

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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