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Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)

Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido) (2005)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 8

A low-key but charming tale that will put a smile on your face.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

A low-key but charming tale that will put a smile on your face.



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This is Ariel's world: the small, slightly seedy shopping center in downtown Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day, the Koreans sell feng-shui and old Osvaldo sells nothing. Where Ariel's mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It's a comfortable little world, in spite of an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Many young people are searching for their immigrant roots to obtain a coveted foreign passport, the key to a world full of promise.

Feb 14, 2006

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

As visually captivating as it is emotionally engaging.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The film's sophistication -- and it is an immensely sophisticated film -- lies in its refusal to tuck in too tightly its shirttails.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Plays out in a low-key but charming fashion.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Burman explored this world before in 2000's Waiting for the Messiah, but in Lost Embrace, his maturity results in a much tighter and engaging film.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Burman succeeds in involving us with the kind of characters who don't normally find their way to the big screen.

April 15, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Affectionate, funny and ultimately moving, Burman's fourth feature embraces humanity in the Argentinean marketplace.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Does what it sets out to do--celebrate the good nature of those people who, despite life's difficulties, remain true to their loved ones, their friends, and themselves.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film's moments of whimsy and its wry comic insights into one man's Prufrockian drifting and yearning through life add up to a charming oddity.

December 21, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

film that gives ultimate impression of missed opportunity

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

This is an amusing movie with a warm fuzzy ending that makes you feel like you just been hugged.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

A small film whose structural weaknesses are largely redeemed by its big heart.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Hendler's center-stage performance can be considered refreshingly natural or annoyingly brooding, depending on your tolerance for cynical self-analysis played for comedy.

May 12, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A quirky comedy from Argentina along the lines of TV's Arrested Development.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

May be the least exciting movie ever set in a lingerie shop.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

An interminable slog through congested headspace.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Some movies you like. Some you don't. Others just make you shrug your shoulders.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

... a film of minor pleasures. Burman recognizes the emotional bruises friends and family cause and he doesn't judge when his characters are unable to forgive...

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)

Nice visuals and good emotions drawn by the actors. Sophisticated for a comedy.
January 12, 2012
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