El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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An empty house gives a woman a new lease on life but leaves her husband with a midlife crisis in this comedy from writer and director Daniel Burman. Leonardo (Oscar Martinez) is a successful playwright in his mid-fifties who has been married to Martha (Cecilia Roth) for most of his adult life. While Leonardo is still writing new work and in good health, he and Martha are both reacting in very different ways to the fact their youngest daughter, Julia (Inés Efron), is engaged to be married and
Apr 24, 2008 Wide
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There is one little problem with the Argentine drama Empty Nest, an all-too-convincing film about a man suffering from a middle-aged malaise: Nothing of interest happens.
Burman's fifth feature is too slight and uneven to fully satisfy, even though it does have much of the same wit and insight as Lost Embrace and Family Law, two previous films that earned the director many comparisons to Woody Allen.
In the end, it all can't help feeling a little slight, more a pleasant wade into a writer's neurotic playground than a satisfyingly deep dip.
The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting that should draw in viewers.
In Empty Nest, a couple is forced to question their identities and relationships now that parenting is not their most immediate concern.
The longer the film's fiftysomething playwright watches his marriage wither, his kids grow up and his teeth rot, the more psychological acuity gives way to the usual obsessing over loss and nubile females.
Empty Nest is light in tone and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and the humour is generally subtle and grown up.
A leisurely, genial look at a man escaping from his insecurities into a surreal fantasy life, keeping the audience guessing what is real, until he floats into maturity.
Tasteful and intelligent to a fault, but critically lacking in truly absorbing excitement.
An Argentinian film that offers some fresh twists and slants on the challenges of middle-age.
This sense of unreality, this feeling of being ill at ease in one's surroundings is communicated via Burman's off-kilter, rhythmic filmmaking.
It's one of those films whose appeal grows post-screening. Fluently shot with frequent but not jerky handheld camera shots and engagingly edited, Empty Nest is discreetly stylish.
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