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El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest)

El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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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

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (9)

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.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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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.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting that should draw in viewers.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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In Empty Nest, a couple is forced to question their identities and relationships now that parenting is not their most immediate concern.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Empty Nest is light in tone and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and the humour is generally subtle and grown up.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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.

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Tasteful and intelligent to a fault, but critically lacking in truly absorbing excitement.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An Argentinian film that offers some fresh twists and slants on the challenges of middle-age.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This sense of unreality, this feeling of being ill at ease in one's surroundings is communicated via Burman's off-kilter, rhythmic filmmaking.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A generally absorbing Walter Mitty fantasy, Argentine style.

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Una comedia dramática algo melancólica sobre la crisis de los 50, desde el punto de vista de un hombre cuyos hijos han dejado el hogar. Estupenda labor de Oscar Martínez.

July 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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