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What Family Law lacks in overt drama and conflict, it more than makes us with warm performances and smart, sharp dialogue.
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Full of subtle dark humor that won't make you bend with laughter but certainly may cause you to giggle.
A subtly perceptive charmer that was Argentina's entry for a best foreign film Oscar and might have been nominated in a less competitive year.
The lessons of this slight human comedy are not groundbreaking, but they do strike a warmly universal chord.
This observant little movie does delicately touch on those unspoken assumptions that animate so many filial relationships. And the wry, soft-spoken tone is a welcome one amid the dysfunctional burlesques Hollywood routinely extrudes.
With its slack plotting, the film itself feels as aimless as its main character.
Family Law offers a sweet, understated perspective on the psychological dance of wariness, hope and acceptance that occurs between many a father and son.
Family Law has a sweet sense of how families try to interact and connect... There's nothing big about this film but it's filled with small joys and insights.
It's a nice film, offering a few smiles and very likable performances. It could stand to have its themes fleshed out a little more, though.
...a charming and low-key effort from Argentina which was their contender for the foreign language Oscar, though it didn't get nominated.
Burman based this comedy-drama on his experiences as a new father, and the results are warmly observational but slightly navel-gazing.
Drastically overplotted and overwritten and could have used some editing to make it a tighter, more modest character piece.
Every movie is made up of certain nuts and bolts, and in Family Law they seem, quite frankly, a little loose.
[font=Century Gothic]"Family Law" starts with Ariel Perelman(Daniel Hendler), a law professor, recounting how he met and fell in love with his wife Sandra(Julieta Diaz), a Pilates instructor, while she was auditing one of his classes. So taken was he with her that he started attending her classes and even helped out with a trademark infringement suit filed against her with an assist from his father Bernardo(Arturo Goetz), a renowned lawyer. Years later, Ariel and Sandra have a son Gaston(Eloy Burman). Even with everything going on in his life, Ariel is still at a loss when he gets an unexpected month long break...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Family Law" is a knowing character study of not one person, but two which is important in considering the differences and similarities between fathers and sons. Ariel and Bernardo are both lawyers but very different ones and human beings. While both are uneasy with the concept of a vacation, Bernardo is social and active in his job while Ariel is withdrawn and passive. Ariel's attitudes were probably shaped by how he saw his father while growing up and perceptions are definitely an important part of their jobs, especially in how important a witness is in a trial.[/font]
Slight drama places Pop on pedestal, uses narration as frequent crutch.
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