Family Law


Family Law

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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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Director Daniel Burman's "Fatherhood Trilogy" draws to a close with this follow-up to Lost Embrace detailing the efforts of a devoted lawyer and teacher to live up to the lofty standards set by his hard working father. Ariel Perelman, Jr. (Daniel Hendler) is a teacher whose widowed father Ariel Perelman, Sr. (Arturo Goetz) maintains a strict daily regimen even in his old age. When Perelman, Jr. marries one of his students following a brief courtship and the couple fast begins forming a family, his wife's departure for a Pilates retreat leaves Perleman, Jr. faced with the daunting prospect of caring for his sixty-five year old father and doing his best to live up the elder Perelman's expectations.


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Full of subtle dark humor that won't make you bend with laughter but certainly may cause you to giggle.

Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The lessons of this slight human comedy are not groundbreaking, but they do strike a warmly universal chord.

Feb 23, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 15, 2007 | Full Review…

With its slack plotting, the film itself feels as aimless as its main character.

Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

Family Law offers a sweet, understated perspective on the psychological dance of wariness, hope and acceptance that occurs between many a father and son.

Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Family Law


[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][/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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Slight drama places Pop on pedestal, uses narration as frequent crutch.

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