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Family Life (Vida de Familia) (2017)

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A young family temporarily relocates for the father's professorship, and an estranged cousin is recruited to house-sit. Martin, the cousin, is a peculiar, brooding, scruffy man. Eager to go, the family dismisses any doubts they have and leave the house in Martin's care. Left to his own devices, Martin listlessly chain-smokes and goes through Bruno's personal things. When Martin wanders out, he encounters an attractive single mother. He brings her to the house where he poses as a divorcee who doesn't get to see his daughter. They get hot and heavy, and soon Martin starts to play father figure to her son, turning their casual fling into domestic bliss, all while seemingly oblivious to the family's imminent return. Family Life intrepidly weaves together the perspectives of a couple nobly navigating their family doldrums, and Martin, a drifter seizing a short-term lease on family life. Chile's most original filmmakers, director Alicia Scherson and co-director Christián Jiménez, team up to knock out an unconventional and profound study of living vicariously in this aloof, melancholy comedy.

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Critic Reviews for Family Life (Vida de Familia)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

The ending is something of a disappointment, and reinforces a suspicion viewers may have had early on that perhaps there's less to Martin than meets the eye.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For all of the work that the filmmakers do to help us understand Martín's motives for the deception (not to mention Becker, whose performance is quite good), there's an important piece missing.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Nudity and scenes of energetic lovemaking spice up the meager narrative but can't make up for a flat ending.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

A big whiff of a Chilean dramedy that continues to only exist rather than barely amuse.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

A sharply observed and poignant parable.

January 21, 2017 | Full Review…

[Family Life is an] entertaining, dark, and occasionally poignant film.

August 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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