Lost Embrace (2005)


Critic Consensus: A low-key but charming tale that will put a smile on your face.


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This is Ariel's world: the small, slightly seedy shopping center in downtown Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day, the Koreans sell feng-shui and old Osvaldo sells nothing. Where Ariel's mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It's a comfortable little world, in spite of an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Many young people are searching for their immigrant roots to obtain a coveted foreign passport, the key to a world full of promise. Ariel, however, wants more than a passport from Poland, where his grandparents fled to escape the Holocaust. He wants to understand. Why his father left his family shortly after his birth to fight a war in Israel. Why he never returned. And why this seems to leave his mother and brother indifferent...But the truth changes. And when Ariel's father returns, he brings with him new truths, a new story and, ultimately, a long-overdue embrace--one that had been lost for so long.

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Daniel Hendler
as Ariel Makaroff
Adriana Aizemberg
as Sonia Makaroff
Jorge D'Elía
as Elias Makaroff
Sergio Boris
as Joseph Makaroff
Rosita Londner
as Grandmother
Diego Korol
as Mitelman
Isaac Fajm
as Osvaldo
Isaac Fain
as Osvaldo
Norman Erlich
as Rabbi Benderson
Atilio Pozzobon
as Saligani Father
Pablo Kim
as Li Kue
Catalina Cho
as Li Khue
Monica Cabrera
as Saligani Mother
Franco Tirri
as Saligani Son
Luciana Dulitzky
as Saligani Daughter
Eloy Burman
as Saligani Baby
Eduardo Wigutow
as Moshe Levin
Arnoldo Schmidt
as Moshe Levin's Brother
Juan Minujín
as Lad in Bar
Fanny Lavintman
as Mitelman's Secretary
Salo Pasik
as Marcos 'El Colorado'
Adrian Fondari
as Manukian Homeless Man
Gerardo Del Aguila
as The Peruvian
Wolfram Hecht
as Polish Consul
Eva Wylazlowska
as Consul Secretary
Jorge Boigen
as Uncle Jorge
Sergio Kaplan
as Rikudim Dancer
Jaime Kantorovich
as Rikudim Dancer
Ariel Yohai
as Rikudim Dancer
Daniel Yohai
as Rikudim Dancer
Gabriel Stronguin
as Rikudim Dancer
Jorge Bromberg
as Rikudim Dancer
Mario Elenewaig
as Rikudim Dancer
Gladys Levingston
as Rikudim Dancer
Eva Tocker
as Rikudim Dancer
Elida Schmorak
as Rikudim Dancer
Susana Dolinko
as Rikudim Dancer
Olga Ostrovsky
as Rikudim Dancer
Sergio Segaloff
as Rikudim Dancer
Diana Szperling
as Rikudim Dancer
Alejandro Glimberg
as Rikudim Dancer
Fabio Mirchuk
as Rikudim Dancer
Monica Rubinstein
as Rikudim Dancer
Analia Sidlik
as Rikudim Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Lost Embrace

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

As visually captivating as it is emotionally engaging.

Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film's sophistication -- and it is an immensely sophisticated film -- lies in its refusal to tuck in too tightly its shirttails.

Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Plays out in a low-key but charming fashion.

Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Burman explored this world before in 2000's Waiting for the Messiah, but in Lost Embrace, his maturity results in a much tighter and engaging film.

May 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Burman succeeds in involving us with the kind of characters who don't normally find their way to the big screen.

Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: B

A beautifully crafted film. Full of intriguing tracking shots, broken into vignettes introduced with lyrical titles, it has a willfully patient pace.

Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Lost Embrace

Nice visuals and good emotions drawn by the actors. Sophisticated for a comedy.

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