Empty Nest

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  • Summary: Cultured, prosperous, blessed with three children and many friends, Leonardo and Martha are a truly enviable example of the species "married couple." Leonardo is an author of considerable repute; Martha, a hyperactive housewife with academic interests. Leonardo sits back and observes; MarthaCultured, prosperous, blessed with three children and many friends, Leonardo and Martha are a truly enviable example of the species "married couple." Leonardo is an author of considerable repute; Martha, a hyperactive housewife with academic interests. Leonardo sits back and observes; Martha forges ahead and acts. An enviable couple? They both begin to question their happiness when Julia, their youngest, marries and leaves Buenos Aires. The house is empty, the children scattered all over the world. For Leonardo and Martha, there are no more excuses for not addressing all those little grievances and annoyances that have piled up over the years. Martha seeks release by going back to the university and surrounding herself with people. Leonardo takes refuge in fantasies that become so real that he can´t distinguish them from reality. (Bavaria Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 80
    Dark and light invariably go hand in hand in Burman's work, but this tender, goofily circular portrait of how we fill up the cavernous space once occupied by children begins and ends, beautifully, with an image of a man and a woman floating head to head on water--hapless, helpless, happy.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting.
  4. 40
    The film dithers along with Leonardo, whose self-involved tedium -- and the movie's -- is occasionally interrupted by fantasy sequences.

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