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  • Summary: Ariel Perelman is an attorney, like his father. And, because it is customary in Argentina to do so, the people refer to them both as Dr. Perelman -- regardless of whether they mean the father or the son. Yet it is not so much sharing the same name that bothers Perelman Junior as not knowingAriel Perelman is an attorney, like his father. And, because it is customary in Argentina to do so, the people refer to them both as Dr. Perelman -- regardless of whether they mean the father or the son. Yet it is not so much sharing the same name that bothers Perelman Junior as not knowing if he is beginning to look just like his father -- or at least, the exact opposite. (IFC First Take Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Writer-director Daniel Burman's dryly humorous, poker-faced comedic style is once again in full play in this funny and touching film about a young Argentine man and his aging father, both of whom happen to be lawyers.
  2. It's a serious subject handled with humor -- not the ha-ha kind, but the hard laughter that comes from recognizing parts of yourself in the Perelmans.
  3. Burman tends to focus very tightly on the details of individual identity - religion, nationality, gender. It is all the more striking, then, that his restrained and unassuming films are wise enough to speak to every adult.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It's a deceptively small film, one whose observations may continue to detonate quietly in your mind after the lights have come up.
  5. Engaging and well acted, the film is admirably low-key, yet Burman's relaxed approach becomes a liability--everything goes down smoothly but leaves one hungry for something more substantial.
  6. 50
    After sitting a while in front of my computer trying to come with the right word to describe the Argentine soaper Family Law, I've settled on "diverting." You will be entertained, but you won't tax your brain.

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  1. SebastianG.
    Jan 26, 2007
    10
    Burman gets even better with this last movie of his trilogy of Jewish fathers from Waiting the Mesaiah to Lost Embrace, this one is a great Burman gets even better with this last movie of his trilogy of Jewish fathers from Waiting the Mesaiah to Lost Embrace, this one is a great story and very well told! Expand
  2. MarieSamuels
    Jan 8, 2007
    10
    This is an intelligent and touching family drama with lots of comedic touches. It is a humanistic story and portrays an unfamiliar world -- This is an intelligent and touching family drama with lots of comedic touches. It is a humanistic story and portrays an unfamiliar world -- that of the Buenos Aires Jewish intellectuals. A winner. Collapse
  3. PaulKane
    Dec 7, 2006
    9
    I saw two films from Argentina last month. If you have an interest, you will not be disappointed. Great!
  4. Sep 1, 2010
    8
    Derecho de Familia trata de todo eso que se da por entendido, que no se dice abiertamente, que se olvida o que se da por enterado: esosDerecho de Familia trata de todo eso que se da por entendido, que no se dice abiertamente, que se olvida o que se da por enterado: esos pequeños intercambios, esas miradas furtivas, esos valores compartidos o confrontados que forman la vida familiar en general y la relación padres/hijos en particular. Aquí no hay tragedias insolubles sino el olvido del cumpleaños del papá, aquí no hay secretos inconsables sino ciertas omisiones inocentes que a nadie hacen daño. Y las lecciones aprendidas no se subrayan pero se entienden: Perelman hijo ve a su precoz niñito Gastón, vestido como él en cierto festival infantil de fin de cursos, pero amorosamente no se hace ilusiones ni tiene mucha prisa: "que se parezca a mí cuando quiera, si es que quiere". Expand

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