El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest)
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An empty house gives a woman a new lease on life but leaves her husband with a midlife crisis in this comedy from writer and director Daniel Burman. Leonardo (Oscar Martinez) is a successful playwright in his mid-fifties who has been married to Martha (Cecilia Roth) for most of his adult life. While Leonardo is still writing new work and in good health, he and Martha are both reacting in very different ways to the fact their youngest daughter, Julia (Inés Efron), is engaged to be married and soon to move out of the house. Martha returns to college to complete her studies and begins moving in a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is one little problem with the Argentine drama Empty Nest, an all-too-convincing film about a man suffering from a middle-aged malaise: Nothing of interest happens."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting that should draw in viewers."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Empty Nest is light in tone and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and the humour is generally subtle and grown up."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"An Argentinian film that offers some fresh twists and slants on the challenges of middle-age."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's one of those films whose appeal grows post-screening. Fluently shot with frequent but not jerky handheld camera shots and engagingly edited, Empty Nest is discreetly stylish."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"Burman's fifth feature is too slight and uneven to fully satisfy, even though it does have much of the same wit and insight as Lost Embrace and Family Law, two previous films that earned the director many comparisons to Woody Allen."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"In Empty Nest, a couple is forced to question their identities and relationships now that parenting is not their most immediate concern."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"A leisurely, genial look at a man escaping from his insecurities into a surreal fantasy life, keeping the audience guessing what is real, until he floats into maturity."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"This sense of unreality, this feeling of being ill at ease in one's surroundings is communicated via Burman's off-kilter, rhythmic filmmaking."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Una comedia dramática algo melancólica sobre la crisis de los 50, desde el punto de vista de un hombre cuyos hijos han dejado el hogar. Estupenda labor de Oscar Martínez."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The longer the film's fiftysomething playwright watches his marriage wither, his kids grow up and his teeth rot, the more psychological acuity gives way to the usual obsessing over loss and nubile females."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Tasteful and intelligent to a fault, but critically lacking in truly absorbing excitement."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A generally absorbing Walter Mitty fantasy, Argentine style."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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