Family Law (Derecho de Familia)
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Family Law (Derecho de Familia)
Director Daniel Burman's "Fatherhood Trilogy" draws to a close with this follow-up to Lost Embrace detailing the efforts of a devoted lawyer and teacher to live up to the lofty standards set by his hard working father. Ariel Perelman, Jr. (Daniel Hendler) is a teacher whose widowed father Ariel Perelman, Sr. (Arturo Goetz) maintains a strict daily regimen even in his old age. When Perelman, Jr. marries one of his students following a brief courtship and the couple fast begins forming a family, his wife's departure for a Pilates retreat leaves Perleman, Jr. faced with the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Full of subtle dark humor that won't make you bend with laughter but certainly may cause you to giggle."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"This observant little movie does delicately touch on those unspoken assumptions that animate so many filial relationships. And the wry, soft-spoken tone is a welcome one amid the dysfunctional burlesques Hollywood routinely extrudes."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Family Law has a sweet sense of how families try to interact and connect... There's nothing big about this film but it's filled with small joys and insights."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Burman based this comedy-drama on his experiences as a new father, and the results are warmly observational but slightly navel-gazing."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Family Law [is] one of the best examinations of [fathers and sons] ever committed to celluloid."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
"A subtly perceptive charmer that was Argentina's entry for a best foreign film Oscar and might have been nominated in a less competitive year."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"With its slack plotting, the film itself feels as aimless as its main character."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's a nice film, offering a few smiles and very likable performances. It could stand to have its themes fleshed out a little more, though."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Drastically overplotted and overwritten and could have used some editing to make it a tighter, more modest character piece."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The lessons of this slight human comedy are not groundbreaking, but they do strike a warmly universal chord."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Family Law offers a sweet, understated perspective on the psychological dance of wariness, hope and acceptance that occurs between many a father and son."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"...a charming and low-key effort from Argentina which was their contender for the foreign language Oscar, though it didn't get nominated."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"Every movie is made up of certain nuts and bolts, and in Family Law they seem, quite frankly, a little loose."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
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