Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)
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Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"As visually captivating as it is emotionally engaging."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Does what it sets out to do--celebrate the good nature of those people who, despite life's difficulties, remain true to their loved ones, their friends, and themselves."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"This is an amusing movie with a warm fuzzy ending that makes you feel like you just been hugged."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"A quirky comedy from Argentina along the lines of TV's Arrested Development."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film's sophistication -- and it is an immensely sophisticated film -- lies in its refusal to tuck in too tightly its shirttails."
‑ David Gilmour, Globe and Mail
"Burman succeeds in involving us with the kind of characters who don't normally find their way to the big screen."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The film's moments of whimsy and its wry comic insights into one man's Prufrockian drifting and yearning through life add up to a charming oddity."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A small film whose structural weaknesses are largely redeemed by its big heart."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"May be the least exciting movie ever set in a lingerie shop."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Plays out in a low-key but charming fashion."
‑ Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"Affectionate, funny and ultimately moving, Burman's fourth feature embraces humanity in the Argentinean marketplace."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"film that gives ultimate impression of missed opportunity"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Hendler's center-stage performance can be considered refreshingly natural or annoyingly brooding, depending on your tolerance for cynical self-analysis played for comedy."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An interminable slog through congested headspace."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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