El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest)
El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 24, 2008
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The script doesn't offer anything especially new, but Burman infuses the film with innovative lensing and capable acting that should draw in viewers.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Empty Nest is light in tone and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and the humour is generally subtle and grown up.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

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.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

In Empty Nest, a couple is forced to question their identities and relationships now that parenting is not their most immediate concern.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Tasteful and intelligent to a fault, but critically lacking in truly absorbing excitement.

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