Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: El Hijo De La Novia
Argentina/Spain, 2001. Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, JEMPSA, Patagonik Film Group, Pol-Ka Producciones, Tornasol Films. Screenplay by Juan Jose Campanella, Fernando Castets. Cinematography by Daniel Shulman. Produced by Mariela Besuievsky, Fernando Blanco, Pablo Bossi, Gerardo Herrero, Jorge Estrada Mora. Music by Angel Illarramendi. Production Design by Mercedes Alfonsin. Costume Design by Cecilia Monti. Film Editing by Camilo Antolini.
Heartwarming tale of love and family set in Argentina, this wonderful film features a terrific cast and marvelous direction. A restaurateur (Ricardo Darín) is beset by family problems with his ex-wife and estranged daughter. On top of this, he is working day and night to make sure his family’s establishment doesn’t go under. His father (Héctor Alterio) shows up one day to announce that he has decided to have a remarriage ceremony with his wife (Norma Aleandro), who is now living in a nursing home and suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Our protagonist would love to be a part of this crackpot idea, but unfortunately his many responsibilities are taking up too much of his time. In giving in to his father’s request, however, he ends up being given the opportunity to ease the burdens on himself and maybe reconnect with the relationships of his past that he has nearly lost. Lots of comedy, lots of drama and above all lots of tearjerking moments, this film runs a bit too long but is memorable and enjoyable. Aleandro is especially wonderful, the Argentine cinema’s first lady giving another stellar performance that steals the show. She and Alterio previously played husband and wife in the greatest Argentinian film ever made, The Official Story.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film