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Son of the BrideThis light-fingered Argentinean drama, which was one of the recent Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, offers a quieter version of the midlife...Son of the BrideDramaPT124MRThis light-fingered Argentinean drama, which was one of the recent Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, offers a quieter version of the midlife...2002-03-27Eduardo BlancoNatalia VerbekeEduardo Blanco, Natalia VerbekeSony Pictures Classics
Natalia Verbeke, Son of the Bride

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Son of the Bride

Genre: Drama; Starring: Norma Alejandro, Hector Alterio, Ricardo Darin, Eduardo Blanco, Natalia Verbeke; Director: Juan Jose Campanella; Author: Juan Jose Campanella, Fernando Castets; Release Date Limited: 04/12/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 124; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

This light-fingered Argentinean drama, which was one of the recent Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, offers a quieter version of the midlife-crisis roller coaster. Rafael (Ricardo Darín), a devoted restaurateur, has a sexy, adoring girlfriend (Natalia Verbeke) as well as a beguiling daughter from a failed marriage. But he’s also an arrogant narcissist with no time for anyone. Naturally, fate intervenes. He suffers a minor heart attack, and one of his childhood friends shows up; the pal (Eduardo Blanco) has become a life-affirming bozo who looks and acts like a penny-ante Roberto Benigni. Finally, there’s Rafael’s mother (Norma Aleandro), who is drifting into the fog of Alzheimer’s. To buoy the situation, his father decides to ”marry” her again. Son of the Bride has an appealing modesty, but director Juan José Campanella works so hard to keep everything soft and winsome and charming that he cushions the understatement into blandness.