Son Of The Bride Review

Son Of The Bride
Buenos Aires restaurateur Rafael is feeling life’s myriad pressures, compounded by his father’s wish to renew his marriage vows to his Alzheimer’s-afflicted wife.

by William Thomas |
Published on
Release Date:

23 May 2003

Running Time:

123 minutes



Original Title:

Son Of The Bride

Although the plot hardly sounds like promising material for a comedy, what we have here is a charming celebration of life and love that still has room for acerbic asides on tradition, taste, junk culture, Catholicism and the family.

Ricardo Darín couldn't give a more diametrically opposed performance to his assured con in Nine Queens, while Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro (who last appeared together in the Oscar-winner The Official Version) are enchanting as the lifelong partners whose affection triumphs over the

most debilitating of conditions.

Indeed, Aleandro delivers an unexpected smile before the finale freeze-frame that's pure cinematic magic.

There's a mischievous yet judiciously restrained element of farce evident (mostly involving the failed actor played by Eduardo Blanco), not to mention a superbly-constructed running gag concerning Einstein, Bill Gates and one Dick Watson. So don't leave once the credits start rolling. The pay-off lurks within.

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