(Daniel Hendler, Damian Dreizik, Julieta Diaz, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / IFC Films - Genius Products)
Overview: Like his father before him, Perelman Jr. is an attorney. But rather than live in his father’s shadow, Perelman Jr. chooses to work as a teacher in a law school. His life is good, but somewhat dull. Things change for the better after his own son is born. When his office is unexpectedly closed for several weeks, he doesn’t tell anyone and instead visits to his son at school and his father at work. As his father begins to reach out to him, he’s forced to question his roles as father, son and husband, and to contemplate what lies ahead.
DVD Verdict: 'Family Law' (otherwise known in its homeland as "Derecho de Familia") tells the tale of The Perelmans who are professional Argentinian Jews. They balance various careers, personal commitments and lifestyle choices, albeit some more successfully than others. Directed by Daniel Burman, 'Family Law' is a very charming Argentinian film that features third party interventions like their going out of fashion: Such as when Ariel scoffs at the request of his child's kindergarten teacher that he participate in a play, she offers to have someone help him with his "communication problem"; or when a heated discussion with his wife is interrupted by a house painter, he himself then offers some of his own unwanted input.
When Ariel comes home one day to find his wife, Sandra (Julieta Diaz) with her bags packed and taking off for an unplanned vacation - without him - now alone with his son, Ariel makes some pathetic stabs at recapturing his youth. He goes to a video arcade and begins palling around with a friend who advises Playstation for keeping his son busy.
Extensively, 'Family Law' is about the relationship between a father and his son, and how the son learns to be a father himself, trying to avoid making the same mistakes his father made with him. It is also a film about accepting change, growing up, love, and Argentina. I know, those are many subjects, but Hendler somehow manages to delve upon them all in an engaging way. Like in the one quick romantic scene between Ariel and Sandra; one that requires much amount of negotiation to make sure their son doesn't come bouncing into their room at just the wrong moment! The results here are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, but always interesting. Therein, 'Family Law' is worth your money, whether you are renting or buying. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making of 'Family Law'