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Lost Embrace

  • Film

Time Out says

Set in a Buenos Aires galería (shopping mall), this superb, minor-chord comedy places lingerie clerk Ariel (the sweet and doleful Daniel Hendler from ‘Whisky’) at the rueful centre of a group of garrulous, mainly Jewish, fellow shopkeepers, family and mild idiosyncrats as he receives a series of revelations about the father he never knew. Shot like ‘The Office’ on a mobile, hand-held camera which zooms in and out to catch background events and character reactions, Burman’s affectionate, talkative film trades on acceptable levels of sentimentality and boasts a series of winning performances, notably Hendler’s and Adriana Aizemberg’s as his evasive mother. Reminiscent at times of Chantal Ackerman’s mall-set musical ‘Golden Eighties’ or Joan Micklin Silver’s bitter-sweet Jewish homage ‘Crossing Delancey’, ‘Lost Embrace’ sets a drolly comic tone all of its own. Small and light, but it’s rewardingly full of acute observations, from the gently satiric to the surprisingly poignant.
Written by Wally Hammond

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 28 April 2006
  • Duration:100 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Daniel Burman
  • Screenwriter:Marcelo Birmajer, Daniel Burman
  • Cast:
    • Daniel Hendler
    • Adriana Aizenberg
    • Jorge D'Elia
    • Sergio Boris
    • Diego Korol
    • Silvina Bosco
    • Atilio Pozzobon
    • Isaac Fajn
    • Salo Pasik
    • Melina Petriella
    • Norman Erlich
    • Rosita Londner
    • Juan José Flores Quispe
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