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Lost Embrace(El abrazo partido)

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Argentina, France, Italy

2004

1h39

Daniel Burman

Director

Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizemberg, Jorge D'Elía, Sergio Boris

Stars

Drama

Genre

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Ariel has never understood why his father left him when he was a baby to fight in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. When his father returns to Buenos Aires, Ariel confronts him and discovers the reason behind his father’s decision, embarking on a complex journey in search of his personal and cultural identity.

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75

New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Director Daniel Burman examines the ways people cope with the passing of time, whether it's weary mall employees, a broken family or the diminishing Argentinean-Jewish community.
50

Chicago Reader by Hank Sartin

Argentinean writer-director Daniel Burman uses a shaky handheld camera and voice-over narration to take us inside Ariel's head, which gets a bit exhausting, even in the more emotionally satisfying second half.
50

Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Despite an absurdly melodramatic premise, Lost Embrace is an essentially plotless series of riffs and jokes. It's 20 minutes too long--forgivable in view of Burman's affection for his material.
70

Variety by Jonathan Holland

A general lack of drama, a low-budget documentary feel and an ultraslim storyline are more than compensated for by a sterling script and performances.
60

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

If you have the stomach - or the Dramamine - it's a touching, humorous take on Jewish life in contemporary Argentina.
63

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

The tedious film might have been worth watching if Burman had given reasons to care about Ariel or anyone else. He doesn't and we don't.

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