Son of the Bride

Son of the Bride

Infobox Film
name = Son of the Bride

caption = Theatrical poster
director = Juan José Campanella
producer = Adrián Suar
writer = Juan José Campanella
Fernando Castets
starring = Ricardo Darín
Héctor Alterio
Norma Aleandro
Eduardo Blanco
Natalia Verbeke
music = Ángel Illaramendi
editing = Camilo Antolini
cinematography = Daniel Shulman
distributor = Patagonik Film Group
released = August 16 2001
runtime = 123 minutes
country = Argentina
language = Spanish
budget =
website =
amg_id = 1:254713
imdb_id = 00292542|

"Son of the Bride" (Spanish: "El hijo de la novia") (2001) is an Argentine comedy drama film, directed by Juan José Campanella and written by Campanella and Fernando Castets. The executive producers were Juan Vera and Juan Pablo Galli, and it was produced by Adrián Suar. The comedy-drama features features Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco, Natalia Verbeke, among others. [ [ "El hijo de la novia"] at the Internet Movie Database.] The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


The film tells of Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darín), a 42-year-old divorced restaurateur, with a young daughter named Vicky (Gimena Nóbile) he has joint custody of. Rafael lives a very hectic lifestyle.

His mother Norma (Norma Aleandro) suffers from Alzheimer disease and he has not seen her in a year. He sees his father Nino (Héctor Alterio) frequently but sees his friends rarely. He's fielding offers to sell the restaurant he runs in Buenos Aires, but changes his mind because it was started by his mother and father and has been in the family for years. One day his childhood friend Juan Carlos Eduardo Blanco, who he has not seen for twenty years, drops by the restaurant and renews their old friendship.

One day, he suffers a heart attack and as he recovers in intensive care he's forced to reevaluate his life and to decide his priorities. He now wants to sell the restaurant and move to southern Mexico and raise horses. At the same time his father wants to remarry his wife because they were never married in the church. Rafael is opposed to the renewal of vows because her mother will not be much of a participant.

As part of his new life he tells his girlfriend Nati that he wants some space, some freedom. At first she is hurt but she tells Rafael that he's no bargain as well: he's no Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, or even Dick Watson. Rafael is puzzled about the identity of Dick Watson and we find out at the middle of the end credits who Watson is.

The film ends with the wedding and Rafael opening a new restaurant.


* Ricardo Darín as Rafael Belvedere
* Héctor Alterio as Nino Belvedere
* Norma Aleandro as Norma Belvedere
* Eduardo Blanco as Juan Carlos
* Natalia Verbeke as Nati
* Gimena Nóbile as Vicky
* David Masajnik as Nacho
* Claudia Fontán as Sandra
* Atilio Pozzobon as Francesco
* Salo Pasik as Daniel
* Humberto Serrano as Padre Mario
* Fabián Arenillas as Sciacalli
* Mónica Cabrera as Carmen
* Giorgio Bellora as Marchiolli
* Mónica Virgilito as Enfermera hospital
* Adrián Suar as Dodi
* Juan José Campanella as Médico
* Alfredo Alcón as Himself

Critical reception

"Variety" magazine film critic Eddie Cockrell lauded the film in his review and wrote, "A 42-year-old Buenos Aires workaholic discovers family means more than his restaurant business in superb contempo comedy "The Son of the Bride." Unflaggingly genial and universally funny pic is already generating favorable word of mouth on twin strengths of Montreal competish jury's Special Grand Prix and kudos as best Latin American film of the fest. Wedding bells will ring in cinema cathedrals worldwide, with whirlwind honeymoons and long and happy lives on the tube and in homevid." [ [ Eddie Cockrell Eddie Cockrell] . "Variety," film review, September 9, 2001. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.]

Critic Jeff Stark liked the comedy and wrote, "Argentinean director Juan José Campanella's "Son of the Bride" is about a lot of things, but at its core it's about a man's midlife crisis. A witty script, a fleet camera and a pitch-perfect cast keep the movie from being dragged under by the selfishness of its central character...By the end, this crisply agreeable picture has made several points. One, I suppose, is that there are different levels of reconciliation, in troubled families and beleaguered businesses as well as in nations beset by permanent crisis. A more important one, perhaps, is that there's a difference between dropping out and running away." [ [ Stark, Jeff] . "Salon," film review, "This crisp, witty best foreign film nominee captures a beleaguered restaurateur's midlife crisis (and Argentina's)," 2002. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.]

"New York Times" film critic Stephen Holden gave the comedy drama a mixed review, writing, "Although there is much to like in this psychologically canny film and in Mr. Darin's warm-hearted central performance, the movie is also rambling and digressive. It is so determined to delve into every cranny of Rafael's world, from his minor business woes to his rekindled friendship with the zany childhood friend with whom he used to play games of Zorro, that it has the feel of an unedited personal journal." [ [ Holden, Stephen] . "The New York Times," film review, "One Man's Rocky, Rambling Journey Through Midlife," March 22, 2002. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 84% of film critics gave the film a "Fresh" rating, based on 55 reviews. [ [ "The Son of the Bride"] at Rotten Tomatoes. Last accessed: January 21, 2008.]


The film opened wide in Argentina on August 16, 2001. Later it was presented at the Montréal Film Festival on August 29, 2001.

The picture was screened at various film festivals, including: the Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain; the Havana Film Festival, Cuba; the "Muestra de Cine Mexicano en Guadalajara", Mexico; the Latin America Film Festival, Poland; the Copenhagen International Film Festival, Denmark; and others.

It opened in the United States on a limited basis on March 22, 2002.


* Havana Film Festival: Audience Award; OCIC Award; both for Juan José Campanella; 2001.
* Montréal World Film Festival: Best Latin-American Feature Film; Special Grand Prize of the Jury; both for Juan José Campanella; 2001.
* Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain: Silver Spike, Juan José Campanella; 2001.
* Viña del Mar Film Festival, Viña del Mar, Chile: Paoa, Best Supporting Actress, Norma Aleandro; 2001.
* Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Actor, Ricardo Darín; Best Director, Juan José Campanella; Best Editing, Camilo Antolini; Best Film; Best New Actress, Claudia Fontán; Best Original Screenplay, Juan José Campanella and Fernando Castets; Best Supporting Actor, Eduardo Blanco; Best Supporting Actress, Norma Aleandro; 2002.
* Cartagena Film Festival: OCIC Award, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* Gramado Film Festival: Audience Award Latin Film Competition, Juan José Campanella; Golden Kikito Latin Film Competition - Best Actress, Norma Aleandro; Kikito Critics Prize Latin Film Competition, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* Lima Latin American Film Festival: Elcine First Prize, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: CEC Award, Best Supporting Actor, Héctor Alterio; 2002.
* Ondas Awards, Barcelona, Spain: Film Award, Best Actress, Natalia Verbeke, (also for "El Otro lado de la cama"); 2002.
* Oslo Films from the South Festival: Audience Award, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* Sant Jordi Awards, Barcelona, Spain: Sant Jordi, Best Foreign Actor, Ricardo Darín (also for "La Fuga" and "Nueve reinas"; Best Foreign Film, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* São Paulo International Film Festival, São Paulo, Brazil: Audience Award, Best Feature - Foreign Language, Juan José Campanella; 2002.

* Montréal World Film Festival: Grand Prix des Amériques, Juan José Campanella; 2001.
* Valladolid International Film Festival: Golden Spike, Juan José Campanella; 2001.
* Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Foreign Language Film, Argentina; 2002.
* Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Art Direction, Mercedes Alfonsín; Best Cinematography, Daniel Shulman; Best Music, Ángel Illarramendi; Best Supporting Actor, Héctor Alterio; 2002.
* Cartagena Film Festival: Golden India Catalina, Best Film, Juan José Campanella; 2002.
* Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: CEC Award, Best Actor, Ricardo Darín; Best Supporting Actress, Norma Aleandro; 2002.
* Gramado Film Festival: Golden Kikito, Latin Film Competition - Best Film, Juan José Campanella; 2002.


External links

* [ "El hijo de la novia"] at the sp icon
* [ "El hijo de la novia"] review at "Cineismo" by Guillermo Ravaschino sp icon
* [ "El hijo de la novia"] review at "Cinestros" by Juan Antonio Bermúdez sp icon

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