Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizemberg, Jorge D'Elía, Sergio Boris, Rosita
EMBRACE -- Argentina's 2004 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language
Film -- won the Grand Jury Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Daniel
Hendler, who plays Ariel Menaker in this film, won the Best Actor Award
in Berlin for this winning performance.
EMBRACE is a bittersweet look at national, personal and religious identity,
set in a shabby Buenos Aires mall. An amusingly diverse group of
merchants, exiles, refugees and oddballs act as backdrop for the story
of Ariel, a man adrift in stunted adolescence, who works in his mother's
lingerie shop, and wants to get a Polish passport so he can go to Europe
to seek his immigrant roots and start a new life. More than that,
however, he wants the answer to why his father left the family when Ariel
was a baby and went to Israel to fight in the 1972 Yom Kippur War and never
returned. He learns that his repressed anger at being abandoned conceals
a great need to recapture his father's "lost embrace."
EMBRACE conjures up an ensemble of engaging characters who pursue their
humble dreams with gentle humor, irresistible passion and an infectious
generosity of spirit. The tenderness of the family drama at its center,
and the deep, hard-to-articulate feelings of a son for his enigmatic father
and his heroically patient mother, emerge with a charming haphazardness.
The sly artfulness is apparent only in retrospect. This is a small
movie about a small world, but its modesty is part of what makes it durable
Spanish with English Sub-Titles
Time: 99 MINUTES