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Son of the Bride (15) - Special Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

SYNOPSIS: Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darín) is not happy with the life he leads. He can't communicate with life and with those close to him as, he never has the time. He's always switching on the television and comforts himself by watching old episodes of his favorite show: El Zorro.

At 42, he doesn't look at all like his fiction hero, Diego de la Vega. Those childhood years when he put on the black cape, the mask, and pretended to be him are long gone. The reality is much more complicated.

He feels that he can't reach anybody's expectations. He has no ideals, has a divorce behind him and only lives for the restaurant his father founded (Héctor Alterio).

He hasn't even taken time to watch his daughter, Vicky (Gimena Nóbile) grow up. He has no friends and prefers to avoid any commitment with his girlfriend (Natalia Verbeke). Furthermore, he hasn't seen his mother in a year (Norma Aleandro), which suffers from Alzheimer's and lives in a rest home.

Rafael just wants to be left alone. He can't cope with everything and it seems his efforts aren't enough for anyone. But a series of unexpected events make Rafael take a look at his situation.

He'll take into account the possibility of selling the family restaurant, he'll meet again with an old childhood friend, Juan Carlos (Eduardo Blanco) who, despite having a personal tragedy on his shoulders, will help him in a very particular way to reconstruct his past and recover his present.

And along the way, he'll support his father to fulfill his mother's dream: get married in a church.



It had been a while that Juan José Campanella and Fernando Castets - co-writers of El mismo amor la misma lluvia (The Same Love, the Same Rain) (1999), and Culpables (Guilty) - were obsessed with a character that was unhappy with his life, that had been through several failures, had pending dreams, and whose desire was to get away from everything. Based on this obsession they created Rafael.

Although they had a character, they were missing a story. "One day", said Campanella, "my father told me he wanted to marry my mother in a church, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

Those contradicting objectives, the simplicity of the goals, so outstanding and strong were the origin of the screenplay. Starting from there, we started creating all the characters and situations."

The keys to define each character's profile required affinity regarding sense of humor and tone of performance.

This is how Ricardo Darín, Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, and Eduardo Blanco were selected. The rest of the roles were selected through exhaustive casting.


For one day, the Moran Club in the Agronomia neighbourhood was turned into a set on location to film a movie in which Juan Carlos (Eduardo Blanco) works as an extra.

In the scene, Rafael (Ricardo Darín) visits his childhood friend on the set. During filming, while Dodi (Adrian Suar), the director of the movie tries to calm down a nervous Alfredo Alcon who forgets his lines, Juan Carlos decides to confess a secret to Rafael, which upsets him.

The idea for this scene came up during the shooting of "El Mismo Amor, La Misma Lluvia" (The Same Love, the Same Rain) when Ricardo Darín and Eduardo Blanco started to improvise two extras trying to hog the camera. This situation caused everyone to laugh. From this experience, Juan José Campanella and Fernando Castets decided to create Juan Carlos, and tell this story in fiction in "El Hijo de la Novia" (Son of the Bride).

Campanella tells us however, that this scene made no sense if it didn't include one of the most important actors in the country. "Alfredo Alcon was already in the script. He was modest enough to accept a part that basically plays with the imaginary behavior one thinks a star has. Adrian, for the same reason, had to be the director. They're very important figures that contrast with the background situation that Darin's and Blanco's characters go through in fiction".

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