Starring one half of the grafting team of NINE QUEENS, EL HIJO DE LA NOVIA was nominated in 2002 for the Foreign Language Oscar for its affectionate story of a 40-something single dad and restaurateur who’s in the throes of a midlife crisis. Overshadowed by his dad (Alterio), guilty over his lack of attention to his Alzheimers-afflicted mum and non-committal to his much younger girlfriend (Verbeke), Rafa (Darin) is finally forced to stop and take stock when he suffers a heart attack. A warm-hearted script and strong performances added up to making this one of Spain’s biggest hits in 2002.
Son of the Bride
Directed by Juan José Campanella