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Daniel Burman's low-key dramedy set in Buenos Aires plows universal turf: the distance between father and son. Here, the gap is particularly noticeable because both father and son are lawyers. The elder Perleman (Arturo Goetz) is a canny old fox, who knows the value of social networks, and is everyone's friend -- except, perhaps, his son's. The younger man (Daniel Hendler) is uptight, self-absorbed, and teaches criminal justice rather than working at his old man's office. His own small son and his father's advancing age prompt the younger Perleman to reconsider his life. There's not much plot or heady introspection; mostly, Family Law is a series of vignettes designed to illustrate a standard contemporary theme: the thirtysomething man who finally grows up. The slim plot is carried on the able shoulders of veteran actor Goetz and relative newcomer Hendler, who will be familiar to viewers of the Argentine serial drama Epitafios, which ran recently on HBO. In Spanish, with subtitles. (AH)

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