Au­tum­nal break-up a rom-com made for grown-ups

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

DON’T let the ti­tle fool you; this au­tum­nal Ar­gen­tinian romance plays out pretty much as ex­pected.

How­ever, it’s rare to see the empty nesters’ predica­ment ob­served with such at­ten­tive­ness and vet­eran Latin Amer­i­can ac­tors Ricardo Darin (Tru­man) and Mercedes Mo­ran (The Mo­tor­cy­cle Diaries) play their parts ex­cep­tion­ally well.

An Un­ex­pected Love tells the story of a long-time mar­ried cou­ple who be­gin to ques­tion their rea­sons for stay­ing to­gether af­ter their son leaves for uni­ver­sity.

Marco and Ana get along very well, but they break up even bet­ter.

Al­though the cou­ple main­tain a deep affection for one an­other — as well as a healthy sex­ual re­la­tion­ship — they re­spect­fully and lov­ingly come the con­clu­sion that their mar­riage has run its course.

Re­ject­ing com­fort, com­pan­ion­ship and com­pla­cency, Marco and Ana strike out on their own. Sel­dom has sep­a­ra­tion been achieved with so lit­tle dishar­mony.

Mov­ing into a friend’s va­cant apart­ment, Marco ini­tially strug­gles to find his feet. Lib­er­ated from her role as a wife and mother, Ana blos­soms.

Af­ter an ex­per­i­ment with a flam­boy­ant per­fumier, she even­tu­ally set­tles into an easy­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with a man she meets through work.

This is a film about love, de­sire and do­mes­tic­ity — all of which rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges to a long-time mar­ried cou­ple. What marks An Un­ex­pected Love apart is its at­ten­tion to de­tail and the nat­u­ral screen chem­istry be­tween Darin and Mo­ran, whose char­ac­ters are smart, funny and-aware.

Film­mak­ers tend to concentrat­e at ex­treme ends of the mid-life cri­sis spec­trum — broad hu­mour or heartwrenc­h­ing drama. Di­rec­tor Juan Vera goes for light en­ter­tain­ment grounded by emo­tional in­tel­li­gence.

A rom-com for grown-ups.

OPENS THURS­DAY; AD­VANCE SCREEN­INGS THIS WEEK­END.

Mercedes Mo­ran and Ricardo Darin.

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