Autumnal break-up a rom-com made for grown-ups
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.
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Mercedes Moran and Ricardo Darin.