A young family temporarily relocates for the father’s professorship, and an estranged cousin is recruited to house-sit. Martin, the cousin, is a peculiar, brooding, scruffy man. Eager to go, the family dismisses any doubts they have and leave the house in Martin’s care. Left to his own devices, Martin listlessly chain-smokes and goes through Bruno’s personal things. When Martin wanders out, he encounters an attractive single mother. He brings her to the house where he poses as a divorcee who doesn’t get to see his daughter. They get hot and heavy, and soon Martin starts to play father figure to her son, turning their casual fling into domestic bliss, all while seemingly oblivious to the family’s imminent return.

Family Life intrepidly weaves together the perspectives of a couple nobly navigating their family doldrums, and Martin, a drifter seizing a short-term lease on family life. Chile’s most original filmmakers, director Alicia Scherson and co-director Christián Jiménez, team up to knock out an unconventional and profound study of living vicariously in this aloof, melancholy comedy.

Screens with How's your prostate ?
One friend tells the other about the very strange time when, beside a swimming pool, she learned about her father's prostate, his erectile function, and his nighttime fantasies.

YEAR 2017

SECTION World Drama


RUN TIME 80 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Visit Films

WEBSITE http://visitfilms.com

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Artist Bio

Alicia Scherson

Chile-born Alicia Scherson made her debut with Play (2005), which won the New Narrative Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other films include Turistas (New Directors Award, 2009 Seattle International Film Festival) and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival selection Il Futuro (KNF Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam). Scherson also founded the production company La Ventura.

Cristian Jimenez

Cristián Jiménez is a Chilean sociologist and filmmaker. His previous films include Ilusiones ópticas (2009), Bonsái (Un Certain Regard, 2011 Cannes Film Festival), and La voz en off (2014 San Sebastián International Film Festival). He has taught at the School of Cinema at the Universidad de Chile, Instituto Profesional Arcos, Universidad Tecnológica de Chile, and UNIACC Film School.