Family United (SIFF 2014)

This family-centered comedy drama unfolds over the course of a single day in which the youngest of 5 brothers is set to wed his pregnant childhood sweetheart. Of course, nothing can run smoothly as there are unexpected guests, love triangles, health emergencies, and significant competition for the guests attention in the form of the Spanish team competing in the World Cup finals. Beautifully shot with equally grand images of the Spanish countryside and intimate portraits of personal struggle, this was an exceptionally funny and fulfilling movie. Highly recommended.

Provided Film Synopsis
Soft pastels hues seem to paint this film by director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo with shades of nostalgia from its very inception. Beginning with lively clips from Stanley Donen’s classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the movie unfolds amidst the chaos of the 2010 World Cup final, which just happens to coincide with a family wedding that’s filled with surprises. Drama builds from the beginning as the family gathers for the nuptials of the idealistic youngest brother, each member concealing secrets - from long-ago love affairs to misplaced engagement rings, shady intentions, and regrets. Realistically complex, these characters navigate the day with humor - spilling drinks, dancing down the aisle and gathering together to watch the game and support each other. With their father's health waning and emotions running high, this one summer day seems to hold the key to untangling the complicated web existing between family members and friends. Featuring impeccable camera work and scenic shots of small village life in Spain, Family United’s emotional ups and downs are perfectly punctuated by the serene ballads of Josh Rouse, while its light touch makes it an ideal film for audiences of all ages.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
  • Cast Members:

    • Antonio de la Torre
    • Miquel Fernández
    • Quim Gutiérrez
    • Roberto Álamo
    • Verónica Echegui
  • Countries:

    • Spain
  • Languages:

    • Spanish
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Coming of Age
    • Romance
    • Romantic Comedy