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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SIFF Sighting: FAMILY UNITED (Spain; Comedy)

When childhood sweethearts schedule their wedding during the 2010 World Cup Final, drama is bound to ensue.

The father of the groom falls ill; the friend-who-still-has-feelings-for-the-groom waits in the wings and a whole host of the groom's brothers descend on the "wedding ranch" to cause a healthy mix of havoc. Plus, everyone who is anyone just wants to watch the game.

Really, it's a lot of fun.

The film is shot in gorgeous pale hues and the cast is infinitely likeable. Despite silly traditional wedding-film plot devices (predictable affairs, lost rings, etc.), the story works; at times equally parts charming and tragic.

This is one nuptial event that viewers should look forward to attending.

FAMILY UNITED will be shown at the 40th Seattle International Film Festival May 30, June 2 and June 3. For tickets, go here.


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