By Alicia SCHERSON, Cristián JIMÉNEZ


Drama - Completed 2017

While housesitting for a distant cousin, a lonely man fabricates the existence of a vindictive ex-wife witholding his daughter in order to gain the sympathy of the single mother he has just met.

& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2017
World Dramatic
Karlovy Vary IFF 2017
Ventana Sur 2017
Latam Screenings
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 81 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alicia SCHERSON, Cristián JIMÉNEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Alejandro ZAMBRA
    • Producer(s)
    • Carlos OLIVARES, Fernando BASCUÑÁN
    • Synopsis
    • 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.