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El olivo (2016)

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A girl, her uncle and a friend start an emotional travel to recover a family tree.

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Alma
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Alcachofa
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Rafa
Manuel Cucala ...
Ramón
Miguel Angel Aladren ...
Luis (as Miguel Ángel Aladren)
Carme Pla ...
Vanessa
Ana Isabel Mena ...
Sole
María Romero ...
Wiki
Paula Usero ...
Adelle
Janina Agnes Schröder ...
Sophie
Cris Blanco ...
Estrella
Paco Manzanedo ...
Nelson
Inés Ruiz ...
Alma 8 años
Aina Requena ...
Madre de Alma
Pia Stutzenstein ...
Kristin
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Alma is a young girl with emotional problems and a special relationship with her grandfather Ramón, an old country man who stopped talking about 12 years ago after his son, Alma's father, sold a 2000-years-old olive tree in order to open a restaurant. Dominated by the sadness and the melancholia by the loss of his most beloved tree, Ramon spends his days visiting the place where the olive tree was planted, hoping the day the tree returns. Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma looking for the olive tree, discovering that it was acquired by a Germany's energy company located in Dusseldorf. Without money or resources, Alma convinces her uncle Alcachofa and her friend Rafa (who has a love interest for her) to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover the tree, starting a travel with unexpected consequences for everyone... Written by Chockys

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6 May 2016 (Spain)  »

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A Oliveira do Meu Avô  »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)
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Birth name of the Javier Gutiérrez's character never is revealed. He is always referred by his nickname, Alcachofa (Spanish for "artichoke"). See more »

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Simple but well accessorized
7 June 2016 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The film opens with a telephone prank, reminding me as an American that it's to the Spanish we largely owe the art of pulling someone's leg and of amusing exaggeration. But the prank introduces an important theme, also Spanish, of who's getting the upper hand at whose expense. And the additional theme of how hard it is to retain a traditional sense of honor under 21st-century economic pressures. The plot is of the very simplest-- save the ancient olive tree!-- but the characters have side concerns of their own which, while not indispensable to plot, serve to humanize the movie and inspire empathy. The man beside me in the theater remarked two or three times, "Excellent acting." Nice music, too, and flashes of humor. My wife, who knows a little Spanish, let me know how colorless the English subtitles (here in Israel, anyway) were in comparison.


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