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Las Acacias (2011)

Las acacias (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 October 2011 (Spain)
Reluctantly, a dour long-distance truck driver agrees to give a lift to a Paraguayan single mother and her five-month-old daughter to Buenos Aires. Can the palpable silence soften up the taciturn trucker's sullen heart?

Director:

Pablo Giorgelli
19 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Germán de Silva ... Rubén
Hebe Duarte Hebe Duarte ... Jacinta
Nayra Calle Mamani Nayra Calle Mamani ... Anahí
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Coca Monica Coca ... Shop assistant
Lili Lopez Lili Lopez
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Storyline

Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina for years, carrying wood. However, today's journey is different because of Jacinta, who accompanies him as his passenger all the way to Buenos Aires. What's more, Rubén finds out at the very moment that her little Anahí, who's 8 months old, travels with them. As kilometres go by, the relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. They will slowly sip into each other's soul. None of them talks much about their lives. None asks much either. It's a few word journey but it is not a silent one. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A man, a woman, a baby, 1500km.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish | Guarani

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Las Acacias See more »

Filming Locations:

Paraguay See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 September 2012

Gross USA:

$6,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,979
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in five weeks between Paraguay and Buenos Aires. See more »

Quotes

Rubén: [to Jacinta] I've been driving for 30 years. I've never fallen asleep. So, don't worry...
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Connections

Featured in The Smallest Red Carpet, But the Biggest Heart (2011) See more »

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Las Acacias - A Journey to Remember
31 March 2013 | by rstout3526See all my reviews

A visual narrative on ordinary folk with a simple but instantly recognisable theme - loneliness. Argentina of late has produced some magical road films featuring the lives of everyday characters - and they are all a joy to watch. It matters not that the dialogue, what little there is of it, is in Spanish. It could be a silent film or dubbed in Arabic. The film speaks for itself. It is so well crafted. A roughneck lorry driver who has travelled the highways of Argentina for 30 years and used to his own space, is ordered by his boss to take one of his journeys south to Buenos Aries with a passenger - a young mother and child. Gradually, as the journey progresses and he becomes more and more frustrated with the noise and demands of the child, but a bond slowly comes through. This is a very touching film and very well made. The open road is shown not as dramatic backdrop in panorama - but as a close-up with each of the characters in the shot. There are a number of comments made by reviewers here that liken the film to watching paint dry etc. I think these people went to the cinema expecting another Die Hard, Steven Seagal, Van Damme, Terminator shoot em up Hollywood rubbish. Suggest that in future they read the poster before venturing further.

Cinema isn't just there to entertain (or make money) it is also to educate and generate thought. Well recommended piece of social realism.


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