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Las acacias (2011)

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?

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Pablo Giorgelli
19 wins & 21 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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A man, a woman, a baby, 1500km.

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Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Featured in The Smallest Red Carpet, But the Biggest Heart (2011) See more »

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A Movie Where Less is Definitely More
7 December 2011 | by flickernaticSee all my reviews

A truck driver hauling lumber from the forests of Paraguay to the markets in Buenos Aires is required by his boss to take a woman and her child with him. He is none too pleased, but as they travel on the mysterious 'something' happens. Not much of a story-line on the face of it, but as we journey with them we see the gradual, almost imperceptible, emergence of bonds of affection that could be turning to love.

The tale is told with very little dialogue, few settings (for most of the time we are in the truck cab) and no music. But the effect is enthralling. The acting is uniformly strong; you never doubt that you are watching 'real' people.

Of particular note is that of the three leading actors, the one who puts in the most remarkable of the excellent performances is the infant (played by Nayra Calle Namani, who could not be more than a year old). I would love to know how the director and the adult actors managed to coax this child into behaving as it does. It's magic!

This movie has a simplicity and honesty that is very moving. The faces say so much without words, so unlike the theatrical, fake emotions displayed in the previous movie I saw, The Deep Blue Sea. The images stayed with me well after I had left the theatre.

(Viewed at Screen 3, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK 04.12.11)


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