6.9/10
2,534
8 user 46 critic

El olivo (2016)

Trailer
2:15 | Trailer
A girl, her uncle and a friend start an emotional travel to recover a family tree.

Director:

Icíar Bollaín (as Iciar Bollain)

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
Reviews
3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Héctor (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Adolescent Hector faces a major lifestyle change after moving into his aunt's flat in a blue-collar suburb of Madrid.

Director: Gracia Querejeta
Stars: Adriana Ozores, Nilo Zimmerman, Joaquín Climent
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A CEO looking for the truth. An investigation too dangerous to be concluded.

Director: David Cánovas
Stars: Maribel Verdú, Carmelo Gómez, Fernando Cayo
Canguros (1994–1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Stars: Ana Risueño, Maribel Verdú, Luis Merlo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A number of different sketches with no correlation.

Director: Juan Cavestany
Stars: Raquel Guerrero, Jorge Cabrera, David Luque
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

El Muerto is the story of a Spanish man in Argentina who one day becomes aware on the upper floor of a hospital in Buenos Aires of his approaching death. He decides to escape, to flee ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Rebollo
Stars: José Sacristán, Roxana Blanco, Valeria Alonso
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tricked by a former college rival (Guillermo Toledo), two juvenile brothers (Santiago Segura, Javier Gutiérrez) travel to a concert that's not taking place.

Director: Juan Cavestany
Stars: Alberto San Juan, Javier Gutiérrez, Francesc Garrido
El palo (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Lola's a single mom, broke, working as a janitor and maid. Silvia is pregnant, and her lover (her boss) won't leave his wife. Maite, newly a widow, discovers she's penniless but wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Eva Lesmes
Stars: Adriana Ozores, Malena Alterio, Maribel Verdú
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today's Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they'd like to. They have no great ... See full summary »

Director: Jaime Rosales
Stars: Ingrid García Jonsson, Karlos Sastre, Inma Nieto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Margo is struggling to deal with her son, Jon a rebellious and free-spirited teenager who runs with a bad crowd. After Jon is expelled from school, Margo sends him to live with his ... See full summary »

Director: Gracia Querejeta
Stars: Tito Valverde, Maribel Verdú, Arón Piper
La soledad I (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Through Adela and Antonia's lives, we have a glimpse of those brief moments of joy and sorrow common to anyone who lives in a big city.

Director: Jaime Rosales
Stars: Sonia Almarcha, Petra Martínez, Miriam Correa
La llamada (2017)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

María and Susana, two rebellious teens spend their summer in a catholic camp. With music as their common denominator, teen rebellion and ecclesiastic order will collide, creating a hymn to freedom and first love.

Directors: Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo
Stars: Macarena García, Anna Castillo, Belén Cuesta
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In the celebration of the day of the political prisonner the victims of the Franco repression meet in the jail of Valencia. Among them are parvenues, mafiosi, bankers, and a communist ... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga
Stars: José Sazatornil, José Sacristán, Agustín González
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Castillo ... Alma
Javier Gutiérrez ... Alcachofa
Pep Ambròs ... Rafa
Manuel Cucala Manuel Cucala ... Ramón
Miguel Angel Aladren Miguel Angel Aladren ... Luis (as Miguel Ángel Aladren)
Carme Pla Carme Pla ... Vanessa
Ana Isabel Mena Ana Isabel Mena ... Sole
María Romero María Romero ... Wiki
Paula Usero Paula Usero ... Adelle
Janina Agnes Schröder Janina Agnes Schröder ... Sophie
Cris Blanco Cris Blanco ... Estrella
Paco Manzanedo Paco Manzanedo ... Nelson
Inés Ruiz Inés Ruiz ... Alma 8 años
Aina Requena Aina Requena ... Madre de Alma
Pia Stutzenstein Pia Stutzenstein ... Kristin
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain | Germany

Language:

Spanish | German | English | French

Release Date:

6 May 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Oliveira do Meu Avô See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€375,432 (Spain), 6 May 2016, Limited Release
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Beautiful Tale of Life, Love and a really old tree
22 July 2017 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Alma is a teenager who benefited from the pure love that a grandparent can give to a favoured grandchild. As such she loves her grandfather, but her own father and uncle are not so sweetly disposed to their old man. He, meanwhile, has started to slip from the World. His decline goes back to when his sons sold his beloved olive tree that was two thousand years old to fund a restaurant business before the banking crisis.

We get to a point where Alma realises he will die if he is not reunited with the tree and so sets out on a mission to find it and bring it home. Only problem is she hasn't got a clue or any money and no way of achieving her aims but she decides not to let the glaringly obvious stop her.

Now this is a lovingly written story by the brilliant Paul Laverty ('I Daniel Blake' etc) and is acted by players who all inhabit their perspective roles with a simple believability. It can be funny and it can be painful but at its heart it is just a very touching and human story and shows how a thing can be as important to a person and another person – we can not help what we love in life. It is in Spanish with a bit of German and some English – well translated in the sub titles. If you like Ken Loach film you will want to see this - completely recommended.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed