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Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been covering for years the motorway from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires, carrying wood. However, today's journey will be different. This morning, in a motorway stop near Asunción, Jacinta shows up an hour later to begin a journey by track which is going to take her to Buenos Aires. Wath's more, Rubén finds out at that very moment that little Anahí, who's 8 months old, will travel with them- It is not the best beginning. As kilometres go by, th relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. they will slowly meet and 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
This gentle and slow paced debut feature from Pablo Giorgelli focuses on a truck driver who reluctantly gives a lift to a woman and her young baby. The plot really is as simple as that with few plot deviations and surprises along the way. Yet this is not a story driven tale but one powered by its characters. The film is nearly wordless (and what dialogue there is is often unimportant) with emotions and motives conveyed in the character’s actions. With the film confined largely to the truck (even when characters leave the cabin the camera often remains firmly stuck inside) there is a sense of great intimacy between the pair despite only sharing a brief moment together.
A gentle road movie about two people bonding.
Man and truck meet mom
and child. It could use a
Stephen King rewrite.
A woman and her baby hitch a ride with a lonely truck driver through a mutual acquaintance and head out from Paraguay to Argentina, along the way forging an unexpected and often unspoken connection. A film filled with silences that says so much while hardly saying anything. A strangely touching and unique road trip movie that captures the rhythms of the road and awkward, tentative friendship. A disarming gem.
3 out of 4. (B)
What not to do when you take a stranger on a long journey or if you are being taken on a long journey by a stranger - be an antisocial, ignorant bastard.
Las Acacias is an intimate portrayal of a man’s evolution; though small and unconcerned about larger issues at hand, it’s very focused on a man’s growth as a human being. Shot almost entirely inside of a lumber-hauling truck, it feels even smaller and uncomfortably claustrophobic. Ruben (German de Silva), a lumberjack and truck driver, is soft-spoken, reserved and he mostly keeps to himself. Strangely, director Pablo Giorgelli averts the archetypes that often plague films of this ilk; where they’re saccharine, over-the-top and usually provide us with an ending that tells us virtually all we will ever need to know about the future of these two people. Giorgelli, instead, chooses a different route. Although this road is less dramatic, it is…
After recently watching 'The Son' and following a woodwork teacher around while he teachers woodwork in real time, I honestly thought it couldn't get any slower paced. Brace yourself for Las Acacias, where you can watch a South American lorry driver in something approaching slow motion as he drives across Argentina. There's the semblance of a story but for me it never quite gets started. It's possibly the least exhilarating film I've ever seen, but if you enjoy watching the inside of a lorry then this will go down a treat.
I feel like I've under sold this when actually it's quite enjoyable. I'm not sure why, but it is!
Cameo by Misael Saavedra?
Perhaps the most popular film at this year’s Festivalíssimo, it’s a surprisingly small movie, a road movie that never really gets out on the road. Remaining almost entirely inside Rubén’s truck cab as he drives from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires with Jacinta and her small baby along for the ride, it nonetheless captures both the fatigue of long road trips and the growing attraction between two strangers through its claustrophobic camerawork. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have an incredibly cute baby mediating the relationship, and indeed she may be the star of the picture. But the film is still an effective romance in its own right, even if its scale doesn’t extend much beyond that.
Slowly building the relationship of the two main characters very subtly was a good idea unfortunately it makes most of the film play out without making the audience very interested.
A gentle road movie about two people bonding.
Road movie lento, silencioso e delicado. Mostra o incômodo da convivência forçada e o quanto a solidão, depois de um tempo, cria uma redoma de incomunicabilidade difícil de ser superada.
Um fragmento da vida, sem idealização ou clichês melodramáticos, o que, somado ao silêncio predominante e ao ritmo do filme, deve afastar espectadores acostumados à verborragia e à velocidade frenética da maior parte do cinema nos dias de hoje.
E a Anahí é uma graça, lindinha demais.
Glacially slow, but starring the cutest baby of all time.
Amazing little film. A nice slice of life of a truck driver in Paraguay and the woman he gives a ride to. Quiet and touching.
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
- Beneath the Darkness
- Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
- The Devil Inside
- The Hunter
- John Mellencamp: It's About You
- The Strange Case of Angelica
- You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
- Dormant Beauty
- Neighboring Sounds
- Stranger by the Lake
Filmes lançados no Brasil em 2013 (nos cinemas, diretamente em DVD ou TV), em ordem de preferência.