This is an unassumingly subtle film that, on the surface, is about little more than an extended family traversing the highways and byways of Argentina (or at least some of it) so that their 84-year old matriarch can be maid of honour at a wedding.
Well, no it isn`t. Instead we get an artfully constructed road movie that mostly manages to evade tweeness and cliche, by its superb performances, judicious camerawork and discreet direction, to give us a delightful film about families, old and new love, the necessity of accommodating black sheep into the family, if only for the sake of a quiet life, and sometimes grudging respect for one`s elders. It isn`t really a film to analyse too closely, as little "happens" while, as in the best movies - not to mention families - of this kind, plenty in fact happens.
I loved the droll quirkiness of some of the more oblique camera shots, such as the way we see, in the first part of a brief scene, only the characters` legs through the gap under the camper van. There are quite a few of these unexpected angles dotted throughout this beguiling film, which only makes what we are privy to the more fascinating.
The use of music is sparing and well-chosen, and the views of the Argentinian countryside never outstay their welcome - unlike some "road" films which are allowed to degenerate into travelogues.
I swear that at times I forgot I was watching actors, so naturally and organic do the scenes flow, though I daresay a certain amount of improvisation was used, either pre-production or during filming, or both.
Perhaps five stars would have been a mite generous for such a seemingly slight, anecdotal film, but I believe it to be such a refreshingly disarming experience that I`d hate to put off others from seeing such an enjoyable, witty film.