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  • Actors: German de Silva, Hebe Duarte, Nayra Calle Mamani
  • Directors: Pablo Giorgelli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4OA90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


LAS ACACIAS tells the story of a long distance lorry driver (German de Silva) who agrees to drive a woman (Hebe Duarte) and her 5 month old child en route from Paraguay to Buenos Aires. A subtle and tender road movie exploring loneliness and the pain of loss, LAS ACACIAS grows into a searingly poignant tale about a passing encounter between two strangers and the unlikely bond that grows between them.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
This is a gentle, involving and finally moving film about a journey through Paraguay and then Argentina, ending in Buenos Aires. Jancita (Hebe Duarte) travels with the truck driver Ruben (German de Silva). She will visit her cousin and spend some time there. Fernando, Ruben's boss, has arranged the lift, but Ruben is reluctant, particularly as Jacinta, whom he does not know, brings her five-month-old baby. Almost all of the film is shot in the truck cabin, on the road or at stopping places en route. To begin with there is very little conversation but as time goes on the atmosphere thaws and Ruben begins to accept, and then to like Jacinta and her baby. It becomes clear that both have sadness in their lives - Ruben has a son, but no contact with him, and Jacinta's baby has 'no father' ; in addition, a phone call she makes on the journey brings her great distress, though we never find out why. Eventually they reach the cousin's house and the journey is over, and then something unexpected happens. The film ends with a shot of Ruben at the wheel of his truck. His expression is difficult to judge, and it leaves you wondering. The story is not over, but how it will continue and end is uncertain, with the possibility of both happiness and disappointment very real.

The film is made with great subtlety. The director, Pablo Giorgelli, who also wrote the screenplay, shows just enough of the two principals for us to become involved in their situations and to empathise with them. The actors, de Silva and Duarte, are marvellous, as indeed is Mayra Calle Mamani, the baby, who is both absolutely natural and absolutely charming. As the big Scania truck rumbles on, pulling its huge load of acacia logs, we become more and more interested in them and more and more eager that all will end well for them, and the fact that the film ends uncertainly is no weakness, merely a mirroring of how things often really are in life. It's an excellent and original film, and well worth seeing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Mason on 26 Sep 2012
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Small is beautiful - and you can't get much smaller that the canvas of this film. Hitching a ride in a huge truck from the border of Paraguay to Buenas Aires in Argentina isn't the kind of ingredient from which to make a great film - or so you might think. But you'd be wrong, because inside the cabin of this seedy truck transporting enormous logs to Buenas is the most taciturn of drivers you could imagine, who finds himself obliged to perform a favour to carry a young mother and baby all the way to her destination.
For the first 20 minutes or so not a word is spoken between the driver and his passenger (with baby), yet little by little we get to know the two characters as the journey progresses. It's all about feelings and the gradual development of communication between the protagonists, and is done with such subtlety and delicacy that you feel as though you are in the cabin with them. The circumstances of each begin to unfold in the most persuasive way imaginable, and although you would hardly think a poor single mother from Paraguay with her baby, trying to find work in Buenas Aires, in the company of a dry as dust lorry driver would arouse much of a reaction, Pablo Giorgelli, the director, has managed to achieve precisely the opposite. He even manages a perfect ending.
A lovely film, beautifully acted and directed that couldn't be improved upon in any way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 4 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I was really impressed with this film-there is some great work coming out of Argentina at the moment.

The film plods a long with some periods of no dialogue but the interaction between the 2 main characters really grows during the film.

Definitely worth a watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ajarn Col on 3 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
I'd agree with all the positive comments so far. It's a delightfully engaging film , in which the little dialogue and action carried on inside the truck was centred around Anahí, the delightful little baby girl. It was her crying, smiling ,and great charm that fitted perfectly and dictated the responses from both the central adult characters - creating the ever growing bond between them. It's all apparently very honest thanks to this unscripted naturalness. The ending was only a little surprising given that the somewhat complex - but nevertheless warm - character of Ruben (Germán de Silva) who seemed to have become increasingly wary of being hurt further owing to an encounter at a truck stop involving the superb Jacinta (Hebe Duarte). It's her first movie role. I won't say more,except that although being left a little unsure of the ultimate outcome I was however, left with a feeling of the glass being more just over half full rather than half empty. This is an emotionally tender and endearing movie and well worth the time spent watching. It could have been a bit longer, but that would have blunted the emotional edge I think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
Journeys in vehicles are often boring, with trite conversation about little things as the same old scenery trundles by.

Such as in this touching and finally, emotive and tender road movie, that was premiered on Film 4 last night. You need to travel 'the distance', however, to achieve the final glows of humanity and how an everyday journey can have a subtle and quietly profound outcome, where a woman and baby are re-united with her family and he, realising how lonely he is - and jealous of her - but in simply doing what was right, how that ultimately makes him feel, valued and appreciated.

This short-ish Argentinian film does rattle about like the old Scania truck a bit, that its owner, a 50's haulage trucker carrying huge loads of felled tree trunks from Paraguay to Buenos Aires and how little by little, having two people depending on him, reminding him of his own estranged son.

Not for everyone, specially not for those with AD disorder - and maybe not of the brilliance that some claim but good, honest indie world cinema.
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