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Las Acacias [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]

German de Silva , Hebe Duarte , Pablo Giorgelli    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4OA90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Las Acacias (2011) (Blu-Ray)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gentle, unusual, truthful film 13 Jan 2012
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE GEM 26 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 5 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A simple but very human story of two diffident bruised people, thrown together by chance, and finally realising their similarities. No thrills, but quiet pleasure for this viewer, and the baby is gorgeous!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow-burning minimalist gem 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Like a Real Life Journey.... 19 Sep 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This is why I love World cinema. No car chases, no ten second takes.This is a slow burning story of two people bonding during a two day drive in South America. Read more
Published 7 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
A man who has given up on women and perhaps life and a woman who should have given up on men and perhaps life, but hasn't. He's bruised to the core and emotionally numb. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Rural life shown beautifully.
This is a very simple story of survival and rural life. Chance encounters and painfully aware of the situation. Very well made. Excellent performances.
Published 12 months ago by Vivek K. Sarawgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
I am learning Spanish and out Tutor advised us to listen to Spainish films as a way of getting used to the Spanish way of speaking. This film is an excellent learning tool.
Published 15 months ago by johanna margaret prescott
3.0 out of 5 stars different
quick dispatch

film itself, hmmmm, one of those moody arty farty offerings with lots of meaningful looks, best thing for me was the scenery!
Published 16 months ago by Martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great movie and a perfect pressie for my best friend. Recommend it to anyone who likes a thoughtful movie.
Published 17 months ago by MRS AMANDA DAVIS
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what all the praise is for
I bough this film as I have seen some really good latin american films in the last few years, the Secret in Their Eyes, probably the best. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing film
This is an unusual Argentine film with english subtitles which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival 2011. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted film
There is little dialogue and compelling physical communication. The baby is adorable, and the director captured the child with incredibly relevant expressions. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
All done with minimum of dialogue and eschews the obvious in the storytelling - there's a lovely moment when the trucker holds the baby and you can see he wants to cry but he... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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