on 26 September 2012
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.
on 3 June 2012
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.
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
on 4 May 2012
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.
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.
on 15 December 2013
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. This a well directed film with very little dialogue, given the emotional depth it has.
on 5 December 2012
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!
on 8 June 2012
On the face of it a movie about two people and a baby sharing a truck drive down a south American highway wouldn't suggest much! In fact it's a profoundly moving film about frailalty of human relationships and how two vulnerable people come to mean so much to each other. All this for a budget a fraction of some boring hollywood blockbuster.
This is a truly great little `slow- burner' of a film, from South America. The main & only protagonists are just lovely; they slowly absorb you, like a spill into a good quality kitchen roll! Even better - get the Bluray version which just gorgeous.
Ruben is a loner and drives long distance. He comes across as somewhat set in his ways - he's the strong silent type and not overly confident with woman, though, I wouldn't have thought he's unattractive to them either?
Jacinta would not be unattractive to men for sure. She's a single mother though and you feel sorry for her, as she seems to be doing the best she can at the moment. She has a little girl of 5 months - Anahi. She is drop dead gorgeous, and if you don't buy her a cuddly toy after this film then you've no heart at all!
Anyway, Ruben's boss wants him to give a woman a lift in his lumber carrying lorry, which travels from Paraguay to Buenos Aires. When he sees that Jacinta is carrying a baby he is so obviously most put out!
And so our story, told via the cab of his lorry for its whole duration, starts, - not very encouragingly initially I have to say!
This tale is all about, first impressions, a sulking silence - met by a determined female resilience to stick it out. Silences, sideways glances, some huffing and puffing - mainly from Ruben, and then, a word or two - but it takes a while! All along there's the drone of the engine, the clunk of the gear changes and the lovely warm countryside flashing by.
The film is about emotions and feelings; the ice melts in time, eventually perhaps, and it takes a fair while - some attraction - more from Ruben's side in initially?
There are some great little scenes here from both perspectives, they're subtle. Firstly, there's no acceptance, then begrudging acceptance, finally near total acceptance, ice cool acknowledgement - but no more than that, jealousy, trying a little harder, and finally hoping for something more?
My favourite scene is early on, when Ruben stops off, and whilst Jacinta is seeing to her daughter, he tries to buy some bus tickets - to get rid of Jacinta and her baby! He's foiled, as the last bus has already left - he's stuck with them! Can Jacinta and Anahi eventually melt his heart?
Stick with this because this is a truly great little film and so worthwhile.
on 17 January 2015
I loved this film. For the first few minutes I didn't think I was going to but like the surly lorry-driver, I was completely won over by the enchanting baby girl (and the skilled and intelligent editing which produced her amazing performance).
I can quite see that, for anyone not in the mood, the measured pace of the film might prove too little to hold the attention but for many the joy will be in the many tiny details which produce an immersive experience which left me feeling almost as if I too had just got down from the cab of that truck to stand and stretch in the dusty light of a South American sun.
And for the disappointed reviewer who couldn't find the award(s) won by this film, see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1754078/awards?ref_=tt_ql_4 Mostly in Hispanic countries, true, but note also Cannes, Bergen, Oslo and the British Film Institute!