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VINE VOICEon 20 August 2006
"Familia Rodante" ("The Rolling Family") is only a moderately appealing tale about a large extended family travelling across Argentina in a rickety camper van to attend a relative's wedding.En route, the van packs in several times and tempers predictably become frayed. The film is mostly unremarkable and easily forgettable which I think is due to the excessively large number of characters in the film all of whom we never quite get to know during the 95 minute running time.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 May 2012
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.
That`s it.
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.
Warmly recommended.
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on 27 January 2016
This film is a must for those who like the work of Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies). This is a film that explores the everyday dysfunctionality of an ordinary family in the rather claustrophobic environment of the camper van. It is full of intrigues, secrets and lies which lead to some rather calamitous events from camper van breakdown to relationship breakdown. The open road does not exactly provide freedom but restrictions. The film is bitter-sweet, sad and funny. If you like Mike Leigh you'll love this wonderfully charming film by Pablo Trapero
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on 15 May 2008
I have to utterly disagree with the comments of the former reviewers - I really enjoyed this film. The beginning of the film is a little mediocre with the family embarking on a long journey in a van, but once the road trip is well on the way the plot heats up with "truthful" (if slightly clichéd) and comedic family tensions - eventually boiling over - all in hilarious contrast to the vivid and romantic scenery. Granted, it's an artistic exaggeration of the reality of travelling with family, but it makes for a great 100 minutes.
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on 20 January 2008
Watchable but ultimately disappointing, there being a rather thin plot and little in the way of character development. My Spanish wasn't really up to it, but the subtitles did sometimes seem to be a long way from what was being said on screen and, in fact, it was quite difficult to catch much of the conversation. It was also quite difficult to understand why the journey kept taking them from tarmac'd roads, to dirt roads and back to good roads. On the plus side, the scenery was good and I thought that the music was perfect.

For a light hearted Argentinian film, I would rather recommend Sorin's "Bombom el perro"
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