Las Acacias

Directed by Pablo Giorgelli
FACT Cinema
9th - 15th December 2011

Reviewed by Colin Serjent

This is a warm and tender film observing the interaction of three characters - a middle-aged lorry driver and a young woman with a baby,.

As a favour to his boss Ruben (German De Silva) is giving them a lift from Paraguay to Buenos Aires, where Jacinta (Hebe Duarte) is going to work. For the first thirty minutes of the film very little dialogue is spoken, as the two adults barely acknowledge each other's presence in the truck.

But the icy silence between them is gradually broken through the lovable behaviour of the five-month-old toddler Anahi (Nayra Calle Mamani).

Ruben becomes entranced by her, and as a result of this he begins to bond with Jacinta, which grows into genuine affection for her.

Impressively directed by Pablo Giorgelli (making his debut), iLas Acacias won the Camera d'Or in Cannes this year, aided by the luscious cinematography of Diego Poleri. Highly recommended.

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