Las Acacias

Film, Drama
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Las Acacias
Les Acacias
Those in need of a flab-free winter warmer should look no further than this hushed romance that takes place in the cramped confines of a cantankerous trucker’s cab. Rubén (Germán de Silva) has agreed to allow a local woman, Jacinta (Hebe Duarte), to ride shotgun as he hauls logs from a Uruguayan backwater to Buenos Aires. That she brings along her obscenely cute newborn initially raises hackles – there’s barely a word uttered in the first 30 minutes – but as they amble on down the road and the baby gurgles and ogles adoringly, the nervy pair begin to let down their guards. Delicately paced and deceptively slight, director Pablo Giorgelli (winner of the Camera d’Or for a debut film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival) generates sweet truth and sexual tension by keeping the style clean, acting tight and edits sparse. The will they/won’t they climax is a tad trite, but it’s a superficial nick on the façade of the film’s overall loveliness.

By: David Jenkins


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday December 2 2011
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Screenwriter: Pablo Giorgelli
Cast: Hebe Duarte
Nayra Calle Mamani
Germán de Silva

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3.1 / 5

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If he were carrying the lumber from Uruguay to Buenos Aires it would have been a very short movie.

andrea capes

A tour de force of great acting, direction and editing. Not a film for those who generally head for the latest offering from Hollywood, though, I'm afraid.

andrea capes

Great acting, direction and editing. A film that will stay with me for a long time. Not for those who head for the latest offering from Hollywood, though ,I'm afraid.

E Vinnicombe

Paraguayan backwater, not Uruguayan. This film is movie magic and escapism for those who don't meet or engage with such characters in real life. For the rest of us, it's nothing special. And no, I'm not going to praise it for capturing "added nuances". I like something different and challenging in films.