Las Acacias

Synopsis: Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina for years, carrying wood. However, today's journey is different because of Jacinta, who accompanies him as his passenger all the way to Buenos Aires. What's more, Rubén finds out at the very moment that her little Anahí, who's 8 months old, travels with them. As kilometres go by, the relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. They will slowly 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Pablo Giorgelli
Production: Independent Pictures
  19 wins & 21 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
82 min
Website
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Are you Ruben?

Mr. Fernando sent me.

The baby's yours?

Yes, she's my daughter.

Fernando didn't mention a baby.

I told Mr. Fernando I was travelling

with my daughter.

- D' you have all your papers?

- Yes.

Here...

THANKS FOR VISITING PARAGUAY

You have to cross alone.

It's that way.

Should I wait for you on the other side?

Push down.

Hello.

Good morning.

Where are you heading for?

To Buenos Aires.

What are you carrying?

Lumber...

Truck's technical verification

papers, please.

Let's go, we're moving...

I'm coming from Paraguay.

Where are you going?

To Buenos Aires.

For what?

To visit my cousin.

Documents.

Travel permit from the father?

She has no father.

That's my last name.

You know you can only stay

for 90 days, right?

Then you have to come back.

You and the baby girl.

Done?

Done.

Have a nice day.

No, thanks.

Thanks.

She's hungry.

She's hungry.

I need to warm up her bottle.

I'll be right back.

How much do I owe you?

Five pesos.

Give me "mate"...

some crackers

and a bottle of water.

Large?

Yes, with gas.

Do you sell bus tickets here?

Yes.

How much to Buenos Aires?

One hundred and eighty.

Babies pay?

No, as long as they

don't occupy a seat.

They only pay insurance.

When does the bus leave?

At eight, nine maybe...

Today's bus already left.

It would have to be for tomorrow.

How much for these?

Fifteen.

Two "empanadas" with bread, please.

How do you know Fernando?

My mother works in his house.

And you?

I work for him.

"Mate"?

Yes.

What are you going

to Buenos Aires for?

To work.

Doing what?

My cousin is looking for something.

What's your name?

Jacinta...

and she's Anahi.

Easy, easy.

No, not in your mouth.

That's not yours.

It's fine...

if that keeps her from crying.

Do you have a family?

No.

I have a son.

Are you going into town?

Yes. I have to drop something off.

I'll be right back.

She's not home.

Who?

My sister.

Did she know you were coming?

No.

I will leave it with the neighbor.

Is it a gift?

Yes.

It's a birthday present.

Is it today?

No, it was two months ago.

I'm in no hurry.

How old is she?

Five months.

Do you like dogs?

Yes, very much.

Did you have a dog back there?

Yes, I left him with my mother.

What's his name?

Donky.

My sister asked me

if I was the father.

She has no father.

Ruben!

You are falling asleep!

No, no.

How about some water?

No, no.

"Mate"?

No, no.

Why don't we stop?

Could be, right?

Farther on, there's a place...

We'll stop there.

Don't worry.

I've been driving

for 30 years.

I've never fallen asleep.

So, don't worry...

Ruben...

I'll see if there is a phone

to call my mother.

I'll go with you.

Don't bother.

Do you want me to hold the baby?

I'll look after her.

What time is it?

I overslept!

She needs to be changed.

Powerful baby!

"Nde pora"asyta"...

..."a cambia"imita lande sapatumi,

la nde pantalon".

Let's get you changed, make you all

pretty to arrive in Buenos Aires.

Ready?

Ready.

Is it hard to speak Guarani?

No, it is easy.

How do you say "truck driver"?

"Truck driver".

It's really easy!

Some wordsjust

don't exist in Guarani.

You could say, "mba"eryru mboguataha".

What?

"Mba"eryru mboguataha".

Is she asleep?

"Oke".

What?

"Oke".

What's that?

She's sleeping.

What about your son?

He is in Mendoza now.

His name is Ruben, like me.

I first met him when he turned four.

I gave him a bicycle that day.

He kept staring at it.

He stared at the bike

and at me, back and forth.

And then he asked:

is it for me?

His eyes were this big.

It's been a long time

since I've seen him.

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