Ruben is far from pleased and quietly verging on anger and he makes no attempt to help Jacinta as she
climbs into the truck weighed down with all her heavy bags. The journey
starts in a deafening silence, which seems like neither of these quiet
strangers will break. Ruben does
eventually ask her tentative questions about the whereabouts of the baby’s
father but gets rebuffed and they relapse into silence again until the next
attempt. It is in fact the baby’s crying
that eventually breaks the ice.
their own way, open up and start to get to know and even eventually like each other. By the time it culminates in the final scene
where Ruben drops them off with her relatives start her new life, he agonizes
before eventually asking Jacinta if he can see her again. Trust me by that point we all want to know the answer, which is neatly ambiguous but gives Ruben (and us) some hope.
and the most simplest of stories which completely engages you from the moment their
journey together starts. Director (and
co-writer) Pablo Giorgelli beautifully conveys the claustrophobic space of the
truck’s cabin compared to the vastness of the open countryside that by some innovative
camera work in this his debut feature movie.
It’s the two actors however that really make this come alive with the such
understated subliminal performances as they give so little detail of their
story but we end up feeling that we know them well enough to be invested in
their futures. And I am very hesitant to
even mention it, BUT I will confess the baby got to me too … and people who know
me personally, will know this is no mean feat.
that’s not the main reason why you should see this film. It’s a slow burner of a
delight that unfolds at a leisurely pace that ends up leaving you totally