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FAMILIA RODANTE

Director: PABLO TRAPERO

ARGENTINA • SPAIN / GERMANY / BRAZIL • 2004 • COLOUR • IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • 99 MIN


It’s Grandma’s 84th birthday and the disparate family gathers to pay homage to their matriarch, unaware of the bombshell she’s about to Drop. She’s been invited to be the matron of honour at her niece’s wedding in the remote village where she was brought up, over a housand kilometres away from Buenos Aires, and wants—no, expects—them all to go with her. Unable to defend themselves against the heavy dose of emotional blackmail she lays on them, thirteen members of four generations of the same family cram into the back of a twenty year old camper van and set off. In this confined space, as the days pass and the van hobbles its way towards its destination, emotions start to ride high and old grudges and jealousies start bubbling to the surface, along with well kept secrets and sexual tensions, new and old. Excruciating and hilarious in equal measure in its raw depiction of family politics, director Pablo Trapero’s own grandmother, a non-professional actress, plays the family matriarch, lending the film reality, charm and sympathy.

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