Rolling Family (Familia Rodante) (2004)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
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Argentinean writer/director Pablo Trapero (El Bonaerense, Crane World) takes to the road in Rolling Family. Emilia (Graciana Chironi) is the matriarch of a family living in Buenos Aires. When she learns that her sister's daughter is getting married, she gathers the whole family for a trip to her hometown of Misiones, on the border of Brazil. One of her daughters, Marta (Liliana Capuro), is married to Oscar (Bernardo Forteza). Marta calls him "Fatso," and he owns the RV the family uses for the
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Despite some nice performances ... it never gets out of the predictable low gear.
The cast doesn't look like a troupe of actors; it could easily be taken for an ordinary family with plenty of physical and psychological bumps and bruises, but always loving.
It's a profoundly rich and beautiful picture, in its unassuming way close to a masterpiece.
Director-writer Pablo Tapero keeps the proceedings low-key and realistic. He doesn't hit you over the head with his ideas, yet he manages to say a lot about human nature.
The movie rarely if ever crosses the border between familiarity and surprise.
The film has humanity to burn, but its loose structure makes it hard to connect with the multiple characters.
Proves that Americans don't hold the patent on familial dysfunction, but it's also a sincere personal essay about writer-director Trapero's Argentinean family.
This is all about boredom, anger and sex, and what we get most is the first on the list.
Trapero focuses on hazy morning sunrises and landscapes rushing by, and the way he frames the action in that tiny camper is like an extended, bravura stunt.
Getting released so close to Little Miss Sunshine can't be a coincidence.
The cast is as spiritedly naturalistic as Guillermo Nieto's cinematography, but there's no sense of place (let alone insight), and for a road movie that's a fatal flaw.
The film sets up a familiar dichotomy: traditional values, common sense, and a sense of nature, contrasted with urban sophistication, neurosis, and selfishness.
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