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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
"Thoroughly wonderful...Trapero is that rarest kind of filmmaker, a minimalist with a huge heart." -Salon.com
"The film offers a ground-level view of Argentine family values that transcends geographic borders in its evocation of messy primal relationships." -New York Times
"Filmmaker Trapero, a proponent of the New Argentine Cinema, employs a minimalist naturalism to tell what is obviously a very personal story that, at the same time, is certain to elicit widespread sighs of familiarity." -New York Post
"Funny, telling and more than a little frightening...the performances are extremely raw and natural" -Film Threat
"A modest and genial portrait of a dysfunctional family" -Chicago Reader
"Shot in a style that leans toward richly colored abstraction, of the kind designed to get an art-lover's blood racing" -The Onion
Four generations of an Argentinian family hit the road in Pablo Trapero's enchanting and
buoyantly funny new movie. Rolling Family is a warm, vivacious comedy about love, life,
laughter and the compromises we make for family. When an Argentinian grandmother is invited to be
the `matron of honor' at the wedding of a distant niece she invites her whole family to accompany
her. Her frazzled middle-aged daughters, exasperated sons-in-law, hormonal grandchildren, and
newborn great-grandson pile into a temperamental 1956 Chevy Viking camper on a cross-country
journey to the border of Argentina and Brazil. Along the way, old passions and enmities are re-
ignited, emotional and mechanical mishaps abound, and the landscapes and folkways of Argentina are
endowed with a wonderfully fleeting beauty thanks to Trapero's keen camera eye and gentle, patient
rhythms. Just as he did in his debut, Crane World, Trapero works with non-actors, and
carefully builds his narrative around everyday events, giving us a road movie with a difference,
in which reality acquires a magical aura. Rolling Family is a joyful and complex film that
illuminates family life filled with affection, melancholy, and plenty of humor.
Directed by Pablo
Trapero, 2004, Argentina, 35mm, 103 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.