The moving road movie by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero begins on the day of the 84th birthday celebration of Grandma Emilia, when her disparate family gathers to pay homage to their matriarch. They are 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 1,000 kilometres away from Buenos Aires, and expects them all to go with her. Unable to defend themselves against the heavy dose of emotional blackmail she lays on them, 13 members of four generations of the same family cram into the back of an 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 past.
Excruciating and hilarious in equal measure in its raw depiction of family politics, Trapero’s own grandmother, a non-professional actor, plays the family matriarch lending the film reality, charm and sympathy.