The Olive Tree
Director: Iciar Bollain
Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs
Language: Spanish, Gerrman, English, French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Spain-Germany. 2016 100 mins. (15)
Released by Eureka Entertainment
Don't miss Iciar Bollain's comedy drama 'The Olive tree,' a very human story with universal appeal that will amuse, enthrall and grab your heart strings.
Spain's in recession, unemployment's rife, income from olive oil production is rock bottom and Alba's (Anna Costillo) family are in tension filled melt down. Her father Luis (Miguel Angel Aladren) has sold the family's one thousand year-old olive tree to a German energy company in Dusseldorf who use it as their logo and Alba's beloved grandfather (played by non-professional Manual Cucala) hasn't spoken since the sale and piles stones where the tree was. The family's hoped for future in poultry farming's so-so and dreams of a beach restaurant is a cash lost disaster. Wilful and spirited Alba throws caution to the wind and sets out with uncle Arti (Javier Gutierrez) and long time admirer Rafa (Pep Ambros) to return her ailing grandfather's olive tree to Castellon with a little help from friends, new acquaintances along the way, Face Book and social media.
Beautifully shot widescreen, scripted by Paul Laverty, the leads are terrific, flashbacks add context to this journey to discover the past and you'll shed a tear. It's a gem.