Bollaín and Laverty have previously worked together on the Oscar-nominated Even the Rain and once again they prove to be a winning combination. The Olive Tree is a beautifully film which combines family drama, social criticism, environmental politics and road movie. Anna Castillo is superb as the plucky Alba, whose belief and determination that this one act will save her grandfather and redeem her family outweighs her growing anxieties. Javier Gutiérrez provides the comic relief, acting as a perfect counterbalance to the drama. The Olive Tree is a simple, yet beautiful, fable about the impact of the financial crisis on ordinary working families.

Alma is a young girl with emotional problems and a special relationship with her grandfather Ramón, an old country man who stopped talking about 12 years ago after his son, Alma’s father, sold a 2000-years-old olive tree in order to open a restaurant. Unable to bear the situation any longer, Alma convinces her uncle Alcachofa and her friend Rafa (who has a love interest for her) to go in a truck from Spain to Germany to recover the tree.