Intimate Stories, in Spanish with English subtitles, is a very pleasant road picture set in a small deserted Patagonia hamlet called Fitz Roy.
Director Carlos Sorin helps the viewer understand the importance of making a long, difficult trek to the big city, in this case, San Julian. His "Minimal Stories" as translated from its Spanish title focuses on three people (non-professional actors) who become sympathetic characters in a relatively short running time.
Southern Argentina has an arid, bleak naturalistic quality to it and there's Don Justo, an elderly man losing his eyesight, toiling after his dog, Badface, who ran away three years ago.
Roberto, a very earnest salesman, is travelling to bring a birthday cake to the young son of a widow whom he secretly loves.
And, Maria an introverted young mother is going by bus to appear on a television game show.
Intimate Stories doesn't intend to be a message movie, but achieves a delicate poignancy through the happenstance occurring in the lives of these three dissimilar people to reach their personal goals.