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Altiplano (Fragments of Grace) (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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War photographer Grace, devastated by a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancÚ to the contamination. The villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Saturnina takes drastic measures to

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Altiplano sees Brosens and Woodworth take a bold and unpredictable approach in calling attention to an environmental catastrophe.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If a film may do penance for its narrative faults with the grace of its visuals, Altiplano does so in dramatic fashion.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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Filled with mythic style and magical thinking, Altiplano feeds the eyes but gives rations to the mind.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If Ingmar Bergman had made a Peruvian message movie, it might look something like this slow-building, panoramic meditation about the effects of mercury contamination in the Andes mountains.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Co-collaborators Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth still cheapen their ethnological lyricism by over-stylizing the venture as if it were a Benetton ad by Alejandro Jodorowsky-lite.

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Writer-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth are less interested in telling a conventional story than in dispensing poetic impressions. And, boy, do they.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Hypnotically braids strands of Incan mythology, Catholic voodoo, and campesino outrage to style a sympathetic outsider's portrait of South American mysticism.

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A provocative and absorbing drama filled with haunting, powerful imagery.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Overplays blindness metaphors and foreign issues, but relishes the passionate theatricality of folk rituals, with some surrealism, to combine the poetic with the political.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

There exists within the eloquent imagery, the seed of a true potent anti-colonialist story. But ironically smothered in neo-colonialist European musical and religious cultural elements, while muting corporate violence and misinterpreting Third World rage.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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