Convento (2012)

Convento

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Convento is more than a film to watch. Convento is a film immersion. At the convergence of the rivers Oeiras and Guadiana, along what some believe to be a ley line possessing mystical energies, rises the four hundred year old monastery Sao Francisco. Its light earthen walls, marked by the sun and time, house a labyrinth of terraces, courtyards, gardens and fountains, all offering secret places to contemplate. An ancient irrigation system delivers water throughout, a silvery artery connecting all … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: ,
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Against the sacred and time-tossed setting, the artist's creations cast an uncanny spell: Inanimate yet alive, abandoned as scrap or carrion, yet newly born.

Full Review… | December 12, 2012
Wall Street Journal
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An unusual, lightly surreal and unorthodox documentary by Jarred Alterman, Convento takes an unconventional approach that accentuates its subjects and never exploits them.

Full Review… | March 18, 2012
Dallas Morning News
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Every member of the three-person family has found aesthetic fulfillment uniquely suited to the ancient retreat, as does helmer Alterman, who revels in serene vistas teeming with hybrid creations.

Full Review… | March 7, 2012
Variety
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Alterman's camerawork, panning and zooming about Christiaan's ants, rabbits, birds, and other assorted mecha creatures, conveys a sense of ominous religious awe.

Full Review… | March 6, 2012
Village Voice
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Alterman's camera languidly soaks up the landscape, lingering long enough so that we can appreciate both the beauty of the setting and the surprising dialogue created between it and Christiaan's artwork.

Full Review… | February 10, 2013
Eye for Film

The real star of this show is not the family but the otherworldly objects they churn out.

Full Review… | December 12, 2012
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