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Convento

Convento (2012)

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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

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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.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

March 18, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

March 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

February 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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The real star of this show is not the family but the otherworldly objects they churn out.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

This unortho-doc ultimately doesn't need to explain much more about its subjects' motivations because its images provide their own explanation.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IFC.com
IFC.com

A complex melding of the natural and the machine, his robotic art pieces are at once beautiful and yet things nightmares are made of.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Convento captures the casually reassuring pleasure, as well as the potentially disconcerting oddness, of seeing something commonplace anew.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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