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Granito (2011)

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25

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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Granito is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala's past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation's turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In Granito our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in Granito are connected by the Guatemala of 1982,

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Documentary, Television

$40.7k

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The movie is erratically paced, often static and dry, and occasionally dull. But the subject matter keeps you intrigued - barely.

February 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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There's a naggingly studied tone to the whole enterprise that makes it feel like history class rather than a complex, urgent reckoning.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There are only so many times you can watch a camera panning and zooming over still photos before your tolerance for the Ken Burns effect reaches its limit.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Granito becomes both a humanitarian legal thriller and a quest to find justice through cinema.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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"Granito" is less rough-edged than its guerrilla-film predecessor, but it shares a spirit of simplistic revolutionary solidarity.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As well-intended as it is artless.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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A well-meaning but inelegant bore.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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Sloppiness doesn't suit Granito, which should be concise, complicated, and elegant.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A meditative look back at the mass murder of Mayan Indians in Guatemala and the role of the progressive film-maker. Not agit-prop at all despite what mainstream reviewers here say.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Part courtroom drama, part political thriller and part war movie, Granito: How to Nail A Dictator is one of the most compelling. gripping and inspiring documentaries of the year to date.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

...delves into the case being built in a Madrid court against two generals charged with perpetrating a genocidal campaign against the Mayan people of Guatemala.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The film is at its best in its footage of those who are picking up the fight that their parents began against Montt, these 'granito' - or grains of sand - who hope that by coming together they can make a difference.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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