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Altiplano (Fragments of Grace) (2010)

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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 fiancé 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 protest against the endless violations towards her people and their land. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max's death. ALTIPLANO is a lyrical and probing film about our divided but inextricably linked world.-- (C) Official Site

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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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 6.5 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2.5/5
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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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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…
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 | Rating: 3/4
Kansas City Star

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