Cielo Reviews

April 7, 2020
Even at just 78 minutes, it feels somewhat redundant and overlong. Still there are plenty of beautiful passages.
March 23, 2020
Although her film clocks in at a brisk 78 minutes, McAlpine attempts an admirable thoroughness: We see time-lapse images of the sky; we experience homemade special effects shots that depict astronomical phenomena...
August 19, 2019
A breathtaking documentary tribute to a simple beauty we take for granted - the night sky.
August 31, 2018
Slow and meditative, Cielo offers vertiginous time-lapse photography of the rotating Milky Way, as well as special-effects sequences that recreate astronomical events.
August 23, 2018
It should come as no surprise that McAlpine has a background in poetry. The sky is a naturally lyrical subject and the film is full of contemplative shots, displaying a rich visual language.
August 16, 2018
Creates celestial images to rival those in The Tree of Life.
August 15, 2018
Somewhere between a Discovery Channel special and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque head trip, you'll find Alison McAlpine's exquisite portrait film Cielo.
August 14, 2018
A dreamy documentary about the sky, notable for its poetic images.
August 10, 2018
In addition to talk, the film features gorgeous, silent time-lapse images of the slowly wheeling night sky, a blanket of dust and stars torn by satellites and meteors. It will leave you starstruck.
August 10, 2018
McAlpine's work is subtle and sublime; its queries more like answers.
August 9, 2018
Buoyed by conversations with a variety of people closely associated with this particularly luminous region, "Cielo" should entrance all those who enter its unique atmosphere.
August 9, 2018
A sky-watching doc that could be the most calming 78 minutes of your summer (this side of actually getting out of town and seeing the real thing).
August 8, 2018
Cielo is a cosmic meditation on our place in the universe.
December 9, 2017
A poet, McAlpine narrates a leisurely tour of the night sky... then listens to the diverse assortment of people who watch and relate to the sky in different quirky ways.