El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)

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A film about the artistic process in every sense of the phrase, Spanish director Victor Erice's El Sol del Mebrillo (The Quince Tree Sun) loosely documents the efforts of artist Antonio Lopez to paint the titular foliage in his backyard. Lopez agonizes over just how to capture the light falling on the tree's leaves; he aspires to complete the painting before the fruit falls at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the artist is distracted by unannounced visitors, the debate over the Gulf War, and the filmmaker himself. Sol begins in documentary form, with voiceover narration from Lopez himself, then slowly takes on other qualities: slightly staged narrative storytelling; hypnotic, dream-like nature film; and philosophical meditation on art and mortality. Barely released in the U.S., the film nonetheless made it onto many stateside critics' "Best of the 1990s" lists, and won the International Critics' Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. Erice's previous efforts include two hallmarks of Spanish cinema, 1973's The Spirit of the Beehive and 1983's Sur. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi


Critic Reviews for El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

  • In its own minimalist way it becomes a thoughtful, delicate inquiry into the essence of the artistic process, and a tribute to the beauty and mutability of nature. Mr. Erice's film is much bigger than it may appear to be.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • More analytical than contemplative, never less than straightforward, Dream of Light makes no showy bid for the sublime.

    Apr 18, 2002
  • Any opportunity that's presented to us so that we can enjoy a masterpiece of the caliber of this film is welcomed. [Full review in Spanish]

    May 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Cinematheque Ontario's international panel voted it the best film of the 1990s, which can only lead me to question what they were smoking at the time.

    Mar 9, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Any summary of Spanish director Victor Erice's captivating documentary would sound more like a warning than the enthusiastic recommendation it merits.

    Jul 30, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • A beguiling Spanish film about the creative process and the transitoriness of the natural world.

    Aug 21, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)

  • Aug 14, 2008
    The complacent portrait of Lopez dwells in the silence and state of fine art retaining the elaborate "auteur" detail which makes Erice's study of conversation,nature,intoxicating feeling such a beloved textbook on time's benefits.Perhaps the simple stuff and as naive as it sounds,just watch those two old men reiterating the past,their affections and the still images of youth.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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