Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin) (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin) (2016)




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In a picturesque garden on a grand country estate, two long-time friends, an 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener, tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees, the orchard and lush grapevines, they talk about food, the weather, their craft (which is quickly disappearing) and the changing world around them. For fifteen years, they've been working on the pear arbor. But will it finally come together this year? And what about the harvest, will it be ready for the end-of-season banquet? Capturing one year in the life of this historic garden, the magnificent documentary Portrait of a Garden is a beautiful, transcendent viewing experience.

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Critic Reviews for Portrait of a Garden (Portret van een tuin)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Meditative in its slowness and exquisite beauty, Portrait of a Garden is more than a fine documentary - it's a balm for the soul.

October 26, 2016 | Full Review…

As you watch its diligent overseers at work, the movie feels like a Zen meditation on time, nature and human activity.

October 25, 2016 | Full Review…

This isn't just a collection of great pictures of a classic garden and orchard (AKA a castle farm) it is also a manifesto about food and the art of gardening.

February 7, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Rosie Stapel's graceful documentary lets us see something of the processes involved, and lets us appreciate the way the garden changes over the shorter timeframe of four seasons.

December 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A simple film, and delicate, and abidingly good.

December 11, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This visually striking documentary about impassioned Dutch gardeners is meditative but at moments a tad monotonous.

October 25, 2016 | Full Review…

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