The Vessel 2016

The Vessel

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A tidal wave destroys a small-town elementary school and washes 46 children out to sea. Over the next 10 years, music, dancing, fireworks and childbirth all vanish from the village, which is locked in perpetual mourning. One night, a young man name Leo (Lucas Quintana) slips off the pier and drowns, but mysteriously revives three hours later. The townspeople wonder if this is a sign from God when Leo feels compelled to build a mysterious structure out of the school's remains.

Cast & Crew

Martin Sheen
Father Douglas
Lucas Quintana
Leo
Hiram Delgado
Gabriel
Marian Pabón
Rosita
Julio Quintana
Screenwriter
Terrence Malick
Executive Producer
Sarah Green
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Critic Reviews for The Vessel

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  • Whatever his influences, Quintana has made his own, fine thing: a quietly powerful depiction of the what is required to rekindle hope in the hopeless.

    September 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A modest, but not maudlin, parable of hope about mustering the strength to vigorously plunge again into life's uncertainties after a devastating loss.

    September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a strange brew: stark yet beautiful, urgent yet dreamlike.

    September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Quintana's emphasis on Jungian dream logic gives his otherwise spartan parable a compelling mythic dimension.

    September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This muted, moving small-scale tale of sorrow and faith will strike a chord with both the churchgoing crowd and aficionados of Malick's contemplative, theologically predisposed cinema.

    September 15, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
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  • We keep waiting for the film to wash over us, and it never quite does.

    September 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vessel

  • Mar 11, 2017
    Confusing as hell and not particularly interesting. This is really just an extremely pretentious film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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