The Vessel Reviews

September 21, 2016
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 15, 2016
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
It's a strange brew: stark yet beautiful, urgent yet dreamlike.
September 15, 2016
Quintana's emphasis on Jungian dream logic gives his otherwise spartan parable a compelling mythic dimension.
September 15, 2016
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 14, 2016
We keep waiting for the film to wash over us, and it never quite does.
December 27, 2018
Julio Quintana's The Vessel is a gorgeous, lyrical film about faith that's more interested in questions than in answers.
December 19, 2016
Julio Quintana turns his camera into an omniscient eye, while raising exciting questions about the distance between tragedy and miracle. [Full review in Spanish]
November 7, 2016
A clear and obvious example of the difficulty of conveying messages of spiritual transcendence through cinema. [Full review in Spanish]
October 31, 2016
Even with Martin Sheen's impressive Chris Cringle facial hair, The Vessel annoys and irritates more than anything else. The film may be alluring to look at, but it's absolutely torturous to endure and practically unbearable to watch.
October 14, 2016
The Vessel is a gorgeously lensed parable. It's just that its messages and symbolism are so heavy-handed, so laden with biblical meaning, they're never left to work their own miracles.
September 19, 2016
A moving and emotional production.
September 19, 2016
... a dull, slow paced and unsatisfying movie.
September 16, 2016
A stirring parable about the spiritual transformation of a community after a tragedy.
September 15, 2016
Gentle, poetic, touching.
September 15, 2016
A village already traumatized by a deadly natural disaster undergoes a crisis of faith in this slight but beautifully shot allegory starring Martin Sheen as the local priest.
September 15, 2016
A testament to the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.
September 15, 2016
Produced by Terrence Malick, it is the rare film in which the guiding hand of the artist-as-producer feels not overbearing or dominant, but rather paternal and knowing.