Altiplano (Fragments of Grace)
Altiplano (Fragments of Grace) (2010)

War photographer Grace, devastated by a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 20, 2010
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Altiplano sees Brosens and Woodworth take a bold and unpredictable approach in calling attention to an environmental catastrophe.

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Lisa Rosman
Time Out

If Ingmar Bergman had made a Peruvian message movie, it might look something like this slow-building, panoramic meditation about the effects of mercury contamination in the Andes mountains.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Hypnotically braids strands of Incan mythology, Catholic voodoo, and campesino outrage to style a sympathetic outsider's portrait of South American mysticism.

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Ian Buckwalter

If a film may do penance for its narrative faults with the grace of its visuals, Altiplano does so in dramatic fashion.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

Co-collaborators Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth still cheapen their ethnological lyricism by over-stylizing the venture as if it were a Benetton ad by Alejandro Jodorowsky-lite.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A provocative and absorbing drama filled with haunting, powerful imagery.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Filled with mythic style and magical thinking, Altiplano feeds the eyes but gives rations to the mind.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Writer-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth are less interested in telling a conventional story than in dispensing poetic impressions. And, boy, do they.

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Nora Lee Mandel

Overplays blindness metaphors and foreign issues, but relishes the passionate theatricality of folk rituals, with some surrealism, to combine the poetic with the political.

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