El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)
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El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Any summary of Spanish director Victor Erice's captivating documentary would sound more like a warning than the enthusiastic recommendation it merits."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Whether it's a documentary or not, the sheer dumbness of the way this movie was put together is alone enough to drag it down."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"More analytical than contemplative, never less than straightforward, Dream of Light makes no showy bid for the sublime."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A beguiling Spanish film about the creative process and the transitoriness of the natural world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The very act of creation speaks for itself in this amazing portrait of middle-age Spanish artist Antonio Lopez."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer