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.

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.

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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