El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun)
El Sol del membrillo (Dream of Light) (Quince Tree of the Sun) (2000)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Any summary of Spanish director Victor Erice's captivating documentary would sound more like a warning than the enthusiastic recommendation it merits.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The very act of creation speaks for itself in this amazing portrait of middle-age Spanish artist Antonio Lopez.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

More analytical than contemplative, never less than straightforward, Dream of Light makes no showy bid for the sublime.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A beguiling Spanish film about the creative process and the transitoriness of the natural world.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Christopher Null

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Dimitris Springer
The complacent portrait of Lopez dwells in the silence and state of fine art retaining the elaborate "auteur" detail which makes Erice's study of… More