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      Released Oct 1, 2010 1h 50m Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 71% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In the Andes, a Belgian doctor and his photojournalist wife become ensnared in a native tribe's struggle with a mining company. Read More Read Less

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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. Rated: 4/5 Sep 30, 2010 Full Review 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. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 6, 2010 Full Review Ian Buckwalter NPR If a film may do penance for its narrative faults with the grace of its visuals, Altiplano does so in dramatic fashion. Rated: 6.5 Aug 23, 2010 Full Review Dustin Chang Floating World Set in otherworldly Andes backdrop, Altiplano is bravura filmmaking at its best- colors, music, camera movements and unforgettable images mixed in with myth and spirituality conjuring up emotions like no other. Mar 24, 2021 Full Review Richard Propes Altiplano seemingly wants to drive home the idea that we're all inevitably interconnected. Rated: 2.0/4.0 Sep 1, 2020 Full Review 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. Rated: 3/4 Sep 23, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This movie needed an editor with a sharp machete to make it flow and not appear to be so aimlessly. The actors look so conscious of the camera that they at times look to be characters in a newscast when they are surprised by a news crew and reporter. But above all, my goodness, a good editor is worth his/her weight in gold (not mercury!) Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Visually stunning. Besides that, it is a rather schizophrenic film. The first half gives you the impression of a linear story with a plot; I even thought that it's going to tackle some of the political issues at hand. The second half is purely poetic, almost Tarkofskian in nature. If that's your thing, you are going to love it, but you are not going to learn anything about this area of the world from this film and you might not understand much unless you are already familiar with it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful cinematography and exquisite imagery cannot transcend this tragic tale infused with elements of magical realism. The specters that appear stops the momentum of the tale as there is no clear introduction to their presence causing a questioning in the mind that takes you out of the film. The symbology of the life size village madonna falling and breaking and being reconstructed throughout the film is obvious and crudely manipulative. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a visually hypnotising experience with a moving, spiritual and humanistic content. The underlying ecological message is presented as a 'greed parable'. Impressive Belgian cinema! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The directors' of ALTIPLANO say that this film "offers the viewer the possibility to reflect on injustice, accountability, faith and redemption. /.../ The film is built upon moments of trauma and loss but is, fundamentally, an expression of our faith in the possibility of mutual understanding between people." I absolutely loved it - it's visually stunning, poetic, mystic and very, very intense! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member “Altiplano” has everything a movie needs: it’s emotionally effective and politically relevant while being artistically ambitious and accomplished. It’s nearly too perfect in its way of combining the most effective cinematic devices in depicting a story worth telling to the whole world, but avoids a calculated feel with raw, real characters and a suitably restrained overall presentation. The imagery is tenderly beautiful, expressing a union of lyrical subtlety and strength. The same goes for the story; not too often is a film this devastatingly harsh and direct as well as aesthetically perfected and moving. “Altiplano” is inspired by true events involving a western company that was responsible for a devastating ecological disaster in South America. It very poignantly and urgently reminds us that our western lifestyle of excess requires nonconsentual sacrifices from people who’ll never get to share our material wealth. The role of big transcontinental companies in this is under special scrutiny: it’s a sad fact that these companies operate as selfish economical agents, their actions are based on numbers and their sole purpose of being is the acquisition of profit. Whenever a company does anything in a place where its consumer base is not watching, ethical considerations and image issues are not important. After all it’s illogical for an agent after optimum profit to pour resources into developing ethical behavior when there’s no measurable payback. Tragedy of the commons on a global scale, and nobody notices anything. Well okay, sometimes it does get noticed- hence this film exists- but it really makes one wonder how much of this is going on all around the world all the time with us consumers having absolutely no clue about it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In the Andes, a Belgian doctor and his photojournalist wife become ensnared in a native tribe's struggle with a mining company.
      Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
      Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
      First Run
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 1, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 26, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 50m