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Altiplano (2009)

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A former war photographer and her physician husband are caught up in a riot when locals in an Andean village vent their unhappiness with contamination from a nearby mine.

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, (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)

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Saturnina
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Grace
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Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arturo Anacarino Zarate ...
Orlando
Malku Choquehuillca ...
Malku
Edgar Condori ...
Nilo / Omar (as Edgar Alcides Condori)
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Sami
Kian Khalili ...
Reza
Sonia Loaiza ...
Luz
Hermelinda Luján ...
Rufina
Norma Martínez ...
Mercedes
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Paul
Antonio Quevedo ...
Un soldat (as Marco Antonio Quevedo)
Edgar Quispe ...
Ignacio
Rodolfo Rodríguez ...
Raúl
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Storyline

War photographer Grace, devastated after 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 illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. Ignorant of its true source, the villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max's death. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and her land. Grace and Saturnina's destinies merge. ALTIPLANO is a lyrical and probing film about our divided but inextricably linked world. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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A lyrical tragedy about sacrifice and redemption in the Andes.

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20 August 2010 (USA)  »

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Fragments of Grace  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,269 (USA) (20 August 2010)

Gross:

$2,754 (USA) (2 October 2010)
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1.85 : 1
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Award: Grand Prix du 30ème Festival du Cinéma Européen de Virton 2009 (Belgium). See more »

Soundtracks

The Gloom of the Darkest Day
and "The Sinister Snow Squaw"
Composed by Bram Devens (Ignatz!)
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23 November 2009 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

After seeing Khadak, the first film of the creative duo behind Altiplano, I was totally blown away. Soon after I got to see Altiplano and the feeling left after watching Khadak was even topped by the later one. As much as with its story as with its powerful images, Altiplano grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the very end. Some visual moments reminded me of a more comprehensible version of Tarkovsky. Same with the previous film, Khadak, directors here don't aim the entertainment-seeking audience, but the one with higher standards. Visually, it is completely different from Khadak, but the same cinematic "language" of the directing duo can be felt in both. The leading star Magaly Solier gives a remarkable performance, which is a carrier of the whole film. Music is a very big part of this film. It blends with every image perfectly and gives extra power to every scene. Bottom line, I would warmly recommend this film to anyone that has the chance to see it.


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