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Altiplano (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 August 2010 (USA)
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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.


Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)


Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)
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Credited cast:
Magaly Solier ... Saturnina
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Grace
Olivier Gourmet ... Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arturo Anacarino Zarate Arturo Anacarino Zarate ... Orlando
Malku Choquehuillca Malku Choquehuillca ... Malku
Edgar Condori Edgar Condori ... Nilo / Omar (as Edgar Alcides Condori)
Behi Djanati Atai ... Sami
Kian Lawson-Khalili Kian Lawson-Khalili ... Reza (as Kian Khalili)
Sonia Loaiza Sonia Loaiza ... Luz
Hermelinda Luján Hermelinda Luján ... Rufina
Norma Martínez Norma Martínez ... Mercedes
Andreas Pietschmann ... Paul
Antonio Quevedo Antonio Quevedo ... Un soldat (as Marco Antonio Quevedo)
Edgar Quispe Edgar Quispe ... Ignacio
Rodolfo Rodríguez Rodolfo Rodríguez ... Raúl


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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A work of beauty
24 November 2011 | by francisvandenplasSee all my reviews

I saw this movie a few days ago on TV (should have been a movie theater though) and what I write has no link to the fact one of the directors being... Belgian. I'm even ashamed that, upon now, I hadn't been aware of his (joint) work!

I rate this beauty "only" a 9, because, to me, 10 means perfection. This one is only just short of it and I really can't understand the 6.7 global rating...

Furthermore I can't but subscribe to what "janlhoest" says in his review.

Maybe I would add that to me; this is something like a symphony of images, sound and sheer poetry...

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,269, 22 August 2010

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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