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Altiplano (2009) DVDRip

Altiplano (2009) DVDRip

Altiplano is a 2009 drama film directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. It is the second part of their trilogy that began with Khadak (2006) and ended with The Fifth Season (2012). The film tells the story of two women, Grace and Saturnina, who are connected by a tragedy in the Andes of Peru.


Plot summary

Grace is a former war photographer who has quit her profession after witnessing a violent incident in Iraq. Her husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon who works at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba are suffering from 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 blame the foreign doctors for their misfortune and start a riot. Max is killed in the chaos, and Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of his death. Saturnina, meanwhile, takes drastic measures to protest against the exploitation of her people and her land. Grace and Saturnina's destinies merge in a lyrical and tragic film about sacrifice and redemption in a divided but inextricably linked world.

Cast and crew




Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth


Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth


Jasmin Tabatabai


Magaly Solier


Olivier Gourmet


Malku Choquehuillca

Critical reception

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. It has a rating of 6.9 out of 10 on IMDb and 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was praised for its stunning cinematography, poetic symbolism, and powerful performances. Some critics, however, found the film too slow, obscure, and pretentious. The film won several awards at international film festivals, including the Grand Prix at the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent and the Golden Zenith at the Montreal World Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.

DVD release

The film was released on DVD in 2010 by First Run Features. The DVD includes a bonus featurette called "The Making of Altiplano", which shows behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the directors and cast. The DVD also has English subtitles for the Quechua and Spanish dialogues. The DVD is available for purchase online on eBay and Amazon. The film can also be streamed online on JustWatch, where you can find out which platforms offer the film for rent or purchase.


Altiplano is a beautiful and haunting film that explores the themes of loss, grief, resistance, and hope in a globalized world. It is not a conventional narrative film, but rather a visual poem that invites the viewer to reflect on the connections between humans and nature, between cultures and histories, between life and death. It is a film that challenges and rewards those who are willing to immerse themselves in its rich and complex imagery.

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