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Brimstone & Glory

HD   NR

Viktor Jakovleski

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About the Movie

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up­and-comers create their own rowdy, lo­fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, BRIMSTONE & GLORY honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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86%
  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mixing sheer spectacle with modest but pleasing human-interest threads, Viktor Jakovleski's first directorial feature is a poetical, entrancing documentary that should delight niche viewers across many cultural borders. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, May 10, 2017

Fresh: "Brimstone" is less successful as it edges toward an impressionistic immersion into fire and fiesta, but as you-are-there experiences go, it has energy to burn. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 26, 2017

Fresh: Viktor Jakovleski's sometimes rapturous Brimstone & Glory takes us to Tultepec for two annual rituals that celebrate this livelihood, reveling in their spectacle and observing the days leading up to them. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 27, 2017

Fresh: If these scenes of slow-motion wonderment weren't enough to get your heart pounding, Jakovleski then follows the crowds for their version of the running of the bulls. – April Wolfe, Village Voice, Dec 1, 2017

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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