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One eccentric family transforms a vacant monastery into a creative haven for their artistic endeavors. The home and its surroundings serve as the backdrop for kinetic sculptures built from discarded electronics and deceased wildlife.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Every member of the three-person family has found aesthetic fulfillment uniquely suited to the ancient retreat, as does helmer Alterman, who revels in serene vistas teeming with hybrid creations.
Fresh: Alterman's camerawork, panning and zooming about Christiaan's ants, rabbits, birds, and other assorted mecha creatures, conveys a sense of ominous religious awe.
Fresh: Against the sacred and time-tossed setting, the artist's creations cast an uncanny spell: Inanimate yet alive, abandoned as scrap or carrion, yet newly born.
Fresh: An unusual, lightly surreal and unorthodox documentary by Jarred Alterman, Convento takes an unconventional approach that accentuates its subjects and never exploits them.
A beautiful documentary about a gifted artist, his home, and a way of life most creatives would be jealous of. This is beautiful film work, and worth every penny. If you like documentaries, art, Europe, and gorgeous imagery download this.
I am captivated by this film. The story of a family of artists living in the hills of Portugal, who cultivate and thrive in their self-made environment. As the scenes unravel and we explore deeper into the minds of our subjects, we see the film itself has become the art. Bravo.
The Zwanikken family, artists in a landscape, nestled into the walls of an evolving ancient Portuguese ruin are an observation into the art of living. Altermans cinematography is beautiful combined with layered sound effects make Convento a full experience.