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Dream Of Light Review


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One is tempted during the opening of Dream of Light to proclaim it one of the most fascinating documentaries ever made. For 15 minutes, there is nearly no dialogue, as Antonio López García, a renowned Spanish painter, prepares a canvas for his next work: a painting of the sun as it dances across the leaves and fruit of a quince tree. The detail is remarkable, and you sit up in your seat, waiting for things to really get going.

But about an hour into the painting (and six or so weeks in his real life), you start to realize that the emperor may indeed be without clothes. García's painting indeed slowly comes to life, the key word being slowly. In fact, it's so slow it is literally mind numbing. Yes, you will fall asleep. No, you won't miss anything. And even after that hour, you've still got 88 minutes to go. But then comes the kicker: Imagine your surprise when García actually quits his painting because Spain's bad weather makes the light all wrong and he can't continue.

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