“In the lovely documentary “That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt,” producer-director Paul Hegeman highlights the music of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt while attempting to unveil the mystery around the purportedly reclusive writer of such famed works as “Tabula Rasa,” “Fratres,” “Trivium” and “Für Alina,” all stirringly performed here […] Listening to the film’s gorgeous renderings will make you a believer” – Gary Goldstein in Los Angeles Times

“A conventional documentary would be insufficient for the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, a renowned genius whose reticent nature belies his incandescent compositions. Dutch producer-director Paul Hegeman finds the 84-year-old artist at the height of his craft. Pärt’s musical storytelling has been described as minimalist, neoclassical, spiritual, and ethereal, and Hegeman effectively allows it to speak for itself. Rather than ticking the boxes of Pärt’s biography or talking to him at length about his process, Hegeman gives his audience plenty of opportunities to experience the feeling referenced in the doc’s title, through a wash of stirring communion that’s mainly conveyed in the film through Pärt’s rehearsals with the Cello Octet Amsterdam and performances in glittering concert halls around the world.” – Leah Pickett in Chicago Reader

“Avant-garde.” – Alonso Duralde in The Wrap

“Arvo Pärt, arguably one of the most celebrated and performed composers alive, is considered something of a recluse […] However, Paul Hegeman’s documentary paints a totally different portrait, revealing an artist who combines sensitivity with jocular humor, humility and energy.” – Jason Wood in The Wire

What differentiates That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt from other such documentaries and biopics is the opportunity to watch a composer engage intimately not only with an orchestra’s conductor, but also individual musicians. Likewise, Hegeman’s camera observes his rapturous demeanor as his music is being played in rehearsal. Because of his unkempt beard and hair, Pärt sometimes comes off as a mad genius or nutty professor, with his head in the clouds and body on the ground. At other times, the 84-year-old composer seems perfectly normal. There’s no single, simple way to express passion. It’s easier to detect on the faces of the musicians and conductors Hegeman interviews, including classical musicians Tõnu Kaljuste, Candida Thompson and Daniel Reuss; choreographer Jirí Kylián; filmmakers Alain Gomis; and  musician Kara-Lis Coverdale. I didn’t expect to enjoy That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt as much as I did, let alone be emotionally stirred by the music.” – Gary Dretzka in Movie City News

“This film by Dutchman Paul Hegeman offers a distinctive look at the influence of Arvo Pärt’s music, seeking to understand the wonder of Pärt through the eyes of professional musicians. Certainly, the composer reveals himself to the viewer from a different angle during an intensive period of rehearsals.” – Arvo Pärt Centre

“That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt serves to remind us of what a treasure we have in this wonderful man and his astonishing music that seems to emerge from a place and an era that the rest of us can never find on our own” – Bondo Wyszpolski in Easy Reader

“That Pärt feeling is immediately felt when you listen to the music”- Erik Voermans in Het Parool

“The close-up of the humble genius with a sense of humor is the most beautiful image of the film” – Leo Bankersen in Filmkrant

 

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