The Sky Turns (2011)
Mercedes Alvarez was three years old when, in the late 1960s, her parents left La Aldea, a village in the barren Northern Spanish Soria region. She was the last child born in La Aldea. Now, only fourteen people live there, a last dying generation. Soon this village, like so many other rural communities all over the world, will be deserted and will probably disappear from the map. Alvarez returns for the first time to her ancestral home and makes a stunning film about memory and the terrifying passing of time. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Sky Turns
Without relying on melodrama or nostalgia, Alvarez embraces the inescapable nature of impermanence.
Instead of expressing sorrow for a vanishing way of life, "The Sky Turns'' exudes a clear and weightless joy.
In the beautifully com posed documentary "The Sky Turns," filmmaker Mercedes Alvarez returns after 35 years to Aldealsenor, the remote Spanish village where she was born.
Nothing speaks more elegantly to the bewilderment of the locals than a long shot of newly built windmills lining a distant hilltop while a villager, made tiny by Álvarez's framing, looks on in the foreground, swallowed up by the forces of history.
Alverez's film is nearly brimming with chuckle-inducing existential aporia and wise old quips that are powerful enough to make men smile in the face of death.
A somewhat meandering, yet provocative and lyrical documentation of a village's history, its evolution and the memories of its 14 villagers.
A documentary about the demise of the filmmaker's village in Spain, The Sky Turns is poorly conceived but pleasing to look at.
This documentary has been winning awards in festivals and it's easy to see why: It's a personal, lyrical, original meditation about time, memory, history and space.
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