Without relying on melodrama or nostalgia, Alvarez embraces the inescapable nature of impermanence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Instead of expressing sorrow for a vanishing way of life, "The Sky Turns'' exudes a clear and weightless joy.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A somewhat meandering, yet provocative and lyrical documentation of a village's history, its evolution and the memories of its 14 villagers.
| Original Score: 7.95521/10
A fastidious tone poem, meticulously composed and deliberately paced.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A documentary about the demise of the filmmaker's village in Spain, The Sky Turns is poorly conceived but pleasing to look at.
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.
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.
| Original Score: A-
What's rendered here is a fleeting life where we're mere visitors with roots that come and go. The film is testament to this transient existence.
| Original Score: 4/5