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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.
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.
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.