The Sky Turns

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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.


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  • Without relying on melodrama or nostalgia, Alvarez embraces the inescapable nature of impermanence.

    Aug 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • Instead of expressing sorrow for a vanishing way of life, "The Sky Turns'' exudes a clear and weightless joy.

    Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • A fastidious tone poem, meticulously composed and deliberately paced.

    Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A fastidious tone poem, meticulously composed and deliberately paced.

    Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    New York Times
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  • 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.

    Feb 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 8, 2011 | Full Review…

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