Yaaba (1989)


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An essentially dialogue-less movie, this is the story of a young boy who cultivates a friendship with a woman who is shunned as a witch. Their relationship eventually evolves into a love relationships in which he calls her "Yaaba," which stands for "Grandmother."


Critic Reviews for Yaaba

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Yaaba's power sneaks up on you. At first it seems as spare as the airy African Savannah where it unfolds. It's only with a little distance from its muted beauty that the plan of the film becomes clear.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Ouedraogo films all this with great formality and stateliness of pace.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A direct, affecting story of superstition and love that marks Ouedraogo as a talent to watch.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The director Idrissa Ouedraogo, of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) shapes this spare and resonant drama with perfect control.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Yaaba has its virtues, but the talent behind it is unformed.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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