Yaaba (1989)

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Movie Info

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."
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family
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Studio:
Arcadia Films

Cast

Adama Sidibe
as Razougou
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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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Ouedraogo films all this with great formality and stateliness of pace.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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A direct, affecting story of superstition and love that marks Ouedraogo as a talent to watch.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
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.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Yaaba has its virtues, but the talent behind it is unformed.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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