Critic Reviews for Yaaba
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.
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.
Ouedraogo films all this with great formality and stateliness of pace.
A direct, affecting story of superstition and love that marks Ouedraogo as a talent to watch.
The director Idrissa Ouedraogo, of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) shapes this spare and resonant drama with perfect control.
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