The Sky Turns
The Sky Turns (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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

New York Times

A fastidious tone poem, meticulously composed and deliberately paced.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Elegiac documentary of one year in the life of the director's hometown in her rural north Spain farming community.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Instead of expressing sorrow for a vanishing way of life, "The Sky Turns'' exudes a clear and weightless joy.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Robert Tumas
Slant Magazine

Alverez's film is nearly brimming with chuckle-inducing existential aporia and wise old quips that are powerful enough to make men smile in the face of death.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

A fastidious tone poem, meticulously composed and deliberately paced.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A somewhat meandering, yet provocative and lyrical documentation of a village's history, its evolution and the memories of its 14 villagers.

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