Yaaba (1989)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Time Out

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

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John Minson
Empire Magazine

A wonderful portrait of Third World life that will leave you with a sense of real peace.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The director Idrissa Ouedraogo, of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) shapes this spare and resonant drama with perfect control.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It isn't a fancy or melodramatic film, and it moves rather slowly, especially if you compare it with hyperactive Hollywood pictures. But it glows with gentleness and charm

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The touching fairy-tale pic has a polished lush look, and the naturalistic performances make it look convincingly realistic.

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