Paula has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Uaka

    Uaka

    ★★★★★

    "More recent films such as Naked Spaces: Living Is Round and Sky (Uaká)tend less to celebrate than identify a set of alternative values, drawn from other cultures and ways of life. They do so in an equally poetic, oblique style. Sky(Uaká) offers glimpses of an annual ritual honoring the dead among the Xingu in the Brazilian Amazon but provides minimal explanation. Built almost entirely around the type of suspense utilized by Flaherty in the famous sequence of Nanook hunting a…

  • Uaka

    Uaka

    ★★★★★

    “The only explanations in the film are provided by the Indians whose voices are occasionally subtitled and carried over the image track. They describe the importance of quarup, a festival honoring Mavutsinim, a deity who enables the people of Xingu to be eternal. Early in the film, it is explained that the clouds draw figures and messages that help the people to dream of Mavutsinim.” — Catherine Russell, 1999

    “Uaká/Sky leaves us with a sense of textures, colors, and rhythms,…