Film Review: Cielo

by Alison McAlpine
reviewed by Bilge Ebiri
Cielo film poster

Alison McAlpine’s visually ravishing documentary takes us to the Atacama Desert in Chile, where various scientists and oddball locals contemplate the immense, crystal-clear night sky. Although her film clocks in at a brisk 78 minutes, McAlpine attempts an admirable thoroughness: We see time-lapse images of the sky; we experience homemade special effects shots that depict astronomical phenomena; we hear researchers offer up scientific observations; we follow some of the impoverished residents of this remote region as they go about their days; and we even get occasional bursts of poetry, read by the director herself.

Still from Cielo
Courtesy Film Forum

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