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  • Summary: Araya lacks a conventional narrative. It is not a documentary. It is not a fictional film. It is a poetic suite that the director sculpts into a love story for a place, a culture and a time that has since been forever lost. (Milestone Films)

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  1. It's a strange, one-of-a-kind film that was to be Benacarraf's only full-length feature.
  2. 88
    This astonishing documentary, so beautiful, so horrifying.
  3. 80
    The movie’s b&w images of craggy landscapes and shirtless young men have never looked more vibrant.
  4. 75
    As a piece of documentary filmmaking though, Araya is more noteworthy for what it reveals about a changing artform than for what it has to say about its subjects.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    70
    Another stunningly photographed document of a singular culture.
  6. This meticulous restoration dazzles with crisp, formally rigorous black-and-white images and a complex sound mix, as its minimalist story of three families of manual laborers unfolds against a harsh, barren peninsula.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    40
    Whatever visual poetry the film possesses is overwhelmed by the thuddingly bad and nearly ceaseless narration, written by Ms. Benacerraf and Pierre Seghers.

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