Whatever we mean by “perfect” when describing a work of art, “My Name is Salt” reaches for it. It’s about a perfectionist—the exacting patriarch of an Indian family that spends eight months a year producing truckloads of salt for market—made, apparently, by a perfectionist; director Farida Pacha gathers her footage into a magnetic flow of images and sounds. Visual economy, verite fidelity and found poetry; balanced like the stack of supplies the salt master’s wife carries on her head, hands free.

Steven Boone

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