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50 Ratings

The Album


Directed by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
Turkey, France, 2016


A married couple, approaching forty, staged in a photo album a false pregnancy to conceal his entourage they adopt a child.

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The Album Directed by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

Critics reviews

The film’s deadpan humor adds real tension to several uncomfortable moments, many of them involving Cüneyt and Bahar lying to self-serving bureaucrats in order to maintain their secret. The result is a kind of comedic nightmare, as the state apparatus, while made up of civil servants who are more inept than sinister, forces everyone in the film into a series of increasingly convoluted falsehoods and relationships based wholly on mutual deception.
March 14, 2017
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In his diligently stylized debut feature, Mehmet Can Mertoglu follows a middle-class urban couple who furtively adopt a child and go through the often uncouth paces of their lives. Mertoglu frequently uses deep staging and square framing that tend to keep the couple, and the friends and cops they encounter, at a certain comic, even cartoonish distance; sharply defined sound pops out of the screen whenever they laugh or bicker or slurp up food.
May 19, 2016
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