One of Güney's very best films, this bucolic tale captures with admirable authenticity and conviction the hardships of a poor family, the chimerical hopes and the prejudiced, irrational universe that surrounds their quest for a burried treasure. Like all good folk parables the real treasure lies in the journey itself, depicted here against a sparse and unwelcoming countryside. The final sequence is engrossing!
After you watch this "rich" film, you'll be convinced that majority of "Yesilcam" is soap-opera. The bazaar scenes reminds you Ladri di biciclette. Wide street scenes reminds you french film-noir. There are lots of inspirations in the film, but it has an originality completely.
A moving analysis of poverty. It depics what it may cause. Güney shows his thoughts on ideologies. Everyone here is disappointed with their lives, children think it's the way it has to be and deviance inevitably deepens. The adults do nothing to change it except to believe in luck or magic. But they should know it already: hope is not enough. The striking ending of this movie shows it well.
A horse cab driver barely making a living for his family is thrown into despair when he loses the ability to continue his trade. He is then talked into a quest for buried treasure by a friend and a so-called mystic and the feelings of hope he once put into lottery tickets are drawn to an even more elusive prosperity. Turkish neo-realism that though a tad overlong delivers a good punch to the senses.