Basri, walks every day for miles along the tracks working as a railroad watchman. His only thought is finding his missing son. 18 years ago, while the boy was at the university in Istanbul, the police took him into custody for anti-government activities. Then, he mysteriously disappeared.
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Durere frigidă emană din peisaje magnifice de natură în Turcia și figura atît de solemnă a lui Ercan Kesal ne spune despre singurătatea adîncă. Dar din cauza stîngăciei de regizorul, toate se pare că gole și pretențioase. Un muget asurzitor pe care îl face un tren răsună deșert.// 雄大な自然の風景からは凍てつく痛みが滲み、エルカン・ケサルの厳粛な表情は深い孤独を饒舌に語る。だが監督の技量の無さによって、その全てが空虚で思わせぶりなだけに見える。電車が響かせる轟音も空しく響くばかりだ。
(( @mubi staff please be aware that around 40 minutes in, and 10 minutes long, the subs get about 10-15 seconds delayed and it really affects the experience ofc. ))
Incredibly affecting to watch, one feels the heaviness of the weight this father is carrying throughout. The side story involving a woman would have worked better had we seen more of what she feels after instead of the men around her.
One of the most extraordinary films I'ver seen on unbearable grief. Ercan Kesal performance is breathtaking as it is haunting, and Uzuner is compelling. They both embodied their characters with supreme mastery. Superb minimalist cinematography. This is contemplative cinema at its best. If it wasn't for the review of Mubi viewers, I would have missed it because of faulty categorization horror, sci fi!
As if half awake, I watched a man who would not die deal with the unbearable burden of living after losing what he most loved - his wife and son. Bravura acting performance and great use of colors & composition to depict the man’s inner strength and sadness grounding him in the midst of the mostly uncaring State.