Actress and writer Ayca falls in love with actor Hama Ali, famous for his performance as Iraq’s version of Superman, while filming just before the outbreak of the Iraq War. The lovers are forced to separate but vow to be reunited.
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Fantastic film!!!!!!!! I am confused by the ending. Did Ayca and Hama get together? The end seemed to suggest he was shot at crossing the border and just leaves us there hanging. Please tell me as I am dying to know!!!!!
Inventive and impassioned micro-budget Kurdish/Turkish new wave / festival hit. See my interview with director Huseyin Karabey. http://microwave.filmlondon.org.uk/get_the_news/smashing_borders_the_turkish_new_wave
Lackluster, amateurish production based on the real life relationship between a young Turkish actress and an older Kurdish 'B' movie actor who is trapped in Iraq as the war breaks out. Hard to fault someone playing themselves but one has a hard time feeling any empathy for this young woman who places her own vision of acceptance before all else including the effects of war. One wonders how earnest his love was.
This is an unexpected version of the 9/11 post period story. You get a glance of the differences between Turkey, Iraq and Iran. It's also interesting to see how the war affected the regular population of those countries. The movie also registers the singularities of these cultures, like music, clothing, cars, ethnicity and, of course, religion.
Beautiful cinematic exploration of the man-made obstacles and institutions that divide people. I think everything really anchors off Ayca's statement towards the beginning:"We are like gypsies, aren't we? As long as we're with our loved ones, I would live anywhere." Our hearts cannot see borders, feel cultural differences, or hear different languages.