One star for the good characters and Hayat's evolution from child to woman; another one for the effort and the stunning visual stimulants. However, it lacks everything else, specially actions, which is ironic because the whole movie is episodic and a lot happens - but without a purpose. There's also this kind of exaggerated concern in leaving stuff implied instead of delivering it, and it doesn't work when overused.
No se que es mas conmovedor; si el mundo misogino en que se desarrolla la pequeña protagonista con su canto desgarrador, o la angustiosa aparicion del abuelo que se consume en un efisema pulmonar y que urge se muera para liberarnos. Magnifica pelicula. Cruda, realista, conmovedora. Los vicios de la humanidad aprisionan a una niña y la estrujan hasta la medula. Maravillosa fotografia
Very off-beat movie and very powerful even without a lot of dialogue. We get to see a teenaged girl live in an environment unsuitable for her and sadly she adapts to it. She can solely rely on herself and that unables her to experience her life as the kid she still is. The end was uplifting though. Classy movie and a great performance by the main cast, maybe a little longer than neccesary.
I couldn't make it all the way through this. The sexual abuse plus the grandfather's horrific coughing were too much for me. After a few days I forced myself to watch the end and thought - really? This film is so much about how Hayat is devalued as a girl, and then she finds salvation in... a man.
I quite enjoyed the use of sound and it's beautifully shot. The solution to endless the suffering was seemingly to become more like the people who neglected and mistreated her. That said for the most part my sympathy was with her except for the repeated tormenting of the bird - I can't quite figure out if that was playful or animal cruelty. I'm not sure I liked it but I'm glad I watched it.
Misery memorial of the highest order, I barely made it to the end, there is only so much child abuse I can find entertaining. However, as a slice of gecekondu life, it has its fascinations, and there are numerous cinematographic flourishes which go some way to compensate. But it's touch and go.
One of the worst films I have seen in a long time. I forced myself to the end just to see if it was to get any better, but sadly it did not. I was very bored. I wasn't rooting for any of the characters, least of all the girl who got her kicks out of torturing an animal and then seemingly allowing her sick Grandad to die while she went off on a jolly with her new friend. What a weird film. Give it a miss.
An intimate tale of a young human being's coming into being. Set within the the poverty-stricken backdrop of Istanbul's docklands, our shy protagonist is both battle-hardened and intensely vulnerable as she strives to come to terms with the dark realities of her world to be.
There is a blatant contradiction between the stylish cinematography and the brutality of the story. Erdem is keen to please the senses and shock our morbid minds in equal measure. The tragedy lacks authenticity and feels staged and gratuitous. A sweet cute young actress goes a long way but her role is painfully one-dimensional. There is so much here to dislike profoundly and little to appreciate just superficially.
An intricate and powerful film-dominated by sunshine, from the beautiful sunset contrasting against isolation of Hayat or the broken sunshine reflected on the Bosphorus, mirroring her broken spirit. The beautiful cinematography contrasts the dark storyline, the dialogue is sparse in a world full of pain yet punctuated by intermittent flashes of light. A haunting account of a young girls coming of age in a harsh world