Fourteen-year-old Hayat lives with her father and bedridden grandfather in a shack next to the dark, beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Neglected by her parents, Hayat crosses the threshold into puberty and has to confront the drought of real love and the brutality in her life on the margins.
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stunning film, one of the best uses of the sea in cinema i have seen, its also good to see a film maker combine such cinematography with the varied locations of Turkey. A skillful balance of bleakness with black humour, with well chosen Turkish songs, whose lyrics add a poetic backdrop to the story.
Such a precious film - we care for Hayat through every step of her journey from having to deal with the harsh realities of adult (Istanbulian) responsibilities forced upon her young mind, to her own pubescent changes that she must deal with. Her silence speaks loudest.
freezing. it takes something to imply things so terrible,that u shrink in premonition,as if u walk on a rope 200feet above the ground. this film stirs misfortune out of pure statistics. at some point i got the impression she was trading her body for biscuits &chocolate.a good exercise in empathy for those who tend to be too coldly logical about people's miscarried biographies.and again that haunting child-drop scene.
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