14-year-old Hayat, no longer a child but not yet a woman, lives with her father and grandfather by the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Her father works as a fisherman but makes most of his money through shady dealings. Even more corrosive than the family’s poverty is their neglect toward Hayat.
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Beautifully shot. What films should be, a good story with real acting about some place else but you get right into it. Totally captures how shit it is to be a pretty & shy teenage girl (plus in a patriarchal country, with selfish parents etc).
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.
Of those songs on life and love, in which loneliness and sadness are counterbalanced by the good things of life, the girl is only able to mumble pieces, as if
unable to articulate them.
It is a depressive drama, and not an original one.
The girl is simply slapped from every side by the world, sometimes only for the sake of building the mood. The finale feels odd and forced, weak.
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 teen aged girl live in an environment unsuitable for her and sadly she adapts to it. She can solely rely on herself and that disables 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 necessary.