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141 Ratings

The Cut

Directed by Fatih Akin
Germany, France, 2014


In 1915, a man survives the Armenian genocide, but loses his family and faith. When he learns his twin daughters may be alive, he embarks on a quest to find them. The final installment in Fatih Akin’s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy.

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The Cut Directed by Fatih Akin

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention: Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award



German Film Awards

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Costume Design (Gold)

Throughout these scenes, Akin adopts a somewhat removed, almost aestheticized style. It’s not that he keeps a physical distance, or turns his camera away; indeed, he punctuates the sister-in-law’s death with a startling close-up. But the spare landscape, the muted delivery, the protagonist’s forced silence, and the picture-book compositions all lend the film a fable-like atmosphere.
September 20, 2015
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Great care is taken with the panoramic vistas of Turkish badlands and richly detailed interiors, the searchingly cyclical motif of the score and the portrayal of the wearying, touch-and-go ordeals of encountering friends and enemies on the road. But there’s a recurring — and frankly mystifying — shortfall when it comes to the screenplay, by Mr. Akin and Mardik Martin. Too many scenes feel routine or clichéd, sometimes even those depicting extreme experiences.
September 17, 2015
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Various narrative challenges are posed by such a story, but Akin’s commitment to classical narrative structure precedes a desire to engage with such untidiness. For him, all that’s needed is a single cut to take the story and its central character from Lebanon to Havana, or from 1918 to 1921. Akin’s willingness to sacrifice the contextual complications inherent in The Cut’s temporal and geographical shifts makes rather lightweight a drama that has much to gain from a sense of toil and duration.
September 14, 2015
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