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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Slightly interesting but definitely flawed. The vast journey of the main character makes it seem like it is based on a true story but it doesn't seem to claim to be based on any specific story. Either way it feels wrong to not give a great review of a film about such a momentous event but it fell short of my expectations. At times it was beautiful and harrowing but also, much more, it felt like a b movie drama.
A fairly standard, but still impressive, tale of a man surviving brutal wartime and subsequently trying to find his family again. Solid performances, moments that show horrors without feeling gratuitous, and great work from writer-director Fatih Akin.
There are so many Armenian stories to tell, and any which help people to recognise the genocide are to be welcomed. Inevitably this picaresque drama feels rather contrived, but evokes powerful emotions nonetheless.
English speaking Armenians, Turkish speaking thugs, stunning photography for a disappointing set of plot points. From the guy who made head-on, one of my favourite films of all time, a great disappointment.