Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family decides to sell its sheep – a most precious commodity – in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be paid to petty officials, sheep are stolen or die in the packed, airless wagons, and the sick wife.
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Another stunning rural drama from Turkey's foremost ensemble of directors/screenwriters. Tremendous in its depiction of nomadic life caught in the pincers of traditional mores and of urban alienation, this is class-conscious cinema of the first order, free of sentimentality, lyrical and powerfully universal in its message. Bandits, corruption, brutal patriarchs lead a desperate hero straight into the urban herd.
I like the film but the subtitling lets it down. Some subtitles are missing altogether, some are on screen for too short a time, some are in poor English and many are on screen at the wrong moment - i.e. either before or after but not while the words are actually spoken aloud.