Great Güney-Gören collaboration, this social drama is marked by emotional intensity matched with a refined sense of color and composition. The Odyssey across rural Turkey is matched by state oppression, patriarchal customs and women's abuse as well by ample disillusionent. Remarkable prescient today given Turkey's Syrian-Kurdish issues it is told with bold frames in the tragic road to freedom from serfdom.
"Yol" is a perfect panaroma of Turkey for the year 1982. The misery, the pain people suffered during the state of emergency after "Coup d'état" in 1980, still continuing aspect of view of "the women" in the name of so called tradition and of course the start of endless controversy (loop) of kurdish people and turkish military forces are reflected in its most purest way.
Yol. Winner of the Palme D'or in '82 this is political cinema at its most pure. The story of five prisoners on leave and the challenges they face with their social status is just the starting off point for this incisive and compelling work. Guney wrote the film while imprisoned entrusting Goren to direct it. The films various stories reflect on honour, family, tradition but more so on Turkish society and govt.
I enjoyed watching this film on MUBI but the volume of the (Turkish) audio was rather low and the (English) subtitles are full of typographical errors (especially spaces in the middle of words) and language errors; it seems to me that either the translator was not fluent in English or the typography was again at fault. As a result the dialogue was, sadly, often difficult and occasionally impossible to understand.