The pain of growing up, as seen by three Turkish youths: Ömer, the son of the local imam, who wishes the death of his father; his best friend, Yakup, who’s enamored with the village schoolteacher; and Yildiz, who is forced to balance her studies with the needs of her demanding mother.
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The passage of time and youth. Both beautiful and fascinating to watch. A film which feels authentic and authoritative in its study of rural life in Turkey. Stunning scenery with assured performances, especially by the children. Arvo Pärt's haunting score so typically adds emotion and depth. I didn't want to leave.
Erdem's use of non-diegetic music is masterful, one of those rare occasions where the sound design wholeheartedly enriches the image. A mesmerizing portrayal of turkish culture in a secluded village - the norms and standards in family life, religion and society. One can learn so much from this, it is as meaningful as it is beautiful. The interaction between nature and the children is enchanting and a key element.
With a powerful sound design, breathtaking shots of the Turkish night, and endearing performances specifically by the child actors, this is a very compelling film despite not being particularly plot-driven.
a movie that makes you think about life, childhood and morality after watching. in spite of the pureness and tranquility, this movie is breath taking and gripping with all of its atmosphere and soundtracks which is composed by Arvo Part, another great topic to talk...