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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my aunt had very same peacock tapestry on the wall in her house like yakup´s family has (aka how turkish interior design influenced serbian, part 129)//music turns to wind and wind turns to mucis and they live together and become same and carry us patiently to uncomfortable moon, to sleep on the stone, to wake up on the stone, with tears not yet wiped off
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.
Beautiful music and cinematography. Nature is prevalent. Life is tough for these young teens in small mountain village life amidst repeating cycles of familial abuse and births and deaths. The director seems to want to show that life's hardships can be surmounted through love and through the beauty of nature. Wonderful film.
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.