Three Turkish children grow up in a small village. Omer is the son of the local Imam, a sickly man who Omer wishes would die. Yakup is obsessed with his teacher. Yildiz has trouble balancing the demands of school with household duty to her baby brother. A beautiful looking, atmospheric that probably bites off too much by trying to follow three major characters.
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
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.
Very beautiful and humane, but each of the characters seems to deserve more time than she or he gets - as perhaps Erdem realised when he went on to the more focused, less arty, but equally beautiful Hayat Var (2008). But the sense of space and topography in this film, especially within the village, is amazing.
A gorgeous cinematic experience from director Reha Erdem, unlike anything else in his portfolio to date. Shot in widescreen with rich cinematography shy on story but not on recognizable experience. The tale follows three pre-teens experiencing quite universal feelings towards their respective families and one another. Three child leads are all great especially Elit Iscan who would go on to star in Erdem's next.
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.
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.