A film of admirable confidence and tonal balance, it bears on a tragic conflict, yet manages to forge some sort of 'reconciliation' effortlessly and truthfully. Esmer has a refined sense for color and the shots (both interior and of the beautiful landscape) are cinematically attractive and evocative. Finely acted it succeeds in turning the watchtower into a space for self-observation versus incestuous traditions.
Beautiful, majestic scenery where the lives of two people with tragic past cross. The film is slow paced, dark, evoking the sense of inability to escape the past. It exposes how sometimes it's near impossible to help someone, "repair" a mistake, to simply "put things right". Intense, quiet atmosphere and powerful performances. The argument scene felt strangely either overdone or not pushed enough, but that ending...
One thing strikes the eye since the beginning, this movie is beautifully shot. But the real heart of the film is on the strong characters and the direct and painful truth it's trying to tell. I absolutely loved the baby washing scene, definitely a highlight of the film.
This film shows life as it (sometimes) is, no fake stories. It feels real and although I do not understand a word Turkish, I find myself trying to learn that language throughout the entire film (even when using English subtitles). Just because I care for the people in it. They seem real and that is what a good film does. Very well done, people! I am glad that my curiosity led me to this marble in film-making.
Beautiful landscapes and solid acting. But why films that compete in international festivals (here the TIFF) always have to be as gloomy as possible, is it a criteria to enter ? To appear more social and to question our world ? This was a bit over-the-top (even if i was emotional at some point) and the end is not satisfying to me even if we avoid a too obvious love story. Capable but we have seen this already.
Zwei verlorene Seelen bewachen den Wald und schützen ihn vor Feuer. Vielleicht kann nur dort, in der Einsamkeit, etwas in dieser Intensität zwischen Menschen geschehen. Und als es zwishen den beiden Schweigsamen eskaliert, eskaliert es auch in der Natur. Der Ausgang ist, wie immer, ungewiß. Ein wunderschöner Film über das Drama des Lebens und des Todes.
Perhaps it was the description, but I was expecting something else. The dark terrible "secret" unfolds in the middle. I would call it a movie about a lonely man and a woman raped by her uncle. There are no "secrets" and the fact that the lonely man killed his wife and his kid in an accident is for the movie development I believe.
Much interested me. However, the culminating scene where the main characters argue about conscience and the human responsibility seems either too much or not enough... One might say: these characters are just regular people and to force an indepth philosophical discussion might be jarring. But I think it needed more thought, that is all. Also, Eros by Hara has the only birth scene I can tolerate in a film (oy!).