The Road depicts the story of five friends, convicts in the Imralı Prison, and their experiences during their week-long leave to spend a religious holiday with their families, granted via special permission for good conduct.
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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.
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.
35mm (deteriorating). Inmates in a prison are sent out on leave, but Turkey is one massive prison (for women in particular). "One of the films in recent years that have touched me so deeply..." - Herzog, after memory. "TV asthethetics." - My friend. I agree. Moving, but if it's TV like it's not necessarily a bad thing. 3+
Being busy while seeing it, made it kinda impossible for me to difference characters who all look alike but I'm still impressed. I will rewatch it some day for sure - but still. It is really great, moving and sad. Kudos for Yilmaz!