In a city full of unemployment, people, their troubles and lives, are they as mundane, haphazard and tiny as myriadly dispersed particles? What about Zeynep, clinged onto life with her ...
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Mertkan has a simple life in Istanbul: 'working' as an office-boy in his dad's construction company, hanging out with his male friends in malls and discos, cruising with his dad's 4-wheel ... See full summary »
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A man and a woman seeking refuge from the world: Nihat at a remote forest fire tower, Seher in her room at a rural bus station. When their lives collide, each now has to fight their battle of conscience before the other.
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Nesrin and Hatun are two Kurdish cleaning women living in Istanbul. While Nesrin tries to survive with her little daughter, trying to understand why her husband left her, Hatun dreams of buying a house in the district where they clean.
When some people from the other side of the mountain invade the territory of a farming family, the family head tries to unite the family and fight back. But then problems within the family start to appear as well.
In a city full of unemployment, people, their troubles and lives, are they as mundane, haphazard and tiny as myriadly dispersed particles? What about Zeynep, clinged onto life with her little daughter and mother, how much space does she cover up in this immense Universe? Written by
This was my first movie out of Turkey and going in I was completely unfamiliar with the Turkish culture. If this movie is representative of the current conditions in Turkey, it is very saddening and scary. With the current financial fears in my own country at the moment I can see how America could end up dealing with these same issues in the future. The main actor in this movie is absolutely brilliant and believable as a single Turkish mother struggling to not just make ends meet for her family, but to survive a world where seemingly everything is a potential threat. She moves through the locations in this movie with the strength and determination of a soldier in a war movie. And despite the lack of explosions this movie has as much suspense and danger as any action flick. In the end I loved the movie and was left craving more. At the same time I felt as if I wouldn't be able to handle any more. There is hope and tragedy. There is the beautiful storytelling technique of showing and not telling. There are twists for those who like that. All in all I suggest every man and woman see this movie as it is what movies are all about.
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