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The White Angel (2007)

Beyaz Melek (original title)
Mala Ahmet, the old leader of a Turkish tribe is suffering from cancer. While running away from the compulsory chemotherapy in the hospital he suddenly finds himself in a nursery home where... See full summary »

Director:

Mahsun Kirmizigül
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Aziz Acar ... (voice)
Cansu Aktay ... Buse
Sarp Apak ... Resat
Zabit Arslan Zabit Arslan ... Tahsin
Fadik Sevin Atasoy ... Hatice
Cezmi Baskin ... Sabri
Lale Belkis ... Nebahat
Yavuz Bingöl ... Hidir (as Yavuz Bingol)
Hüseyin Avni Danyal ... Selim
Nursim Demir ... Kader
Erol Demiröz ... Ilhan
Pinar Ertüre Pinar Ertüre
Erol Günaydin ... Vahit
Arif Erkin Güzelbeyoglu ... Mala Ahmet (as Arif Erkin)
Salih Kalyon ... Haci
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Storyline

Mala Ahmet, the old leader of a Turkish tribe is suffering from cancer. While running away from the compulsory chemotherapy in the hospital he suddenly finds himself in a nursery home where he is confronted with a different but cruel culture of life: The old people are left alone to their destiny while they wait for their death to come, whereas old people of his own village in the south-east, are treated with utmost care and tenderness by their relatives.

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Drama

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyaz Melek - Weisser Engel See more »

Filming Locations:

Adapazari, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,525,709
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Company Credits

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Boyut Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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An overly sentimental melodrama that brings the arabesque aesthetic to the big screen...
25 October 2010 | by cgyfordSee all my reviews

Popular Turkish arabesque singer-songwriter and sometime T.V. actor Mahsun Kırmızıgül ("Aşka Sürgün" & "Zalım") made his directorial debut with this sceptically received melodrama which picked up the Remi Award for Best Foreign Film at the 41st WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

Ali (Mahsun Kırmızıgül) and Reşat (Sarp Apak) bring their ailing father Ahmet (Arif Erkin) for treatment to Istanbul where they encounter the titular Melek (Yıldız Kenter) and the other wacky residents of an old people's home for a east-west culture clash which highlights the emptiness of Western values.

The ethereal and somewhat overly theatrical Yıldız Kenter heads up an all-star cast of veteran Turkish character actors which includes a powerful performance from Arif Erkin, a suppressed comic turn from Nejat Uygur and the ever present Erol Günaydın, while Mahsun Kırmızıgül and Sarp Apak remain in the background.

The debut director was not warmly welcomed by the Turkish film critics who viewed his star-laden debut vehicle as little more than a commercial enterprise but despite the unintentionally hilarious excess of sentimentality also present in his musical output he has managed to craft an acceptable first film with the promise of greater things to come.

"And did you know that there are angels in every raindrop that falls from the sky?"


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