In the heart of Istanbul's prison, Zakir controls the letters prisoners receive. His average day is spent between the censorship office, his colleagues and his evening writing class. For a ...
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In the heart of Istanbul's prison, Zakir controls the letters prisoners receive. His average day is spent between the censorship office, his colleagues and his evening writing class. For a writing assignment, he steals a photo from one of the letters, in which appears Selma, an inmate's wife. More than an inspiration, she becomes an obsession for Zakir. He observes her, makes up stories, and imagines the worst to the extent that he puts himself at great risk.Written by
Impressive debut film, built on an amazing screenplay with very credible performances
A remarkable debut film by Serhat Kara-aslan that opened the International Film Festival of Kerala. The synopsis did not impress me, but the film did. The screenplay raised the film above mediocrity, almost reminding one of Francois Ozon films where the screenplay and creative writing (within the film) are interlinked. The performances of the main characters are credible -- but director Semih Kaplanoglu's discovery, the actress Saadet Aksoy, whom he used in two of his Yusuf trilogy films, "Milk" and "Egg" is stunning in "Passed by Censor" in the rather short screen time. It is to the credit of the screenplay writers that the altercation in the prison conjugal room is left for the viewer to figure out or "conjecture"--a term used and discussed within the film. Morally, is the censor a pervert or is he a Hercule Poirot, writing his first novel, using a real scenario (the Ozon parallel)? What the film unfortunately underscores is the all pervasive male-dominated Turkish society, even when the women are obviously educated..
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