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Honey (2011)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his father works sometimes higher than the eye can clearly see. His father Yakup is a beekeeper who hangs his specially made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

Filming in long, meticulously sculpted takes, Kaplanoglu is especially good at emphasising elements within the frame with inventive use of focus and the positioning of the camera.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A thoughtful and intelligent film, and should appeal to adventurous souls.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Like the viewer, Mr. Kaplanoglu is quite happy to let nature do the talking and cast a lyrical, mysterious spell.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The tight framing of Kaplanoglu's fixed-camera tableaux and the film's almost supernatural colors lend the scenes a glimmer of deadpan wit, as if they've been intensified and distorted by the prism of memory.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Though this graceful film is a minor addition to the canon of Middle Eastern cinema in which nothing and everything happens, Bal is still a beauty.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It all feels a little generic.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

[A] beautiful, contemplative, carefully composed movie.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Beautiful images and a poetic sense of yearning are the virtues of this delicate tale.

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Yusef's trials feel exquisitely urgent.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Some of the images Kaplanoglu finds are superb: a forest, a mountainside, a rippling, pulsing moon reflected in a pool of water. It is poetic film-making.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Beautifully shot and quietly moving, this is an engaging, if slow moving childhood drama that features the cutest child performance you'll see all year.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The rhythms of the picture are as patient and fluid as other Turkish art films might lead us to expect, but a trickle of anxiety runs through it...

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The movie's magic is all in the colour, the landscapes and the sounds - yes, Simon and Garfunkel were right - of silence.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A rewarding experience and a film full of grace, fine performances and a natural, subtle beauty.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A poignant study of passing innocence.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Shot in long, fixed takes and relying on natural light and sounds, this is a beautifully photographed if emotionally muted study of lost innocence.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Replete with the artistic style of recent Middle Eastern art house cinema but lacking the substance to truly engage the viewer.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Citybound film aestheticists will suck on their cigs and drone on about the crushing inevitability of despair and the horror of nature unbound. The rest of us think, bummer.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A gorgeously shot, deeply interior portrait of the artist as a young introvert.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A boring, frustratingly sluggish, highly elliptical experience with undeniably picturesque scenery and a sensitive performance by Bora Atlas. It would have worked much better as a short film.

March 26, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

the lively eyes of young Yusuf communicate the breathless wonder of discovery.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Honey

Bal is absolutely heartbreaking, although that really shouldn't put you off as it is one of the most beautiful films of all time. I could write at great lengths as to why this film is so good but it would be easier just to say that it is faultless. Semih Kaplanoglu is a director to look out for.
May 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

The last film of the trilogy, winner of the Golden Bear this year, tells the story of Yusuf when a sweet but shy little boy and his deep and strong relationship with his dad.

Naturalism, quietness, simplicity. Lovely.

To see: Süt and Yumurta.

December 20, 2010

Super Reviewer

The film can be felt through the expressive eyes of this amazing boy actor from Turkey, without whom the whole experience would be indifferent.
January 28, 2011

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Foreign Titles

  • Bal - Honig (DE)
  • Bal (Honey) (UK)
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