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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
Mar 25, 2011 Limited
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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.
A thoughtful and intelligent film, and should appeal to adventurous souls.
Like the viewer, Mr. Kaplanoglu is quite happy to let nature do the talking and cast a lyrical, mysterious spell.
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.
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.
Beautiful images and a poetic sense of yearning are the virtues of this delicate tale.
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.
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.
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...
The movie's magic is all in the colour, the landscapes and the sounds - yes, Simon and Garfunkel were right - of silence.
A rewarding experience and a film full of grace, fine performances and a natural, subtle beauty.
Shot in long, fixed takes and relying on natural light and sounds, this is a beautifully photographed if emotionally muted study of lost innocence.
Replete with the artistic style of recent Middle Eastern art house cinema but lacking the substance to truly engage the viewer.
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.
A gorgeously shot, deeply interior portrait of the artist as a young introvert.
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.
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