The premise of this sensitive drama is so chilling that it's not easy to watch. But events unfold in such a naturalistic way that we are drawn in emotionally.
| Original Score: 4/5
The results are as intriguing as the subject is vexing.
The most forceful moments amount to wordless transmissions of pain or longing across dinner tables or supermarket counters. Tuned in to Kuma's wavelength, we feel privileged to pick them up.
The plot is a dramatic, or melodramatic, way of revealing the turbulent passions and prejudices beneath the surface of homophobia, patriarchy, matriarchy and resistance to change.
It's soap, but finely scented.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kuma grows increasingly compelling as the complexity of the relationships become more apparent and we learn what is at stake for everyone.
A sensitive drama about a hidden subculture, this film is sometimes difficult to watch as its naturalistic approach reveals chilling details about a Turkish family living in Austria.
A potent film ... about how families nurture dysfunction behind their self-created barricades.
An engaging and touching drama about a young Turkish bride who moves to Austria as a second wife in a family who struggle to deal with her presence.
Lacks a structure that serves the narrative to the level it deserves, but Dag is certainly one to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
It does have some real drama: death, infidelity with a libidinous young grocer, repressed homosexuality, and a genuine seam of sadness running through things.
The film surmounts its limitations mainly through performance ...
The true-life subject matter makes for chewy drama while also exploring the issue of women's rights.
The drama simmers gently, as Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag handles his debut feature with assurance.
A confident, vigorously acted debut, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive 'family values'.