Kuma Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 3, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 23, 2013
The results are as intriguing as the subject is vexing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
August 22, 2013
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 18, 2013
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.
Guy Lodge
This is London
August 16, 2013
It's soap, but finely scented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 16, 2013
Kuma grows increasingly compelling as the complexity of the relationships become more apparent and we learn what is at stake for everyone.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 16, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 15, 2013
A potent film ... about how families nurture dysfunction behind their self-created barricades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
August 15, 2013
It does have some real drama: death, infidelity with a libidinous young grocer, repressed homosexuality, and a genuine seam of sadness running through things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 15, 2013
The film surmounts its limitations mainly through performance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 13, 2013
The true-life subject matter makes for chewy drama while also exploring the issue of women's rights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 12, 2013
The drama simmers gently, as Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag handles his debut feature with assurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 12, 2013
A confident, vigorously acted debut, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive 'family values'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joseph Walsh
Little White Lies
August 15, 2013
Lacks a structure that serves the narrative to the level it deserves, but Dag is certainly one to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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