If director Asli Özge has said something about modern-day Istanbul, she's done it in fairly broad strokes that may be too far apart for the sake of a discernible narrative
| Original Score: 2/4
Despite one or two nice moments and the naturalistic tone, it's all a bit of a slog.
| Original Score: 2/5
As an oblique critique of cultural continental drift, it works better as a cinematic experiment than it does as commentary.
| Original Score: 3/5
An insightful, understated social portrait from Turkish director Asli Özge - which, in its use of real stories and mostly non-professional actors, verges on documentary.
| Original Score: 4/5
It offers a plaintive window into an unfamiliar world.
How magical a film is when the characters - never mind if they're losers - are humanised in such miniaturist detail.
Quietly, steadily, it gathers a resonance belying its slice-of-life scale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
All in all, this is a carefully modulated plea for tolerance and mutual understanding...
Like most Turkish films that reach this country, it is truthful, sad and depressing.
Raw yet respectful and tenderly observed...
Examines a burgeoning nationalism and chauvinistic attitudes to poverty, modernisation, religion and the status of women that are highly disconcerting.