Mutluluk (Bliss) (2009)

Mutluluk (Bliss)

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Three people meet under unlikely circumstances and change each other's lives in this Turkish drama from director Abdullah Oguz. When an unmarried teenage girl is believed by her family to have given up her virginity, she is ordered to be killed out of shame. But before her relative is able to complete the task, the two encounter a college professor in the midst of an existential crisis. With each of their futures held in the balance, the trio embarks on a journey together.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Zülfü Livaneli, Elif Ayan, Abdullah Oguz, Kubilay Tunçer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Runtime:
First Run Features - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Mutluluk (Bliss)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

his is just unabashed melodrama, complete with mustachioed villain and wicked stepmother and wronged heroine and rescuing hero, all tied up in a love story sweet enough to make Hollywood blush.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Globe and Mail
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While the story is a dark and difficult one, the players in this morality tale are bathed in light and lost within breathtaking landscapes thanks to director of photography Mirsad Herovic.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sadly, the story leans toward the melodramatic and the conflict is too conveniently resolved.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
New York Post
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However streamlined, this consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.

August 7, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie could use more genuinely thorny moments, like when a bikini-clad student visits the prof and his flustered fugitives. Instead, Bliss gets a cheapening thriller climax that presses the cruel family patriarch into villain duty.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Mutluluk (Bliss)

Hard subject, but easy movie to watch. Difficult to understand the 'old world' mentality regarding women....but that is the charm of the movie as I watched the main characters grow outside of the traditional protocol, and just become. It is worth 106 minutes of your life to witness the journey into their future beyond suppression, expectations, and tradition that may sometimes mask regular old evil and manipulation. Interesting movie.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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½

"Bliss" starts with the prone body of Meryem(Ozgu Namal) being discovered at the side of a lake after she has been raped and left for dead. To punish her for the dishonor she has brought to her family and village, it is decided that she must die. She almost hangs herself but decides to live to spite her evil stepmother. So, Ali Riza(Mustafa Avkiran) decides that since there are too many soldiers around, he is going to wait for his son Cemal(Murat Han) to return from military duty to take Meryem to Istanbul to do the deed.

While too broad to be considered the definitive statment on honor killings, "Bliss" is still a compelling, and beautifully filmed road movie through a land that is literally tearing itself apart. Throughout, modern times clash with traditiional values. The most important value remains that of life and Cemal who has seen more than his fair share of death in the army wants no more of it.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

An interesting story plot that follows the plight of a young woman whose life forever changes after a horrific experience while out herding sheep. She is rescued the following morning, and taken home but now harbors a dark secret. After trying to obtain the truth from his daughter, her father abides to the wishes of his trusting cousin and allows his daughter to be sentenced to 'death' at the hands of his nephew. After his arrival home, Cemal must carry out his father's wishes and reinstate the family honor. After leaving with Meryem, they travel to Istanbul and it is there that he is told to kill her. With several attempts, Cemal cannot do it and the two travel outside the city. They meet an elderly professor, and the two set sail with him along the coast. In the midst of the adventure, his father and male cousins search for the two and Cemal learns the truth of Meryem's dark secret.
Mesmerizing scenery. Özgü Namal, Talat Bulut, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran, and Emin Gursoy stars. Definitely worthy!

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Leo L

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