Mutluluk (Bliss) Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 22, 2014
A powerful tale of two young people relying on the kindness of a disenchanted professor to escape the vendetta of a backward Turkish village. Based on a novel by one of Turkey's greatest progressive minds.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 4, 2009
A powerful and absorbing drama, built upon strong production values and heartbreakingly authentic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 10, 2009
An engrossing, tender and compelling drama boasting exquisite cinematography and a radiant performance by the beautiful Ozgu Namal.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 9, 2009
When modernity meets the Middle Ages, something's gotta give!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 8, 2009
Unlike Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Three Monkeys"), who evokes an existential element in his fascinating approach to cinema, fellow Turkish filmmaker Abdullah Oguz takes a hackneyed approach to his subject...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 7, 2009
Sadly, the story leans toward the melodramatic and the conflict is too conveniently resolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 7, 2009
A mesmerizing Turkish film about the mysteries of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 7, 2009
However streamlined, this consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
August 7, 2009
The director knows how to exploit beautiful scenery, but he fails at the most basic task of a filmmaker, which is to communicate emotion.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
August 7, 2009
Lovely, swirling cinematography and the novelist's own emotive score help gloss over stereotypes and some clunky melodrama. Realistic touches overall make it satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 6, 2009
Blessed with strong performances by Ozgu Namal and Murat Han.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
August 6, 2009
Bliss personalizes the brutal custom of honor killing. Director and co-screenwriter Abdullah Oguz has skillfully created an intense view of the conflict between tradition and emotion in contemporary Turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
August 6, 2009
Bliss is wonderful storytelling through and through. From the lyrical opening shot of a mountain's reflection piercing the sea to the closing portrait of open air, director Oguz's narrative is just as crystalline as the Aegean Sea he opulently photographs
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
August 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
August 4, 2009
Bliss creakily illustrates the clash between ancient, abhorrent custom and modernity.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 3, 2009
Rather than allowing the raw nuance of the sexual hegemony to speak for itself, the topic is enveloped in a storyline that becomes increasingly more squalid as it unspools.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
July 14, 2009
Set in an intriguing locale, based on an important novel, Bliss is the tale of diverse culture and sharp -- sometimes brutal -- conflicts. It is a voyage of coming to grips with the challenging cultural mix of tradition and modernity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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