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Times and Winds (Bes vakit)

Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 5

Lilting and meditative, Reha Erdem's story of three adolescents in rural Turkey captivates with intimate details and long takes of the endless countryside.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3

Lilting and meditative, Reha Erdem's story of three adolescents in rural Turkey captivates with intimate details and long takes of the endless countryside.



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Islamic faith holds that prayer uttered five times every day brings man face to face with his five "phases," or states of mind resulting from the tension of workaday life: fear and desire, love and grudge, faith and pain, screams and sobbing and passion and hate. Since every encounter in Islamic life is said to create new pain--whether that of growing up, growing old or merely getting by--then prayer is the panacea for the inevitable tragedy that is life. In Turkish director Reha Erdem's



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It's a work of singular beauty.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Erdem's script and his young cast do a fine job of recalling the years between carefree childhood (embodied by Omer's brother, the precocious and adorable Ali) and adult power and duties.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Buried in leaves or hugging the rocks, they could be in ecstatic communion or fusing with the natural world. More likely, Erdem's marvellous film sees them as bridging the divide between heaven and earth.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though modestly plotted and deliberately paced, Times and Winds is a hypnotic look at life in a remote village on Turkey's northwest coast.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Subtly unsettling yet fascinating.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A blunt look at how anger binds generations.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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As Arvo Pärt's orchestration runs ponderously through the film, so the consequences of cyclical violence weigh heavily on Erdem's mind. But his vision is not without hope.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmwell

An earthy, cruelly honest dream-wander through the physical and emotional awakenings of three young teenagers whose lives are shaped and constrained by the rural rhythms of their remote mountain village.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

in a film both as banal, and as miraculous, as the endlessly repeating metamorphoses that it portrays, time does not so much heal old wounds as reopen them in new bodies - and the result is a vision that sets human progress against eternal return.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Too surreal and symbolic to fully connect with mainstream cinema audiences, but lovers of challenging festival films will be captivated

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Though painfully slow to ignite and poetically portentous on occasions, Reha Erdem's film about three children growing up in a remote Anatolian village, isolated by high mountains, has an impressive edge to it.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The film is concerned with observing the passage of time, the change in the light, the immemorial contours of the landscape, and, in one shot, a very touching pieta of a boy and his new baby sibling. Compelling stuff if you can stay with it.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent

We've seen this kind of picturesque rural drama before, but director Reha Erdem still hews a rich poetry from the material. The story's elegantly structured around the five daily calls-to-prayer given from a parapet with stunning views.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Difficult, frustrating, but engrossing and ultimately enriching, make time to see it.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

But it's Erdem's unsentimental compassion towards his characters, his fidelity to the rhythms of their lives and the arcs of their imaginations, that gives this film its wondrous power and depth.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Times and Winds is a remarkable piece of work, conceived at the highest pitch of intelligence: it is a cinematic poem, replete with fear and rapture, and one of the best films of the year.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

It is, at a guess, about life's relentless march, about death, rebirth, and the hollow limits of religion in the face of overwhelming nature. You have to see it to get it, but when you've got it you've got it for good.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A lyrical yet unsentimental vision of childhood, directed with striking assurance by Erdem.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A toughly touching insight into the pain of growing up.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Everything in Times and Winds glides by like a dream. Or perhaps, the dreamlike tone reminds us that we'll never know such hardship.

August 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Leisurely paced and beautifully lensed, yet reveals hard truths about human frailty in the face of social and familial ills.

June 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Deriving its power and poignancy in small doses rather than from any false sense of drama, this contemplative and quiet look at an accomplished piece of arthouse cinema.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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