Each time a sequence approaches cinematic life, it's flattened by the appearance of a thesis.
A film whose political and ethnic concerns are likely to be equated -- wrongly -- with cinematic achievement.
The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives.
Güney is a firebrand of his country's intellectual left. His films -- slow, ruminative, defiantly indigenous -- smolder with an ideologue's indignation and a poet's ironic compassion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society.
| Original Score: 5/5
Güney's sympathy for his protagonists is what makes it bearable to watch.
A visually intense examination of Turkish mores and customs.
| Original Score: 3.5/4