Autumn (Sonbahar)

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A man struggles to come to terms with a misspent past and an uncertain future in this drama. Yusuf (Onur Saylak) is a Turkish political activist whose work with a group of revolutionaries earned him a long stay in prison. Yusuf is released after ten years when he's diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness, and returns home to the small town near the Black Sea where his mother lives. Yusuf's homecoming gets off to a rocky start when his dog doesn't recognize him, and while his mother is happy he's back, she can't offer him the emotional and spiritual comfort he needs after a decade in jail. Mikail (Serkan Keskin), a close friend of Yusuf from their school days, decides his old pal needs a vacation, and they head to Rize, a resort town by the sea shore. Mikail rents a couple of rooms at a cheap motel and rounds up a pair of hookers to entertain them, Eka (Megi Kobaladze) and Maria (Nino Lejava). Yusuf isn't in the mood for cheap sex and refuses to spend the night with Eka, but as they get to know one another, the two begin to bond and Yusuf finds a kindred spirit in a woman whose life has taken her places she never wanted to go. Sonbahar (aka Autumn) was the first feature film from writer and director Ozcan Alper. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Autumn (Sonbahar)

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  • Life's prisons, whether behind bars or outside of them, are the underlying theme in Ozcan Alper's visually gorgeous but ultimately listless Autumn.

    Mar 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Autumn (Sonbahar)

  • Jan 13, 2009
    One of the best debuts I've ever seen. Coming from a small village in Black sea, this movie uses its location perfectly. A man in his thirties, gets out of the prison after 10 years, two years earlier than the original time, because he was so sick and about to die. He was a political criminal and was kept in a special kind of cell that was and still is a big issue here in Turkey. The man goes to his village to spend the rest of his time with his old mother. And there, another character spets in, the nature of the beautiful black sea. This is a political movie and has some things to say but it says them so delicately, without rasing its voice. I loved the scene where Yusuf and his friend were walking on the coast and talking when he found about the girl that he loved before he went in got married long time ago. It was so real and much more effective than the scenes we see in mainstream drama movies. This is also a movie about love. Having so little time doesn't mean he won't love again. The director says it was like a mission for him to shoot this movie. And he probably won't be able to make a movie this good again.
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