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This is a marginally watchable movie. It is set in contemporary, rural Turkey. The story is very simple. The is very little dialogue. There is a young single woman. There are allegations of incest. There is a loner, apparently single man who takes a job in a forest watchtower. There are many long scenes of him working around his tower home base. We also see him staring out over the surrounding vast, forest, wilderness. Not much is going on here. A young woman takes a job as a bus service hostess in a nearby small rural village/town. Events unfold. The two major characters find themselves living at least temporarily in the watchtower. There is conflict and some resolution. The only performance of note is the young woman, Seher (Nilay Erdonmez). She gives a credible performance. She is quite good. The movie chugs along. Then, rather abruptly, it is over. The future lives of the characters are left hanging. The audience is left to draw its own conclusions. This is just an OK movie. I cannot recommend it.
There are rare films which capture the beauty of nature along with a riveting story. Watchtower is like Kuroazawa's Dersu Uzala, it carries along two plots which you know, and somehow suspect how, will merge and when they do it is because two very simple and victimized people are forced together to only do what they think is right. A woman is watched giving birth in the most ignoble of circumstances and she does what is only right to her, the man who protects her, whose family was taken away from him by his own carelessness, does what he thinks is right in tracking down the child and bringing it back to the mother. She curses him, they are left ambiguously in a family unit as the movie suddenly ends. The cinematography is phenomenal, the action is often is interrupted by the patter and calls of forest rangers, the film contrasts a tawdry life below at the bus station, the more spiritual life up on the watchtower. This is a film you cannot forget.
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