Critic Reviews for Honey
Filming in long, meticulously sculpted takes, Kaplanoglu is especially good at emphasising elements within the frame with inventive use of focus and the positioning of the camera.
A thoughtful and intelligent film, and should appeal to adventurous souls.
Like the viewer, Mr. Kaplanoglu is quite happy to let nature do the talking and cast a lyrical, mysterious spell.
The tight framing of Kaplanoglu's fixed-camera tableaux and the film's almost supernatural colors lend the scenes a glimmer of deadpan wit, as if they've been intensified and distorted by the prism of memory.
Though this graceful film is a minor addition to the canon of Middle Eastern cinema in which nothing and everything happens, Bal is still a beauty.
Audience Reviews for Honey
It's son-father-religion triangle that is narrated in best possible way.The beautiful ending turned this small movie to a masterpiece . Didn't expect such a great movie from turkey's cinema. Honey alongside Distant is one of the movies that define turkish cinema in current century.
The film can be felt through the expressive eyes of this amazing boy actor from Turkey, without whom the whole experience would be indifferent.
This Turkish movie BAL, stood out for its amazing landscape, where it was filmed, somewhere in the Turkish mountains, close to the Black Sea. It was a very slow paced movie, showing the little boy Yusuf, who suffered from severe stuttering, but had a close tie with his father and only with him he whispered and talked.Director Semih Kaplanoglu put more emphasis on the images,telling the story without much dialogue. Here the acting and the facial expressions were important, the music was minimum, even so the movie created a suspense, made the viewer wonder,what shall become of Yusuf? And we would find it out at the end. Turkish child actor Bora Altas who played Yusuf did this amazingly well and showed many heart warming scenes.Hope it will be in the nominations for Best Foreign movies at the Oscars.
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