Honey (2011)

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Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his father works sometimes higher than the eye can clearly see. His father Yakup is a beekeeper who hangs his specially made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches to gather honey. Yusuf and Yakup have a very strong bond. Yusuf is excited to share a dream with his father. Instructed by Yakup, the young boy whispers it and no one else can ever know the secret that father and son now share. Yusuf's stutter shames him in front of his classmates during an oral reading assignment. Being an outsider makes this year of elementary school even more difficult. Yusuf desperately longs for the teacher's congratulatory badge awarded for successfully reading out loud. He frets that he'll be the only pupil left empty-handed. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. With his family's livelihood endangered by the progressive disappearance of bees, Yakup has no choice but to hang his hives in a remote and treacherous mountainous area. His father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. She decides to send Yusuf to his grandmother's to spend the Holy Night of Miraj. Hearing the story of the Ascension of the Prophet inspires Yusuf to believe that his father will be returning soon. But not even a day at the colorful fog festival on Sis Mountain can fully cheer up the worried young Yusuf. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder everyday. Yusuf summons all of his courage and runs deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown... -- (C) Olive Films
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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Olive Films

Critic Reviews for Honey

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Time Out
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A thoughtful and intelligent film, and should appeal to adventurous souls.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Like the viewer, Mr. Kaplanoglu is quite happy to let nature do the talking and cast a lyrical, mysterious spell.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

As I was watching it, I had a bit of time to reflect on the elements that seem to guarantee film festival success... The less the characters talk, the better. Movies about articulate people just don't seem as profound.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016
Jerusalem Post

Audience Reviews for Honey

½

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.

Reza Mohseni
Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer

½

The film can be felt through the expressive eyes of this amazing boy actor from Turkey, without whom the whole experience would be indifferent.

Nicolas Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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