Kuma Reviews

August 14, 2020
There are some excellent performances, especially by Koldas and Akkaya, smart camera solutions (by Carsten Thiele), as well as tight scriptwriting (by Dag and Petra Ladinigg), and an ending that hits like a hammer.
August 12, 2019
Kuma is one of those delightful films that draws you in and fascinates, while showcasing an excellent find in Akkaya.
March 2, 2019
Bolstered by a predictably chilling finale, Dağ has delivered a film equidistant between modesty and hostility.
September 5, 2018
Tells a supremely clever and involving story. Which is also moving.
September 5, 2017
This is nicely accomplished migrant melodrama from debuting Kurdish-Austrian film-maker Umut Dağ, realised with humanity and tremendously touching performances (particularly from the women).
September 3, 2013
The premise of this sensitive drama is so chilling that it's not easy to watch. But events unfold in such a naturalistic way that we are drawn in emotionally.
August 23, 2013
The results are as intriguing as the subject is vexing.
August 22, 2013
The most forceful moments amount to wordless transmissions of pain or longing across dinner tables or supermarket counters. Tuned in to Kuma's wavelength, we feel privileged to pick them up.
August 18, 2013
The plot is a dramatic, or melodramatic, way of revealing the turbulent passions and prejudices beneath the surface of homophobia, patriarchy, matriarchy and resistance to change.
August 16, 2013
It's soap, but finely scented.
August 16, 2013
Kuma grows increasingly compelling as the complexity of the relationships become more apparent and we learn what is at stake for everyone.
August 16, 2013
A sensitive drama about a hidden subculture, this film is sometimes difficult to watch as its naturalistic approach reveals chilling details about a Turkish family living in Austria.
August 15, 2013
A potent film ... about how families nurture dysfunction behind their self-created barricades.
August 15, 2013
An engaging and touching drama about a young Turkish bride who moves to Austria as a second wife in a family who struggle to deal with her presence.
August 15, 2013
Lacks a structure that serves the narrative to the level it deserves, but Dag is certainly one to watch.
August 15, 2013
It does have some real drama: death, infidelity with a libidinous young grocer, repressed homosexuality, and a genuine seam of sadness running through things.
August 15, 2013
The film surmounts its limitations mainly through performance ...
August 13, 2013
The true-life subject matter makes for chewy drama while also exploring the issue of women's rights.
August 12, 2013
The drama simmers gently, as Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag handles his debut feature with assurance.
August 12, 2013
A confident, vigorously acted debut, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive 'family values'.