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Darkly honest portrayal of a young woman's move from unquestioning obedience to constrained liberty.
Mustafa, um imigrante turco, mora em Viena com Fatma e seus seis filhos. Esta família tradicional escolhe Ayse, uma jovem de 19 anos, para se casar com um de seus filhos, mas quando ela chega no local, a realidade é outra: Ayse será a segunda esposa de Mustafa. Apesar da surpresa no início, nasce uma relação de amizade e cumplicidade entre essas duas esposas de gerações diferentes, principalmente quando a mais nova descobre que Fatma está doente, e tem seus dias contados.
Powerful look at culture clash.. not just between christian structured west and muslim expectations, but also about the clash within cultures of those that have and those that do not, and the power plays that that can engender.
Naturalistic melodrama. Episodic and at times over dramatised.
Young Turkish girl Ayse (Akkaya) marries the handsome Hassan (Muslu) in her small rural village before moving with her husband to his home in Vienna, Austria. The marriage is a sham, however, designed solely to appease the Austrian authorities. On paper, Ayse has married Hassan, but in reality she has become the second wife of Mustafa (Erincin). His first wife, Fatma (Koldas), is accepting of the arrangement as she expects to die from cancer soon. However, Mustafa is the one who passes away, following a heart attack. Ayse becomes the new joint head of the family, much to the chagrin of Mustafa's daughters, who are roughly the same age as her and identify themselves as Austrians rather than Turks.
For practically every Western European country, the current political hot topic is immigration. Liberal societies find themselves struggling to accommodate those who arrive from the ultra-conservative culture of Islam. We've seen the issue addressed in several recent films but Turkish-Austrian film-maker Dag is the first to tackle this subject from the side of the Islamic immigrants. Like the sons and daughters of Mustafa, Dag appears to consider himself closer to Austrian culture than that of Islam.
The film heavily critiques Islamic culture but does so in an overly melodramatic fashion. If a Muslim family appeared in a TV soap opera, I imagine their story-line would hit all the cliched points we get here; a character is secretly homosexual (Dag seems to offensively suggest Austrian society has "turned" him), while another one embarks on an affair in the local Turkish supermarket. There's not one twist you can't see coming and, while some elements may shock you if you're a radical conservative who lives with your head in the sand, it's all old hat if you're a corrupted western infidel.
Akkaya, a stunning and charismatic actress, puts in a great performance but if you want to see a critique of Islam handled in a more mature fashion, I suggest you check out Haifaa Al-Mansour's excellent 'Wadjda'.
A beautifully directed movie involving a family drama incorporating the elements of culture and tradition as well as emotion. It exemplifies the juxtaposition of old ways versus new ones. I believe this movie has to be more critically acclaimed to get the fame it's worthy of.
Centered on two women from a Turkish family living in Vienna, this sensitive and involving drama takes a careful time to let us understand them instead of judging their actions - thanks especially to Koldas and Akkaya, who perfectly convey all the emotion needed for their roles.