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Sakli yüzler (Hidden Faces) (2007)





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Though little known to many in the west, the practice of an honor killing refers to an instance in which a male family member murders a female family member for tarnishing the image of their clan. Such horrors have traditionally proliferated in some Middle Eastern cultures, and lie at the heart of Turkish helmer Handan Ipekçi's social drama Hidden Faces - the tale of a woman who makes a valiant effort to escape from the evil clutches of her family's vengeance. Throughout, Ipekçi intercuts two time periods; in one, the teenage girl Zuhre (Senay Aydin) makes a potentially fatal error by sleeping with a boy and unwittingly getting pregnant. When her family finds out, they force their son, Ismail (Berk Hakman) to strangle the baby, then shuttle him out into the wilderness with Zuhre, gun-in-tow, with strict orders to shoot the young woman dead. At the last moment, he recants, letting her escape without the parents' knowledge. The picture then flashes forward in time to a period five years hence, when Zuhre is living in exile in Germany. Horrifyingly, she risks being undone (and murdered in cold blood) when her uncle learns of her survival thanks to the malevolent doings of her ex-boyfriend's brother - and promptly determines to seek her out and murder her in cold blood. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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