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"The Ottoman Lieutenant" is all over the map in terms of tone, genre and acting styles.
We can smell the rancid coats of paint on this attempt to whitewash history.
A near-constant flow of clichés.
The by-the-numbers story never achieves its aimed-for grandeur or intensity, and the striking Turkish locations prove far more interesting than the characters.
There isn't much of a script here.
"The Ottoman Lieutenant" is an overwrought nurse romance merged with a history lesson, a combination that is hard to take as seriously as the film wants to be taken.
I guess the lesson of The Ottoman Lieutenant is simple: If you're gonna make a shameful piece of revisionist propaganda, at least make it entertaining.
What with the mishmash of accents, and Helmar's soporific voiceover, The Ottoman Lieutenant is ludicrous from start to finish.
... the enterprise feels flat and predictable.
The Ottoman Lieutenant adds little to history while shooting at historical romance.
I'm sympathetic to the filmmakers whose craftsmanship went into the movie. Absent historical context this would be adequate light far... but the weak script/dialog and narrative retcon can't be ignored and spoils their efforts.
An old-fashioned melodrama with little imagination when it comes to creating scenes such as the ones where the couple is riding through the countryside or is taking a romantic boat ride. [Full review in Spanish]
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