Times and Winds (Bes vakit)


Times and Winds (Bes vakit)

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Lilting and meditative, Reha Erdem's story of three adolescents in rural Turkey captivates with intimate details and long takes of the endless countryside.



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Islamic faith holds that prayer uttered five times every day brings man face to face with his five "phases," or states of mind resulting from the tension of workaday life: fear and desire, love and grudge, faith and pain, screams and sobbing and passion and hate. Since every encounter in Islamic life is said to create new pain--whether that of growing up, growing old or merely getting by--then prayer is the panacea for the inevitable tragedy that is life. In Turkish director Reha Erdem's sumptuously composed fourth feature, childhood life in a rural village on a mountain overlooking the sea is the incubator for an examination of that pain as experienced through the eyes of three very different children: Ömer, the son of the local imam; his best friend, Yakup, who's enamored with the village schoolteacher; and Yildiz, who is forced to balance her studies with the household needs of her demanding mother. Their youthful internal struggles play out against a natural backdrop of passing hours, changing seasons and rural tradition.


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  • It's a work of singular beauty.

    Aug 27, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Erdem's script and his young cast do a fine job of recalling the years between carefree childhood (embodied by Omer's brother, the precocious and adorable Ali) and adult power and duties.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though painfully slow to ignite and poetically portentous on occasions, Reha Erdem's film about three children growing up in a remote Anatolian village, isolated by high mountains, has an impressive edge to it.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Times and Winds is a remarkable piece of work, conceived at the highest pitch of intelligence: it is a cinematic poem, replete with fear and rapture, and one of the best films of the year.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is, at a guess, about life's relentless march, about death, rebirth, and the hollow limits of religion in the face of overwhelming nature. You have to see it to get it, but when you've got it you've got it for good.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Buried in leaves or hugging the rocks, they could be in ecstatic communion or fusing with the natural world. More likely, Erdem's marvellous film sees them as bridging the divide between heaven and earth.

    Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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