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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. Read critic reviews

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Three youngsters lead difficult lives in a poor, rural mountain village in northern Turkey. Omer (Ozkan Ozen) hates his father, the village Imam, and imagines different ways to kill him. His friend Yakup (Ali Bey Kayali) has a secret infatuation with his teacher. Yildiz (Elit Iscan) must handle the housework handed out by her severe mother. Their tough existence is tempered by the wonder and excitement of youth, as their daily lives are divided into five sections, separated by prayer sessions.

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's a work of singular beauty.

    August 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.

    October 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.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Light radiates intensely from Reha Erdem's glowing enigma, a spiritual yet earthy meditation on the passing of time that proves quietly fruitful.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is concerned with observing the passage of time, the change in the light, the immemorial contours of the landscape, and, in one shot, a very touching pieta of a boy and his new baby sibling. Compelling stuff if you can stay with it.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's a work of singular beauty.

    August 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.

    October 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.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • As Arvo Pärt's orchestration runs ponderously through the film, so the consequences of cyclical violence weigh heavily on Erdem's mind. But his vision is not without hope.

    June 15, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • An earthy, cruelly honest dream-wander through the physical and emotional awakenings of three young teenagers whose lives are shaped and constrained by the rural rhythms of their remote mountain village.

    October 29, 2008 | Full Review…

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