Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)

Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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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Nihan Asli Elmas
as Y?ld?z's Mother
Taner Birsel
as Zekeriya
Ozkan Ozen
as Ömer
Cuneyt Turel
as Grandfather
Selma Ergeç
as Teacher
Sevinc Erbulak
as Yakup's Mother
Elit Iscan
as Yildiz
Köksal Engür
as Halil Day?
Tarik Sonmez
as Shepherd Davut
Tilbe Saran
as Ömer's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Times and Winds (Bes vakit)

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (19)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a work of singular beauty.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Though modestly plotted and deliberately paced, Times and Winds is a hypnotic look at life in a remote village on Turkey's northwest coast.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Subtly unsettling yet fascinating.

March 14, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Times and Winds (Bes vakit)


Interesting cinematography and beautiful scenery. A glimpse into the lives of rural turkish/muslim adolescents.

Elga Tinger
Elga Tinger

This unsentimental yet magnetic film shows the lives of three children growing up in a very rural Turkish town on the Aegean coast. Hypnotically beautiful. Even the theme of the camera following the children as they walk through the village grows on you. A truly MAGNIFICENT film.

Brian Stokle
Brian Stokle

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