Yol (The Way)

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The notoriously brutal Turkish prison system undergoes a rare moment of compassion in Yol. Five convicts are given a week's leave from jail so that they may visit their friends, families and lovers. Sadly, each of the men is confronted with tragedy, disillusionment or both upon arriving home. Writer Yilmaz Guney knew whereof he spoke: he spent much of his adult life in prison for various political activities. Using the limited-leave device as a launching pad, Guney uses Yol to savagely skewer many of Turkey's antiquated sociopolitical attitudes, notably the subjugation of women. Forced to direct the film by proxy while still imprisoned (official director Serif Goren merely followed instructions), Guney completed editing the picture in Switzerland, where he'd escaped from his oppressors. Three years after production began, Yol was honored with the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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The result is not merely a document against the military government of Turkey. It is an intensely human story of three lives entangled in tradition and vengeance.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Güney is a firebrand of his country's intellectual left. His films -- slow, ruminative, defiantly indigenous -- smolder with an ideologue's indignation and a poet's ironic compassion.

Aug 26, 2014 | Full Review…

The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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A film whose political and ethnic concerns are likely to be equated -- wrongly -- with cinematic achievement.

Aug 30, 2004

Each time a sequence approaches cinematic life, it's flattened by the appearance of a thesis.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Yol is an ambitious movie, but a curiously slick and distant one.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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