Yol (The Way) (1982)




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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
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Tarik Akan
as Seyit Ali
Halil Ergun
as Mehmet Salih
Semra Ucar
as Gulbahar
Hikmet Celik
as Mevlut
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Critic Reviews for Yol (The Way)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
TIME Magazine
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The film's poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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A film whose political and ethnic concerns are likely to be equated -- wrongly -- with cinematic achievement.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Each time a sequence approaches cinematic life, it's flattened by the appearance of a thesis.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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A visually intense examination of Turkish mores and customs.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
TV Guide

Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
Radio Times

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