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Yol (The Way) Reviews

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½ November 23, 2014
The Turkish society it depicts is somehow still valid today, particularly regarding the Kurds.
April 16, 2013
Um filme devastador que mostra as desigualdades e problemas da sociedade turca.
½ April 13, 2013
An enduring Turkish film about social drama.
March 10, 2013
Duvaar will still be my favorite Guney work... this one being slightly more melodramatic (not my cup) ...
January 22, 2013
your attention is not captured by 'camera-angels' or 'colour-mixing' or anything like that ..you encounter a world where people can change their destiny but something is holding them back ...this movie still hasnt reached the point where the hope which it is''concealed'' in,has come to its possible meaning or if you like;destiny...
½ May 20, 2012
In 1974, the famous kurdish actor and director Yilmaz Güney was arrested for the charge of murdering a judge. These accusations was of course false, he was basically arrested because of his political views that provoked the Turkish government. But the imprisonment didn't prevent him from keep on fighting. He actually directed three films, or in this case gave instructions to other directors, and the last one is probably his most famous and most provoking, Yol which in english means "the road".

Yol tells us the story about several Kurdish prisoners who is granted a furlough, only to find themselves lost in a place they don't recognize anymore or are not welcomed, some of them find their home occupied by Turks. For instance one of the prisoners, Mehmet Salih is become a dishonor for his wife's family after running away from his brother-in-law during the heist he was arrested for, a man that was shot and which he could have helped. And when he comes back, her family is not afraid to kill him at the spot. An other prisoner is Seyit Ali, who travels by horse to his home up in the cold mountains only to find out that his wife has been unfaithful to him by working as a prostitute. His family have kept her in chains until the day Seyit returns to kill her because of her disloyalty.

There's a lot of stories, some big, some small, but they all shows us the Turkish society from a Kurdish point of view. The problem is not only about the Turkish militant repression but also about the Kurdish family law and culture. Honor killing is quiet acceptable, but it's not only the Kurds, there's also honor killings in many culture inside many different religious branch. Yol was actually banned in Turkey until 1999 because of it's view towards the Turkish treatment of the Kurds, and the religious themes.

Yol is a great film. It's not only a honest film, (though I expected the Turkish prisons to be as brutal as in Midnight Express) it's also a great poetic and beautiful film, beautiful landscapes and cinematography, that really brings forth the Kurdish mythology. It's as mind blowing, as if we should have been in Russia. Like with the films most famous scene where Seyit carry his wife who is suppose to freeze to death but Seyit change his and tries to save her, but it's to late. Another great scene is when Ömer is playing with a dog is a meadow and having fun, he then stops and turn his eyes towards his village, when he suddenly hear shots. As beautiful photographed as a David Lean film and as political as a Costa-Gavras film, this is a must see film. Thumbs up.
August 30, 2011
This actually looks pretty cool.
August 21, 2011
fazaye tarike dahe 80 torkie .enteghadi ejtemaiye vali be siasataye hokumat nezamio in jur chizam bad mitaze/
dardnak bud makhsusan marge Ziné
½ June 27, 2011
Rating:3.6/5. Pretty good film, with realistic characters involved in tragedies. My favorite sequences were of the snow. Although the stories are mostly predictable, it is a well made film, with some great shots.
April 9, 2011
Stone-cold stuff. Challanging but culturally indulgent. Each of the prisoners' journey stories are compellingly human and emotionally ambivalent. The film conveys a sense of rawness that pervades the directors own knowledge and experience of the harsh Turkish culture, climate and landscape. The moment of the 'scuffle' on the train and it's subsequent scenes are exceptionally hard to grasp but underscores the true tone of the film.
March 12, 2011
saw it 15 years ago and just saw it again-unforgettable.....
February 21, 2011
IntĂ (C)ressant ce portrait dur et dĂ (C)nonciateur de la Turquie du dĂ (C)but des annĂ (C)es 80.
½ January 12, 2011
Turkiskt drama och ett gÀng straffÄngar pÄ permission i ett politiskt oroligt Turkiet. VÀl ute mÀrker de att livet i Turkiet Àr lika instÀngt, och lika svÄrt, utanför murarna som innanför. Knivskarp och stenhÄrd film utan nÄgot som helst onödigt larv. Att se filmen kÀnns ungefÀr som att befinna sig i ett litet instÀngt rum som sakta töms pÄ syre och nÀr filmen Àr slut kÀnner man sig snudd pÄ lika uppgiven som filmens karaktÀrer. Regissören och författaren Yilmaz Gà 1/4ney var en kurdisk regimkritiker som fÀngslades strax efter pÄbörjandet av inspelningen, och pÄ nÄgot sÀtt lyckades faktiskt filmen slutföras med hjÀlp av utsmugglade lappar med manus och regiinstruktioner. Som sagt, stenhÄrt.
½ October 9, 2010
The word 'harsh' best sums up this culturally-evocative film. In many ways, the picture it portrays of Turkey at the time in the early 80s isn't exactly warm and inviting. But then again, that is a western perspective. Although the many significant instances in the film are pessimistic (the couple been shot on the train being a prime example), the enduring images are those of the beautiful landscapes, from the bustling urbanscapes to the snow-covered mountainscapes.
July 31, 2010
your attention is not captured by 'camera-angels' or 'colour-mixing' or anything like that ..you encounter a world where people can change their destiny but something is holding them back ...this movie still hasnt reached the point where the hope which it is''concealed'' in,has come to its possible meaning or if you like;destiny...
May 22, 2010
'Yol(The Road)' tells us the story of five prisoners who released to see their families and the difficulties they come across throughout the road. The story is plain and though strong: you may be not a prisoner in a jail but still there are lots of prisons like culture, government itself, even love and guards like people, family etc...
May 7, 2010
Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?
½ January 30, 2010
Forget the nonsense of Midnight Express. This is the real Turkish prison movie - sad and powerful.
July 6, 2009
Palme D'Or winner from Turkey about a group of prisoners who are given a week long leave. The set up doesn't sound too exciting, and if you're familiar with many of the Cannes winners, it sort of has the usual pace to it, but it's a well made film. It picks up in the second half, particularly the scene with the man going home to see his wife and has to travel through a snowy mountain to get there. I also loved the scenes with Cobanaglu, the star of Journey of Hope. Give it a chance if you can find it, it's got some memorable moments.
½ April 20, 2009
A sad statement on Turkey's sick and tyrannical culture/state, it's also a moving portrait of how oppression in all its forms--be it constraints enforced by something as intimate as the family to something as collective as the nation--makes for needless and tragic human suffering. Absolutely top-notch stuff.
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