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Egg (2007)





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When the elderly mother of a poet passes away and the man returns home to say his last goodbyes, his attempt to fulfill her last wish hits an unexpected snag in director Semih Kaplanoglu's quiet drama. It's been years since Yusuf moved from the village in which he was raised, and visits back home have been few and far between. For the last five years, Ayla has been caring for Yusuf's ailing mother. Now, upon returning to his decrepit family home, Yusuf is charged with the task of performing a sacrificial rite that his mother could not complete before she died. In the following days Yusuf and Ayla will set out on a long journey to the saint's tomb. On the way, however, the unfamiliar pair is obligated to spend a night in a rural hotel in which a wedding party is currently underway. It doesn't take long for Yusuf and Ayla to become swept up in the festive atmosphere, and in the process a warm bond is formed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Many good things about this film: good acting, sensitive direction, a real feel for time and place. However, all this cannot disguise the fact that there's just not enough of a story, and so, a lot just seems like boring futility.

Frances Ann Ade
Frances Ann Ade

Poet Yusuf (35-38) returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. He is faced with a neglected, crumbling house. Ayla, a young girl (17-19) awaits him there. Yusuf has been unaware of the existence of this distant relation who had been living with his mother for five years; He stays by his dead mother's bedside for a while on the morning of his return. Ayla's presence alleviates the emotions evoked by death to an extent. But how will Yusuf cope with the guilt that embraces him after the funeral? Will he manage to overcome it? The maternal household's chattels, and everyday habits, the staid rhythm of the provinces and the spaces filled with ghosts&; The town he once had left to escape all this, re-enchants Yusuf. Yusuf finds out on the day he's due to return to Istanbul that he is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother had been prevented by death from fulfilling. Ayla pressures him. Yusuf and Ayla set off for the saint's tomb, some three or four hours away, for the traditional sacrifice ceremony that his mother Zehra had pledged. Ayla is very excited about this, her first trip out of the small town. An accident is to force Yusuf to confront all that he had been trying to evade. Unable to locate the herd amongst which the sacrificial animal was to be selected, they have to spend the night in a hotel by the crater lake. While the falling snow blankets guilt, they are no longer heading back to that old town.

kevin joy
kevin joy

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Sense of not belonging to a place where is alienating & peaceful at the same time

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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