A study of awakening adolescence in a remote Turkish village.
With its depiction of life in a remote Turkish village, this study of awakening adolescence recalls the harsh rural fables of the Taviani brothers. There is more lyricism in Reha Erdem’s narrative, but he’s no less trenchant in considering how long such communities can survive when youngsters are increasingly alienated from age-old customs and attitudes. Despite their delight in simple pleasures, each tweenage protagonist feels a pang of rebellion, with Özkan Özen longing for the death of his strict iman father, Ali Bey Kayali ashamed of his timid father, and the spirited Elit Iscan resenting her mother saddling her with household chores. A toughly touching insight into the pain of growing up.
A toughly touching insight into the pain of growing up.