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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Nihal G. Koldas
Begüm Akkaya
Vedat Erincin
Murathan Muslu.
Directors
Umut Dag.
Screenwriters
Petra Ladinigg.
Running Time
93 minutes

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Kuma
Measured Turkish melodrama


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Plot
When Ayse (Akkaya), a 19 year-old Turkish village girl, becomes the second wife - or 'kuma' - of aging patriarch Mustafa (Erincin), she has to move to the unfamiliar surrounds of Vienna. There she meets the woman she will eventually replace, Mustafa's dying first wife, Fatma (Koldas).


Review
Kuma

Nihal G. Koldas and Begüm Akkaya excel as the dying matriarch and the Kurdish bride transported to Vienna as her successor. But the arthouse aesthetic can’t disguise the melodramatic core of this look at migrants caught between indigenous and assimilated cultures.
 


Verdict
The drama simmers gently, as Kurdish-Austrian director Umut Dag handles his debut feature with assurance.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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