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  • PG
  • Semih Kaplanoglu (2010)
  • Tur / Ger (SUB)
  • 104 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The winner of the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin film festival, writer/director Semih Kaplanoglu's film (the title translates as Honey) completes his reverse chronology trilogy, following 2007's Egg and 2008's Milk. Having already covered his hero Yusuf's adulthood and youth, Kaplanoglu returns to his childhood in the wooded mountains of the north-eastern Turkish province of Rize. The six-year-old Yusuf (Bora Altas) lives with his beekeeping father (Erdal Besikcioglu) and tea-picking mother (Tulin Ozen), and would much rather learn about wildlife than sit with the classmates who tease him about his stuttering and reading difficulties. But when his father fails to come home from an expedition to find new hives, Yusuf devotes himself to being good in the hope of effecting his return. Although Kaplanoglu's minimalist style can occasionally be alienating and wilfully obscure, the film is strikingly photographed by Baris Ozbicer, and the director makes evocative use of natural sounds and silence, creating a poignant study of passing innocence.

Plot Summary

A six-year-old boy in a Turkish village has trouble reading and speaks with a stutter, making him isolated from his classmates. He is devoted to his beekeeper father, but when a tragedy separates them, he becomes ever more withdrawn, to the concern of his mother. Drama, starring Bora Altas and Erdal Besikcioglu. In Turkish.

Cast and crew

Cast

Yusuf
Bora Altas
Yakup
Erdal Besikcioglu
Zehra
Tulin Ozen
Hamdi's father
Kamil Yilmaz
Policeman
Adem Kurkut
Policeman
Erhan Keskin

Crew

Director
Semih Kaplanoglu

Other Information

Language: 
Turkish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Verve Pictures
Released 15 Jul 2011
Categories
Drama

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