Saturday, December 03, 2011

Autumn (2008) : a lyrical movie

The Turkish movie `Sonbahar` a.k.a. `Autumn` is the debut long feature film of Özcan Alper.The film and director were awarded in several festivals.[more info here :].

The film`s locations are based in villages/towns close to Artvin , a city in North-East Turkey, close to the Black Sea area.The language spoken is Turkish/Georgian and Homshetsi dialect.

The film tells about the story of Yusuf, a student who was imprisoned at the age of 22 for political reasons. .Yusuf is released 2 years earlier from prison due to his deteriorated health because of hunger strike and suffering the inhuman condition of F-type jails.

He returns home in his village to find only his 75 years old, sick mother.Because of economic reasons, the village`s main inhabitants are only old people.
Yusuf`s only friend is Mikhail , a dude from his youth time , who`s soul has started to fade in this place forgotten by everyone.
In one of their meetings , where Yusuf spends time as usual not talking much, Yusuf meets with Eka a Georgian prostitute.

Chemistry between them is inevitable.

For Yusuf , spending all of his time sick in his bed pondering on the childhood and youth years and also being aware of his end , this is something he has to escape and not think about.
For Eka (mother of a 4 years old), such a romantic adventure is not what she should go about, according to everyone surrounding her.
But what will fate cook for these 2 tired souls in the autumn of their lives ?How will they bond with each other?

This is a splendid , not too much verbal film, with very intense visual language.
Each frame of the film , is strikingly powerful and thought-provoking.

The minimalism factor is not only sensed and seen in the dialogue, but also on the play of the actors, avoiding so the melodrama.

To be mentioned also the beautiful soundtrack and the requiem in the end ..[link of it :]

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