Tuesday, March 22, 2011
TrustMovies, for one, certainly had never heard about all this lush greenery? He knows now, thanks to filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu and his "Yusuf" Trilogy, of which BAL (Honey) -- which opens this week in New York -- is the final film. And a beautiful, quiet, sad addition to the threesome it is. It is also an immensely educational movie -- from the forest that plays a big part in the riveting opening scene to the schooling of the leading character, who stutters, but without the royal pedigree of our Oscar-wining king and his speech. Bal is also, unfortunately, a rather slow movie.
Bora Altas, shown above and below), his father Erdal Besikçioglu (shown below, left) and mother Tülin Özen -- and a more cinematic group you'd be hard-pressed to find. They and the life they lead prove finally interesting enough to hold us in their grasp. They also make us wonder what will become of young Yusuf. And for that, you'll need to turn to Süt (Milk) from 2007, that offers Yusuf, now university-aged, and Yumurta (Egg) made in 2008, that shows us Yusuf as an adult. (You can "Save" Süt on Netflix -- but not, for whatever reason, Yumurta.)
Olive Films -- opens this Friday, March 25, in New York City at Village East Cinema.