It's startling how similar is the image and idea of the opening moments of the new Turkish film BLISS (Mutluluk) to the image that sets the tone and plot in motion from last year's award-winning Italian film The Girl by the Lake (now available On-Demand via IFC). Both show a young woman's body at a lakeside. Though, in the Ital-
ian version, the body is nude and dead, in the Turkish rendition, she's alive and clothed, though it soon becomes apparent that it would be better for everyone concerned (except the girl herself) were she dead. The young woman, you see, has been raped, and in this mountain village where tradition trumps intelligence and humanity, she is now expected to kill herself for the "honor" of her family.