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on 18 April 2014
I began with 'Bal' (Honey), the last of the three films in the Yusuf trilogy to be produced, yet chronologically the first. The film offers a 'slice of life' in a beautifully verdant and forested region of rural Turkey by looking at the relationship of the six-year old Yusuf with his mother and father, and looking also at his experience of school. The young Yusuf stammers and struggles to read aloud in class but enjoys a close relationship with his father. A disturbing sense of loss is conveyed when the father goes to set up hives in the mountains but does not return... We share in the family's anxieties until finally there is resolution. 'Sut' (Milk) takes us to a more urban environment where Yusuf, now a young man, delivers milk to help his mother but harbours dreams of being a poet. He instead suffers setbacks and disappointments culminating in his having to work in the mine. 'Yumurta' takes the now mature Yusuf back from Istanbul following the death of his mother.

Each of the films is understated and leaves you wanting more.
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on 3 July 2012
Magic, breathtaking and powerful story. Excellent narrative and acting. The relationship between mother and son is as well very fragile as deeply rooted in the local nature and culture. The epic storytelling made me not leave my chair through all 3 parts.
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on 27 December 2011
I was mesmerised watching Bal last night. A portrait of a rural Turkish community and family, with gorgeous cinematography creating wonderful pictures. It has an opening sequence that could hardly have been more dramatic and ominous, and that seeds apprehension across the rest of the film. I'm just ordering the trilogy to see what the others are like.
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on 24 January 2012
Ordinary life is presented as extraordinary in this trilogy. Without anything sensational happening I was fascinated! A truly spiritual experience without any explicit reference to religion. Life in all its simplicity and wonder, the miracle of existence presented in a very down to earth way. There's even no use of music; the images are powerful enough in themselves.
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on 26 March 2016
This was like watching paint dry at the best of times. Once scene lasting 5 minutes involves watching a bright headlight in the camera.... ~Some of the scenes stick in your head, but if you value your time and like some coherent action this film is not for you.
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